Bell Harbor Beacon, August 2017

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Welcome to the Bell Harbor Marina newsletter, a community resource covering marina news, downtown Seattle trip ideas, as well as Port of Seattle opportunities.

Seattle Boat Show at Bell Harbor Marina in 2018

Boat Show Afloat

The Seattle Boat Show is expanding to Bell Harbor Marina next year! We're excited to work with the Northwest Marine Trade Association to feature gorgeous vessels in front of a gorgeous backdrop! Stay tuned for details.

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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race returns to Bell Harbor Marina in 2018

Clipper in Seattle

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race returns to Bell Harbor Marina in April 2018! We're excited to partner again with Clipper Round the World, Visit Seattle, and the Seattle Sports Commission to bring this race and its associated activities back to the Pacific Northwest and our community of boaters.

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There's always something fun in downtown Seattle

Painting in Westlake Park
Painting in downtown Seattle's Westlake Park

Downtown Seattle has great events and attractions year-round..even during the week! Here are some fun cruising ideas for weekdays to help you avoid the crowds.

View more events and attractions at Visit Seattle

Downtown waterfront updates


The new Elliott Bay seawall is complete and a pedestrian pathway on the west side of Alaskan Way is open, meaning the west side of the waterfront is now totally accessible on foot!

Come September, Pier 62/63 will start to be rebuilt so that it can be used as an event space again. We will look forward to sharing new waterfront events with you soon!

Across Alaskan Way, Pike Place Market's expansion had its grand opening at the end of June.

In a few years, a new public pathway - Overlook Walk - between the improved Pier 62/63, the Pike Place Market expansion, and the Seattle Aquarium expansion will be built improving the connection between the waterfront and downtown's retail core.

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Recreational boating events & promotions

Port 2 Port boater gift set
  • Seattle's Best Marinas Photo Contest through September 4 - Have a great photo of Bell Harbor Marina, Harbor Island Marina, and/or Shilshole Bay Marina? Enter the photo contest to get your photo published in the 2018 Seattle's Best Marinas calendar! Have your credited work seen by over 600 boaters!
  • Port 2 Port through December 31 - Stay at both Bell Harbor Marina and Shilshole Bay Marina in 2017 and receive a five-piece boater gift set and your choice of baseball hat or burgee! Groups and clubs welcome.
  • Movies at the Marina on August 11 -  Free, family-friendly, dog-friendly, outdoor movies at dusk. Sneak at peek at The Secret Life of Pets (PG) on August 11! Visit adoptable pets with Seattle Humane's MaxMobile and nosh on Coney Island Avenue Woodfired Pizza while you wait - fun for everyone!

Seasonal dry moorage will return to Shilshole Bay Marina for 2017-18


Seasonal dry moorage will be available at Shilshole Bay Marina for trailered boats up to 33 feet again for the 2017-18 off-peak months. The seasonal dry moorage area is fully fenced and 24/7 security/staff is onsite at the marina. We will send out more details in the coming weeks.

News from around the Port: Ballard Locks need repairs to operate another 100 years


$1.2 billion in annual economic impact at stake says study by industry and local government and leaders

The Ballard Locks provide $1.2 billion a year in economic impact to our region according to a recent study by the McDowell Group, funded by maritime and industrial businesses, Port of Seattle, City of Seattle, and King County. The report describes the benefits of reliable operation of the Locks, the potential losses in the event of a failure, and steps needed to repair the 100-year-old facility.

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