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-From the year 1890 –
A movement is on foot to organize a boating club. Boating is a most healthful exercise and it is a surprise to many that a club was not organized long ago.
Ollie Willoughby is out in a sliding seat nearly every day, and is getting in fine trim…and rowing is becoming a favorite exercise with many of the gentler sex.    

                       -Port Townsend Leader, 1890

If there’s one thing that epitomizes Port Townsend it’s classic wooden boats. Whether sailing, rowing, sculling, or paddling, most of the town is out on the water – most of the time.

In 2005, The Port Townsend Rowing Club became the Rat Island Rowing and Sculling Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to to helping neighbors of all ages discover the joy of boats, the water, and each other.

We row a variety of wood and fiberglass shells. But what makes us unique is the number of classic cedar medal-winners that have found their way to our boathouse, where they’re lovingly restored and maintained by those who still love to sweep, scull and race them!

The mission of the Rat island Rowing and Sculling Club is to provide opportunity to youth and adults in the Greater Port Townsend community to learn and improve sweep and scull rowing skills through recreational and competitive rowing programs, to preserve and celebrate the legacy of traditional wooden racing shells, and to be stewards of our marine environment.

Rat island Rowing and Sculling Club is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.