Anacortes Waterfront Alliance First Year
Youth Learn the fundamentals of sailing on beautiful Fidalgo bay

Youth Learn the fundamentals of sailing on beautiful Fidalgo bay

What we have accomplished in the first year

  • Our partnership with the Anacortes Parks and Rec Summer Learn-to-Sail programs yielded over 200 user-days for both youth and adults.

  • Through the reinstatement of adult Learn-to-Sail programs, 12 local adults were introduced to the lifelong sport of sailing.

  • Nine new boats have been introduced into program fleets to support increasing demand.

  • Located in the Cap Sante Marina north basin- Our small boat storage facilities continue to operate at capacity offering easy and affordable moorage to over 40 boats.

  • The AWA has entered into a direct partnership with Anacortes Parks and Rec to provide management and funding for the Seahawks Sailing Team. Anacortes will be hosting the fleet districts regatta on May 4th and 5th at Seafarers Memorial Park.

  • Strategic partnerships have been created and strengthened with local and regional organizations such as the Port of Anacortes, the City of Anacortes, OARS, Anacortes Marine Trades Association, Northwest Marine Trades Association, The Anacortes Library Maritime Collection, Anacortes Rotary, Anacortes Yacht Club, Flounder Bay Yacht Club, and others.

Building on the legacy of the Anacortes Small Boat Center, Director Kevin Pratt has set a course for the AWA to create a vibrant, boating-centered waterfront. With a line-up of planned educational and fun waterfront programs to provide the community with access to the water and reinforcing the Anacortes maritime heritage, the AWA’s future is AFLOAT and sailing toward new horizons.

Future Afloat

Community members engaging with programs through our waterfront kiosk.

Community members engaging with programs through our waterfront kiosk.

The addition of the waterfront kiosk continues to be a top priority for the AWA as programs exceed current infrastructure and community demand grows. The kiosk will serve as the public service point for current and future waterfront programs. The kiosk will be located at Seafarers Memorial Park- the premier location for waterfront recreation in Anacortes. This exciting addition will bolster our waterfront programs for this and future generations.


Also on the horizon…

  • Summer Learn-to-Sail program offerings will double in 2019 providing education and access for over 100 sailors.

  • For the first time in Anacortes history, Learn-to-Sail graduates will have access to rental boats via a new program we call “Open Sail”. Open Sail times will be hosted twice a week throughout the summer. Watch for more information.

  • In addition to Open Sail, our new waterfront kiosk may soon host a public Stand Up Paddle board program and frequent Community Paddle Nights.

  • Sailing Club is a new program which offers youth Learn-to-Sail graduates an opportunity to carry their skills into the school year. Adjacent to the Seahawks racing team, Sailing Club is social, fun, and purely recreational. This program will also offer younger sailors an opportunity to build excitement and skills for future involvement with the racing team

  • The AWA is making efforts to reestablish Lido Fleet 78, a community club based around one design dinghy racing. This club offers fun and social opportunities for youth and adult sailors alike, including competitive opportunities further afield.

Join Us On The Water


Thank You

Recent Donations

  • $10,000 -Anonymous

  • $1,500 -AMTA

  • $5,000 -Barrett Financial Community Caring Project

  • $3,000 -Anacortes Library Maritime Foundation

  • $1,000- Anacortes Yacht Club

  • $1,000 -Bob Hayward

  • $700- Beth Bell

  • $500 -Emerald Marine

  • $500- Fine Edge/ Wagonner Guide

Recent Grants

  • Noon Rotary -$3,500

  • Morning Rotary -$3,800

  • NMTA -$1,000

And a big thank you to all AWA members. Your support is invaluable to the organization.

Kevin Pratt
Happy Holidays From AWA

Happy Holidays friends of AWA!

As we complete another circumnavigation around the sun we take a moment to reflect on the past year- its been a big one!

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It has been an honor to have you with us throughout this past season and with your help we have reached amazing milestones. Let’s remember a few together.

  • The ever popular “Learn to Sail” programs booked in only a couple of days. Through our partnership with Anacortes Parks and Rec we were able to offer more weeks of youth program than in recent years. Over 60 youth were impacted this year.

  • Adult Learn to Sail programs were officially reinstated and 15 new sailors were introduced to our wonderful waterfront.

  • Easy and affordable waterfront access was provided for more than 40 small boats- sailboats, rowboats, and kayaks alike.

  • The head coach position for our high school sailing team was filled and a fall season was offered for the first time in many years. Students attended multiple regattas and weekly practices amounting to a 10 month team sailing program.

  • New boats have been acquired to facilitate the growth of our waterfront programs. Sustainable fleet replacement programs are being developed for future needs.

  • Our membership base has doubled giving us more contact with with the greater community.

As a result of these efforts- we are making leaps and bounds toward meeting the waterfront needs of our community and fostering a healthy maritime culture. We can’t wait to do it all again next year!

So, what can you expect to see from us in the near future?

  • We will continue work to double our current program offerings

  • We will expand waterfront offerings with new public boating programs

  • We will continue to expand waterfront development and access for small boaters.

We could not have reached these goals without your partnership and support. Thank you! Please remember to renew your membership for 2019 and invite those in your community to join our cause. Future success depends on members like you!

Click the button below to renew your membership now and don’t forget to drop a note if you are interested in volunteering, we have many positions available!

Wishing you the warmest of holiday cheer.

Kevin Pratt - Your Community Boating Director

2018 photos for your enjoyment

Kevin Pratt
A Season In Review

Each year as August comes to a close I begin to notice the signs: the bedroom window begins to close at night, my trusted fleece jacket makes common appearances at evening campfires, fewer boats sway in the anchorage with each passing day, and the morning dew lies heavy on my windshield - Fall is upon us. As we put yet another magical Anacortes summer behind us, we take a moment to look back at our accomplishments and begin to gear our efforts toward the next season of growth.

Our season started off with some significant organizational changes. As you may be aware, our organization has undergone a full rebranding. This includes name (Anacortes Waterfront Alliance), web presence, mission statement, comp plan and executive leadership. Our new mission statement is a direct reminder of our three core values: Access, Community and Advocacy and can be found online. The launch of our new website in early May has led to an dramatic increase in web traffic and has been an aid in communicating our objectives to the public. The organizational comp plan is now specifically dedicated to youth and adult boating, waterfront access, and the creation of Anacortes’ first community boating center. As a result of these efforts we have seen a 100% increase in paid membership, and a 100% increase in affordable storage usage for small boats in Fidalgo Bay. This combined with multiple local news features has stirred great optimism toward the organization's future.

After taking direct responsibility for summer learn to sail programs, the AWA has seen incredible growth in just one season of operation. For the summer of 2018 we were able to successfully partner with Anacortes Parks and Recreation to offer six weeks of youth learn to sail program, seven weeks of high school summer sailing practice, and three weeks of adult learn to sail program. These offerings run five days a week and range from beginner to advanced in skill level. This season represents an 80% increase in overall offering compared to recent years and amounts to only half of what we have our eyes set on for future seasons. In addition, we are already engaged in efforts to begin replacing and increasing sailing program assets. This includes a brand new safety RIB (rigid inflatable boat), new youth learn to sail fleets and additional high school racing boats.  

We continue to take steps to advance our relationship with the Port of Anacortes in regard to our boating needs at Seafarers’ Memorial Park. Through petition of the executive director we have been able to reserve the facilities for community boating related events throughout the 2019 and 2020 seasons. As a result of this effort we will have a guaranteed home for all summer programs, high school sailing practices and regattas, and meeting spaces for boating related organizations. This is a strong step toward our end goal of housing the waterfront program at Seafarers’ Park through a symbiotic relationship with the Port. Discussions and planning will continue into the fall as to what next steps might look like toward this end.    

As is often true in life, one brave action makes way for a slew of great accomplishments. When the board of the Anacortes Small Boat Center (AWA) made the decision to hire the first director in April of this year, they effectively flicked over the first domino in the chain. We are honored to have you with us as we continue to watch them fall. Please know that your membership with the AWA is integral to our efforts and we are deeply appreciative. Past and future accomplishments do come with some cost, therefore our fundraising efforts will continue and ramp up into the fall as we seek the finances necessary to enhance the journey. We will commit to keeping you updated with future goals, and opportunities to get involved.

All the best

AWA Director

-Kevin Pratt





Kevin Pratt
"I'm not a boater" Impressions of waterfront living and messing about

Photos from the 2018 Pull and be Damned Small Boat Messabout 

I am not a boater.

Yet, I live on an island surrounded by boats and in a community whose history and present are immersed in maritime traditions and industries.

I work for the Waggoner Cruising Guide, the Bible for Northwest Boaters. I manage the online presence of the Anacortes Marine Trades Association, and I am the treasurer for the Anacortes Waterfront Alliance.

But, I am not a boater.

Unlike most of the locals in Anacortes who hike the trails on Fidalgo Island or complete the LOOP at Washington Park, I like to walk the docks at Cap Sante Marina.

Spending a day on the water whale watching with Island Adventures is a favorite excursion.

As a photographer, my favorite subject is boats, especially the large ships being built at Dakota Creek Industry, Crowley Tugs, and Washington State Ferries.

A bucket list dream for me was to tour a Washington State Ferry. That dream came true when I won a Washington State Ferry photo contest and the prize was a behind-the-scenes tour of a ferry route of my choice.

Wooden boats fascinate me.

It was a chilly November day and the crowd buzzed with anticipation for the launching of Polaris, a traditional Viking ship. I was in awe of the craftsmanship and the beauty of this amazing work of art. Later, the builder, Jay Smith, did a talk on Norwegian Boat Building. Most of what he said I did not understand, yet, I was drawn in and wanted to know more.

Each year, the Anacortes Waterfront Alliance (a.k.a. Anacortes Small Boat Center) celebrates getting out on the water with the Pull and Be Damned Messabout. They invite the public to take a ride out on small boats provided by local organizations. I watched in fascination as each boat rowed out into the bay.

I may not be a boater but with events like the Messabout, working for a company that dedicates itself to boating, and being exposed to boats on a daily basis, I certainly feel compelled to join the family. 

-Karla Locke