Laingdon Schmitt in Sparrow

Laingdon Schmitt sails Sparrow at Fort Worden, October 2009.

Puget Sound


Last updated:
Dec 10, 2009

The Puget Sound Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association was formed on July 26, 1997 in Bellingham, WA. Our 90+ active members currently range from Victoria, BC, to Lake Oswego, OR; and from the Olympic Peninsula to the San Juan Islands and the foothills of the Cascades. We have corresponding members from North Carolina and northern California, and a few somewhere out at sea. They represent aficionados of rowing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and boat building & restoration.

Our intent is to bring together all interested people in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia to join in area boating events and chapter-sponsored messabouts. We have no dues, but encourage our chapter members to spend a paltry $20 annually to join the national TSCA.

We are dedicated to

  • rowing, sailing, paddling,
  • building, restoring, fixing,
  • learning, teaching, sharing,
  • watching, viewing, showing,
  • discussing, commiserating, critiquing,
  • and just, plain, simply,


          Bowman Bay Messabout, March 1998
Is wherry vs Nutshell a fair race? Does anyone care?!?

 `Is it so nice as all that?' asked the Mole shyly, though he was quite prepared to believe it as he leant back in his seat and surveyed the cushions, the oars, the rowlocks, and all the fascinating fittings, and felt the boat sway lightly under him.

   `Nice? It's the only thing,' said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. `Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,' he went on dreamily: `messing -- about -- in -- boats; messing -- -- '

  -- The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
original © 1908 by Charles Scribner's Sons,
now in the public domain

Chapter Officers

President: Gary Powell     |     Secretary: John Weiss     |     Treasurer: Al Gunther

Bylaws (last updated 11/22/03)

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Sponsor membership info


T-shirts and hats are available from Nors Sport or from Cricket Evans in California.
Burgees are available locally from Gary Powell. Prices are:

Hats: Cotton ball cap style with adjustable band

T-Shirts: Grey cotton with small TSCA logo on breast
and large logo on back

Burgees: 18 x 12" triangular pennants to fly on your flag staff or hoist.
                    Limited quantity at this price!

Shipping (from Nors; call for larger orders).
      Contact Cricket for for orders from her.  


Med, Large, XL -- $16.00
XXL -- $19.00

Special Price! $20.00
Shipping included!

1 item --  $4.75
2 items --  $5.75

Comments and Suggestions -- Please send e-mail to John Weiss.