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Thursday, September 8 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Lifetime Achievement Awards - Ted Pike

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The Wooden Boat Foundation Lifetime Achievement in Wooden Boat Community Spirit & Culture

TED PIKE
Ted Pike was an integral part of the Wooden Boat Foundation and Festival for all of the 26 years that he was part of the Port Townsend boating community.  Becoming a sailor at age 14 was a life-altering experience for Ted.  He realized then that it could become an abiding passion and one that could (and did) change the direction of his life.  Traveling the world as a young man, visiting many spots in the US, Europe, Eastern Asia, he settled for many years in Australia where he sailed continually and learned the art of crafting wooden boats and wooden surfboards.  Returning to the US with many wonderful stories, he continued honing those skills in Avila Beach, Ventura, San Diego and, finally, Jefferson County.  With the first boat he built, Cuca, an Edson Schock design, he introduced his future wife and children to the wonders of sailing.  The second boat, Brisa, provided them with some extensive cruising off the California Coast and into Mexico.  Bringing Brisa to Port Townsend introduced them to the joys of sailing in the Northwest.  The purchase of Annie Too begat Brisa Charters and Ted's beginning as a U.S. Coast Guard 500-ton licensed Captain.  Annie Too sailed for nearly 20 years from Orcas Island and from Port Townsend.

For 20 years Ted was a vibrant, enthusiastic employee of Edensaw Woods and traveled the country and Canada spreading information, cheer and love, returning with many, many uplifting stories.  Wherever he went he made many friends, treating them with great respect, encouragement and caring and giving his famous, huge "Ted Pike" hugs.  For several of his last years he also worked for WoodenBoat Magazine, continuing his encouragement, success and hugs.

He was actively involved with the Wooden Boat Foundation and Festival, the Port Townsend Sailing Association, Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend Marine Trades, Jefferson County 4-H, Orcas Island Sailing Association, Jefferson Teen Center, Centrum Foundation and WoodenBoat Magazine.  His advocacy for the youth in his community was admirable.  His participation with wooden boats, boat owners, marine trades, fundraising, regattas, and speaking engagements in Port Townsend and other communities has been deeply appreciated. 

As most know, Ted went on to other seas in August 2015.  While he is greatly missed by his family, his friends, and his community, all are grateful to have known the gifts he gave us during his lifetime. 

Ted was an integral part of the Lifetime Achievement Awards for the past many years. He helped in the selection of the recipients, assisted in putting the program together each year, and often spoke at the event, managing to be both heartfelt and humorous. We tried for many years to honor him with the Community Spirit & Culture award, which he always refused. We are sorry he will not be with us to receive this award; few more profoundly embodied Wooden Boat Community Spirit & Culture than Ted.



Thursday September 8, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cascade & Olympic Rooms

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