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CANCELED – Port of Toledo announces Teak Lady Sail has been canceled due to inclement weather. Will be scheduled for later this summer.

Volunteers and friends of the Port of Toledo will sail the Port’s fleet of Teak Ladies from the Port of Newport to the Port of Toledo Sunday, June 13.

The three sister vessels will motor down the Yaquina River on June 11. Each of the 17-foot sail boats have been donated to the Port by their previous owners for use in the Toledo Community Boathouse program. Any boats are welcome to join the procession.

The Teak Ladies will arrive at Port of Newport’s Commercial Dock 3 late in the afternoon on Friday, June 11, and will be on display until their departure at 12 p.m. Sunday, June 13.  The boats will sail upriver to their home dock at the Port of Toledo’s marina, providing many opportunities to view the boats from the Bay Road.

Port of Toledo

The Teak Ladies are maintained and sailed by volunteers of the Port of Toledo’s Community Boathouse.  David West, Captain of the Teak Lady Society along with local boatwright Rick Johnson oversee the boats along with members of the Old Retired Guys Sailing Club.

Teak Sloop

The Teak Lady sloop was designed by Fenton Kelkenny of San Francisco and modeled after larger yachts.  The A. King Slipway in Hong Kong was commissioned to build the boats between the years of 1939 and 1958.  They were built of hand sawn teak and feature custom carved tillers, carved name plates, and hand crafted brass ventilators.  In the 1940’s the Teak Ladies had their own sailing class in San Francisco Bay.

These three boats have been donated to the Port of Toledo for use by the Toledo Community Boathouse. In 2009, Jim and Carolyn Hitchman of Waldport, Oregon donated Ma Zu to the Port. Ma Zu was built in 1958 and is also known as Teak Lady #21.  In 2011, Robert and Claire McDonald of Spokane, WA donated Che Hon, built in 1939, also known as Teak Lady 11. The most recent addition to the fleet is donated by David West, and is the prototype Teak Lady, named Yuan Mun built in 1937. West found Yuan Mun in San Francisco when researching the history of the Teak Ladies.

For more information about the Teak Lady Society visit:  https://www.teakladysociety.org/ or contact the Port’s office at 541-336-5207 or email info@portoftoledo.org

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