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Home of Johnson Boatworks Demolished

Down she went. The building that housed the century-old Johnson Boat Works was flattened with hydraulic shovels in 2013 to make room for senior living on the shores of White Bear Lake Minnesota.  This might seem obscure to the casual reader, but here on the Potomac, it hits home.

The fleet of the Potomac includes six scows from Johnson Boat Works, in White Bear Lake Minnesota.  

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Wednesday Night Racing Kickoff

Julian and Tripp in Avocado
Julian and Tripp in Avocado

There are two places to race your dinghy on Wednesday evenings this summer:  Sailing Club of Washington competes their Flying Scots and gamely allowed the scows to mix in for racing in the lagoon.  First race is 5:30.

Also possible to join the Albacores and Buccaneers which race  around channel markers further down river. This is Potomac River Sailing Association’s contribution to the Wednesday racing scene.   Racing starts 6pm. Continue reading Wednesday Night Racing Kickoff

Yards Park is a Happening

The Anacostia is a dusty ol’ river, but no one is joking about it any longer.  With a world class ballpark, condos and restaurants, it is as close to a “scene” as Washington gets.  Friday nights, the Yards Park is swinging with hipsters at the outdoor concert seriees.  July 5 saw an invasion of scows.  Tim had his boat out.  Brian was driving Guacamole with Kathy trimming.  And Steve and Karen made Whistlebritches scoot.  Two  PERF boats arrived.  Bill Davenport dropped anchor near the USS Barry and started playing his Jimmy Buffet loop whilst that new Beneteau First Twenty tied up alongside.  Nice night for sailing too, with a solid 12 knots until dusk.