Felicity Ann Debuts at Wooden Boat Festival 2017

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding has completed an extensive restoration of Felicity Ann, the 23-foot sloop that in 1953 carried Englishwoman Ann Davison into maritime history as the first woman to sail solo across the Atlantic.

​This small but mighty wooden boat makes her public debut at the 2017 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival under the stewardship of the Community Boat Project, now in its 10th year of providing hands-on, intergenerational maritime education in Jefferson County.


Felicity Ann gleams in her new home in the Community Boat Project shop, where she will be outfitted this winter for sailing next summer.

You can find Felicity Ann on her trailer at the Community Boat Project’s usual spot, located between the music stage and the inner harbor. Come aboard!

A 20-minute talk is presented at the boat twice daily on Friday and Saturday, and once on Sunday.

“How Ann Davison and Felicity Ann Sailed Into Women’s History”
Friday:  11:30 & 2:00
Saturday:  11:30 & 2:00
Sunday:  11:30

Ann Davison was an unlikely singlehander who probably never would have gone to sea if she hadn’t fallen in love with a sailor. She first had to learn to sail and use a sextant, and then nearly ran out of food, water and cigarettes during her slow (and radio-less!) 65-day crossing. But she succeeded, and dedicated her effort (and the resulting memoir, My Ship Is So Small) to her husband, who had died three years earlier in a shipwreck that she miraculously survived. Ann Davison’s courage and grace in the face of adversity inspires us today.

Learn more at:  www.felicityann.org.

About Shelly Rees Randall

Felicity Ann Coordinator for the Community Boat Project in Port Hadlock, Wash.
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