HOWB 039 – Howard Rice, Cape Horn Canoer, wooden boat builder, small craft guru – interview

by admin on June 14, 2012



This week’s show is an interview I did  with Howard Rice while at the 1st Annual Port Townsend Pocket Yacht Palooza in May.  I was delighted to meet Howard for the first time and have the extraordinary opportunity to sit down with him one to one and ask any question my probing mind could devise!

During the questioning Howard described how he has been one with the water since birth, and how his desire for adventure runs thick in his veins!  Case in point: in the 5th grade, Howard’s elementary school teacher had each student write down 100 things they wanted to do in their lifetime – Howard wrote the list (which he still has) that day, and has accomplished about 1/3 of the challenges he wrote at that curious age of 12.  One of the items on the list was to sail around Cape Horn – check….

In late 1989 and early 1990, Howard became the first person to double Cape Horn in a 15′ sailing canoe.  You can read all the gory details in this Sports Illustrated article.  WOW!

Howard also talks about his current passion for the SCAMP boat (he personally tested the boat and has chosen it to make a major northern latitude crossing in 2013), his Small Craft Skills Academy Classes which just started up, and other fun stuff  – like sailing, camping, and making coffee on his current 15′ sailing canoe.

Howard also discusses the upcoming August 6-17 class in Port Townsend where the Boat School and the NW Maritime Center along with himself, John Welsford, Scott Jones, Josh Colvin and others will oversee a group of students build their own gorgeous microcruiser – SCAMP.  As of this writing space is available in the class.  Email Pete at if interested.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the interview.

Here’s some pics to enjoy (click to enlarge):

Howard shown geared up 2 days before Doubling Cape Horn in Klepper Sailing Canoe. This is a serious adventure by a highly intelligent and trained small craft mariner. Photo courtesy of Howard Rice.


Howard's current sailing canoe - Sylph. This is his "do it all" boat! Photo courtesy of Howard Rice.


Sylph with camping tent up. Photo courtesy of Howard Rice.


SCAMP - this is one cool boat! Build one for yourself this August in Port Townsend, WA! Contact NW School of Wooden Boat Building for more info.


Thanks Howard for taking time for the interview.  It was a pleasure meeting you and I look forward to seeing you in August at the SCAMP class.  If you would like to contact Howard, email him at

UPCOMING FUN EVENTS (tell ’em Wooden Boat Dan sent you!)

May 12 – Seattle Maritime Festival – Seattle, WA

May 12-13 – 33rd Annual Olympia Wooden Boat Fair – Olympia, WA

May 19th – Port Townsend Pocket Yacht 1st Annual Palooza – Port Townsend, WA

June 29 to July 1st – 22nd Annual Wooden Boat Show – Mystic Seaport, CT

June 30 to July 4th – 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival – Seattle, WA

July 8 – 2nd Annual Wooden Boat Festival at the Willamette Sailing Club – Portland, OR

July 13-15 – 5th Annual Maritime Heritage Festival – St. Helens, OR

August 6-17 – Build Your Own SCAMP microcruiser (360 385-4948) – Port Townsend, WA

August 11 – La Conner Classic Boat and Car Show – La Conner, WA

August 25-26 – 20th Annual Tacoma Maritime Fest – Tacoma, WA

Aug 31 – Sept 2 – 39th Annual Harbor Days – Olympia, WA

September 1-4 – Small Craft Skills Academy – Port Townsend, WA (see website for other locations)

September 2-4 – 34th Annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival – Victoria, BC, Canada

September 3-5 – 11th Annual Wooden Boat Rendezvous – Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA

September 7-9  – 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival – Port Townsend, WA

Note:  If you have events you would like added to the calendar, please email me at


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

June 16, 2012

Great podcast and set of interviews. Thanks Dan



June 17, 2012

Thanks for listening Simeon and glad you enjoyed the interview. Hope to see you in PT this summer and maybe get out on the SCAMP. Best, Dan


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