Classic Boat Festival:


2020 Judges content coming soon!


The Maritime Museum of BC is proud to welcome volunteer judges, each experts in their respective marine-related fields.



David Huchthausen is a Fulbright Scholar, former University Professor and internationally recognized artist. His sculpture is included in the permanent collections of 80 major museums worldwide. David is Past Commodore of the Pacific Northwest Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association as well as the Fleet Historian. He has owned and restored classic power boats for more than 25 years. He is an avid historian and maintains the largest collection of motor boating 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.


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 led him to form a part­nership with Jean Gaudin. Their company, Abernethy & Gaudin Boatbuilders Ltd., has been building and restoring classic boats since 1999.



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 signed on with the Swiss Merchant Marine as deckhand and Ordinary Seaman, before becoming 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. 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 that the economy had declined, he cast off from Lake Ontario with Margot Page 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.


Chris started out as a young boy watching Maurice Gronlund (and at times getting in the way), building and repairing wooden boats on the Fraser River. He joined the yard in 1977 and fished commercially on his own boat during the summer. 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.


After completing a four-year boatbuilding apprenticeship tat 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.


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-known for her sail making and sail training teaching, she holds a USCG 110-ton near coastal license and is and ISPA instructor.


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 Guana 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.


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 West Coast craft including both work and pleasure boats. He is particularly well regarded for his intimate knowledge and understanding of hydrolysis and corrosion in the marine environment.


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.


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-foot 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.


Tad grew up in the BC coastal town of Pender Harbour, British Columbia, a logging and fishing hub, and always a haven for coastal characters. He studied at the Maine Maritime Academy (Yacht Design Institute) and then joined the Bruce King Design office in 1987 and spent 14 years there becoming principal design­er, working on a diverse range of projects. In 2001, he returned to the West Coast, this time settling and opening an office in Silva Bay on Gabriola Island. He has continued to design and consult in both power and sail. Tad is instrumental in helping keep the working legacy of our coastal boat culture alive. His community activity on Gabriola Island include organizing the successful shipyard raid, which importantly helps engage youth in boats. He is presently working on a new project, Documenting Historic BC Boats, which includes a book and a web site, to help preserve our BC maritime heritage.


30 Years of experience building, repairing and testing all types of vessels, yachts, ships and Hovercraft. Tony is an experienced seaman having worked on fishing vessels, large commercial schooners, tugboats and passenger vessels. He has been responsible for many successful yacht deliveries on the west coast of North America; he is a Canadian Navy and Coast Guard trained diver; an experienced Marine Surveyor and Marine Claims Adjuster; and very familiar with all wood, fiberglass, steel, aluminum and ferro cement vessels both pleasure and commercial.



Classic Schooner Trophy

 The first perpetual award presented by the festival, this award was designed and built by Alan Lester, F.R.I.C., President of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in 1979. This trophy is awarded within the schooner fleet.

Ned Ashe Memorial Award

 Named after Ned Ashe, past Commodore of the festival. Ned sailed in the first Swiftsure race and every subsequent one until 1975

Peter London Memorial Award

 Named after the late master shipwright and long time judge, Peter London, this award is given to the best work boat. The trophy incorporates Peter’s caulking mallet, a tool which has seen much use on many working vessels on this coast. First awarded in 1995.

  • 2019 Winner – Duen
Irv Cormack Memorial Award

 One of the early supporters and committee members of the Festival, Irv lived aboard his beloved Huliki from the early 1970s until his death in 1998. The award is given to the best live aboard and utilizes the microphone from Irv’s VHF radio which he spent a great deal of time on, talking to his many friends.

  • 2019 Winner – Bella
First Place Classic Open Boat

 Presented by the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Foundation. This award symbolizes the strong historical connections between Victoria and Port Townsend. We are appreciative of the support that Port Townsend gave this festival in the early years, and continues to do to this day.

Master of Disaster Award

 Built from the worm shield of the Faranda which hit Fiddle Reef on her way to the Festival in 1993, this award celebrates the most embarrassing event of the year within the Classic Boat fleet.

  • 2019 Winner – Saravan
Blayney Scott Memorial Award

For best restored power, Blayney and Almeda Scott, aboard their beloeved Messenger III, were fixtures at the Boat Show since its inclusion of power vessels in 1978. Blayney was a judge, committee member, Honourary Commodore, and tireless champion of wooden boats and the Maritime Museum of BC.

  • 2019 Winner – B.O.B.
John West Memorial Honourary Commodore Award


Introduced in 2017, this award is named for John West, who was a driving force behind the festival. This trophy celebrates each Honourary Commodore to preside over the Classic Boat Festival.

  • 2019 Recipient – Howard White


Hospitality Award

  • 2019 Winner – Gyrfalcon

Best Tug Boat

  • 2019 Winner – n/a

Farthest Away

  • 2019 Winner – n/a

Oldest Power

  • 2019 Winner – Atlas (1909)

Oldest Sail

  • 2019 Winner – Martha (1907)

Best Tender

  • 2019 Winner – Sir Isaac

Best Sail Training Vessel

  • 2019 Winner – Pacific Grace

Best Motor Sailor

  • 2019 Winner – SV Lady Hawk

Irv Cormack Best Liveaboard

  • 2019 Winner – Bella

Best Modern Classic

  • 2019 Winner – n/a

Best Conversion

  • 2019 Winner – Paspatoo

Peter London Best Work Boat

  • 2019 Winner – Duen

Best Pocket Cruiser

  • 2019 Winner – n/a

Best Tabloid Cruiser

  • 2019 Winner – n/a

Best Engine Room

  • 2019 Winner – Cape Ross

Best Runabout

  • 2019 Winner – n/a

Best Overall Powerboat

  • 2019 Winner – Sea Era I

Best Restored Powerboat

  • 2019 Winner – B.O.B.

Best Restored Sailboat

  • 2019 Winner – Tioga

Best Overall Sailboat

  • 2019 Winner – Teak Bird

Best Costume

  • 2019 Winner – Tioga

People’s Choice

  • 2019 Winner – Suellen

Best Rowing Shell

  • 2019 Winner – n/a

Young Person – Old Boat

  • 2019 Winner – HEATHER

Best Riveted Steel Vessel

  • 2019 Winner – n/a

Best Laminate Construction

  • 2019 Winner – Orenda

Best Replica

  • 2019 Winner – n/a

Best Pulling Boat

  • 2019 Winner – Glenniffer

Best Open Power Boat

  • 2019 Winner – Glencannon

Best Open Sail Boat

  • 2019 Winner – n/a

Best Overall Steamboat

  • 2019 Winner – n/a

Most Improved Sail

  • 2019 Winner – Passat V

Most Improved

  • 2019 Winner – Compadre

Maritime Museum Recognition Award

  • 2019 Winner – Midnight Sun


Classic Open Sail Race Class I

  • 2019 Winner – n/a

Classic Open Sail

  • 2019 Winner – n/a



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