John has been involved with the festival since its inception, serving as chair from 1998 until 2005. He has had a wooden boat of some description since the age of five, notably the Knut Reimers’ yawl, Gabrielle II, and the Bill Garden circumnavigator, Astrocyte. For 20 years his troller cruiser, Scaup, served as the festival committee boat. John’s interest in the provenance of west coast craft, power and sail, commercial and pleasure, has kept pace with his childhood enthusiasm over the years and his knowledge of these vessels is considered encyclopaedic. He has been a staunch supporter of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia and the S.A.L.T.S. Sail and Life Training Society. It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we say goodbye to John in his passing - he will be dearly missed.
Chris started out as a young lad watching Maurice Gronlund, (and at times getting in the way), building and repairing wood boats on the Fraser River. He joined the yard in 1977 and fished commercially on his own boat in the summers. He was part of the crew when Maurice built the Ocean Twilight and the Ocean Radiant. Chris worked with Maurice until 1993 at which time Maurice retired and sold the shipyard to Chris. Gronlund Boatworks continues to rebuild and maintain commercial and pleasure wooden vessels in a traditional yard where the smell of oakum and yellow cedar still perfumes the air. Chris adds an in-depth knowledge of West Coast workboats to the Classic Boat Festival.
David Huchthausen is a Fulbright Scholar and former University Professor. His sculpture is included in permanent collections of 60 major museums worldwide. David is currently Commodore of the Pacific Northwest Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association and has owned and restored classic power boats for more than 20 years. He is an avid historian and maintains the largest collection of motorboating and yachting magazines in North America. His yacht “Zanzibar” was awarded “Best Overall Power Boat” and “Best Engine Room” at the 2003 Classic Boat Festival®.
Ted is a highly respected West Coast boat builder based in Sidney. He was mentored by the legendary Frank Fredette and worked for many years with Peter London. He is an instructor with the Quadrant marine Apprenticeship program. Ted has built and restored a wide variety of Westcoart craft including both work and pleasure boats. He is particularly well regarded for his intimate knowledge and understanding of hydrolosis and corrosion in the marine environment.
Jacqueline is a Master Mariner whose love for sailing began as a child in the Netherlands. She has been involved in the recreational boating community since 1989 and is an Offshore Yachtmaster ISPA instructor. Commercially, Jacqueline has worked as master and officer on various vessels including cruise ships, the Halifax pilot boat, Canadian Coast Guard vessels, and various eco-tourism charter vessels on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Canada. Her experience also includes many years on traditional sailing ships in Europe, the Caribbean, and Pacific Coast. She owned and operated the 90 ft Traditional Steel Schooner, White Raven II, which she sailed from the Netherlands to Vancouver. Jacqueline attended the North West School of Wooden Boat Building in 2000. She now lives on Gabriola Island where she operates a boat canvas and sail repair business. She also instructs various Transport Canada Certified Courses at Camosun College in Victoria.
Born on a farm in Switzerland, Ulrich couldn't wait till he could run away to sea , but first he had to apprentice as a Cabinet Maker. He then signed on with the Swiss Merchant Marine as deckhand and Ordinary Seaman.
He became Ship's Carpenter and eventually Third Mate.
In the 70's Ulrich emigrated to Canada to work as a boat builder with C&C CUSTOM Yachts, in Oakville. He soon realized that if he wanted to see the world properly, he'd have to do it in his own boat. When family matters called him back to farming again in Switzerland, he used what spare time he had to build a 34 foot double ended ketch, SEEADLER II. In 1980 he sailed her from Marseille back to Canada to continue work at C&C. Finding the economy there had tanked, he cast off from Lake Ontario with Margot as mate. Four years later they sailed into Victoria Harbour.
Now settled in Duncan, Ulrich has built, repaired and added beauty to
many of the classic boats on the West Coast.
Capt. Bill Noon
Bill was introduced to wooden boats at the age of 13 aboard a Navy whaler and has been involved ever since, both professionally and with his own Messenger III. The Messenger was inherited from his father-in-law (the late Blayney Scott, past Commodore and long-time Festival judge) and has attended most every Classic Boat Show from the inception of the festival. Bill was responsible for the last wooden lifeboat in service in North America, CCLB Bamfield, and brought her to the show in her final year of service. He has devoted a major part of his time to the preservation of the ships and history of the Northwest Coast of the Americas and he is a staunch Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Thermopylae Club supporter. Bill is current master of the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the ship which found the wreck of Sir John Franklins ship HMS Erebus in the summer of 2014, partially solving the 140 year mystery of the greatest Arctic epic of all time.
Carole has been a sailmaker and owner of Hasse & Company, Port Townsend Sails, since 1978. She became a sailmaker from a love of cruising having sailed 35,000 offshore miles in northern and southern latitudes on boats varying in size from 25’ to 101’. Carole’s first love is wooden boats. She was a partner in the building of a 37’ Pete Culler schooner and has owner her 1959 Danish built Folkboat “Lorraine” since 1978. She has served on the board of the Northwest School of Boatbuilding and was a founding board member of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Foundation and Festival. Well know for her sail making and sail training teaching, she holds a USCG 110-ton near coastal license and is and ISPA instructor.
Phil apprenticed with David Hilliard’s yard in Sussex before coming to Canada in 1969 where he started with McQueen’s, moving on to Grenfell, Celtic shipyards and the B.C. Forest Service before going out on his own and working as an independent shipwright. One of his projects was the restoration of the well known cutter Cresset, a winner in the first years of this festival. In 1979, he and his wife Sandra bought Cove Yachts in Maple Bay. Over the past 30 years they have built Cove Yachts from one set of ways into a full service yard, developing a sterling reputation in the wooden boat fraternity, for both commercial and yachts, hauling and doing complete repairs to boats up to 80 feet.
Bent served his apprenticeship in Denmark as a shipwright and attended technical school there. He immigrated to Canada in 1955 and began working at Starship Yards in New Westminster on wooden commercial vessels.
After moving to Vancouver Island, Bent worked in a production ship building small cedar strip boats for Woodwards and Simpson Sears. He next worked for Port Alberni Marine on maintenance and building small wooden boats. In 1961, Bent moved to Sidney and went to work for Philbrook’s yard where he stayed for 13 years, rising to the position of foreman. In 1971 the family spent one year in Ghana with the United Nations, teaching boat building.
Bent returned to Philbrook’s where he stayed until 1974 when he left to set up his own yard. Over the years Bent’s yard has earned an enviable reputation, particularly for their cold moulded boats.
Dan Martin became a journeyman machinist in 1967. The following year he founded Everett Engineering Inc. Having built a steam-powered motorcycle, he turned his interests to marine engineering and is now one of the major marine machinery engineering contractors in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. In addition to satet-of-the-art commercial re-builds, he has a reputation for repair and production of obsolete parts for such engines as “Washington:, “Enterprise”, and “Atlas”. He has been responsible for the preservation of much of the machinery powering historic vessels in the Puget Sound area. He has also patented a mobile steam cappuccino maker specifically for boilers under 20 hp.
After completing a four-year boatbuilding apprenticeship that started in 1980, Tony honed his skills as a shipwright specializing in wooden boat restoration, construction and interior building and has worked for various companies and private clients around the West Coast. Tony has published a number of articles, has lectured for various groups and classes and has done consulting work on boat interior design and manufacturing. In 1999 he began instructing at the Silva Bay Shipyard School on Gabriola Island and in 2003 became the school’s head instructor. Tony is now back working for himself as an artist, writer, part time teacher, custom woodworker, and boatbuilder at his home shop tucked amongst the trees on Gabriola Island, BC.
Rob found his passion for wooden boats while attending Sheridan College, where he studied furniture design. After attending the Wooden Boat School in Port Townsend, WA. he had the opportunity to work alongside Paul Gartside, followed by years of servicing the wooden boat community on Southern Vancouver Island. His entrepreneurial endeavors lead him to form a partnership with Jean Gaudin. Abernethy & Gaudin Boatbuilders Ltd. has been building and restoring classic boats since 1999.
Capt. A.R. Toxopeus (Tony)
Tony joins the team this year bringing over thirty years of marine experience to the judges panel. A licensed Ship Master, Marine Surveyor and experienced seaman, having worked on fishing vessels, Coast Guard ships, large commercial schooners, tugboats, Hovercraft and passenger vessels. His endeavors as a accredited marine surveyor have included building, repairing and testing all types of vessels, yachts, ships and Hovercraft. He is a founding Instructor of Coast Guard ‘s famed Rigid Hull Inflatable Offshore Training School (RHIOT), and also Navy and Coast Guard trained diver. Tony resides in Vancouver and is a exciting addition to this years festival team.