The 2015 Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show Poster is an illustration of youth sailing on Depot Slough in the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club’s fleet of El Toros. Long-time Toledo resident, and friend of the Port, Photographer Scott Blackman, took the photo and created the brightly colored image which was incorporated into the final poster design by Jarod Corcoran Design, jaredcorcoran.com.
Many generations of sailors have learned to sail in El Toro sailboats. The Yaquina Bay Yacht Club, founded in 1949, hosted a fleet of El Toros through the 1970s. The current fleet of El Toros at the Toledo Boat Show are owned by Joe Novello and maintained by the Old Guys Sailing Club at the Oregon Boating Foundation’s Floathouse in Newport. The Oregon Boating Foundation hosts several five day youth sailing camps during the summer using these fun to sail El Toros. In addition, youngsters and their parents sail the boats on Tuesday afternoons at “Kids Day” which is held at the Floathouse on Port Dock 7 in Newport and the Community Boathouse in Toledo.
The El Toro sailboat was designed by a group of sailors at the Richmond (California) Yacht Club in 1936 as a small inexpensive sailboat which could serve as a yacht tender and training craft and closely replicate what junior sailors would experience on larger boats. Since 1936 over 11,000 El Toros have been built. Originally, the boats were constructed of plywood by home and commercial builders. As technology developed, the design migrated from plywood to fiberglass – then to carbon fiber. To this day El Toros are constructed from traditional plywood over jig, fiberglass plug molds and stitch and tape. Even though the materials and building techniques are quite diverse, each boat is measured and certified to be within tolerances specified in the class rules.
This poster continues the Port of Toledo’s Wooden Boat Show’s tradition of creating unique posters that are a favorite of collectors. The image of youth sailing in Depot Slough represents this year’s theme “Sailing into the Future”. And the Port of Toledo has a fabulous future made possible by the arrival of its new 600 ton boat lift due to arrive later this year – which will make Toledo’s boatyard capable of servicing nearly all fishing vessels plying the waters of the West Coast and Alaska.
The Port would like to thank the major sponsors of the Wooden Boat Show: Oregon Coast Bank, Federal Relations, Toledo Ace Hardware, Dahl Disposal Service, Englund Marine, Georgia Pacific, Fishpeople Seafood, Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center and Bigfoot Beverage Distributors.
Wooden Boat Show posters will be available for purchase at the Wooden Boat Show. Posters can also be purchased at the Port Office, 496 Hwy 20 NE, Unit 1, Toledo, (the old fire hall atop the hill).
The Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show is a free, fun, family event with something for everyone: kids’ activities, live music, food, boat rides, and lots more. We’ll see you down there!