Get to Know the Anacortes Waterfront Alliance

The Anacortes Waterfront Alliance (AWA) is a non-profit organization that is committed to serving the waterfront needs of the Anacortes Public. We maintain past accomplishments and affect positive future development through our three core values: Access (Waterfront engagement and storage solutions), Community (Creating inclusive waterfront programs), and Advocacy (A unified voice for the small boating community. 

The AWA is passionate about being the “conduit” between our diverse community and the incredible waterfront resources and experiences that our miraculous geography offers. In a timeless sentiment from The Wind in the Willows, Author Kenneth Grahame suggests that “there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”. For the individuals behind the AWA, our own experiences have led us to the same profound realization and we have made it our personal duty to ensure that these opportunities are available to anybody who might desire them.

Some of the programs we offer are:

  • Open Sail – Open Sail offers access to sailboat rentals for summer Learn to Sail program graduates and experienced sailors who can pass a checkout test. We own, store, and maintain fleets so that you can just sail!
  • Stand Up Paddle – Get your feet wet in beautiful Fidalgo Bay. SUP is a great way to exercise, unwind after a long day of work, or cool off in the summer sun.
  • Lido 14 Racing Fleet – Anacortes is home to Lido Fleet 78-a fund and friendly one-design racing fleet. Community members can get involved with their own boat, crew with other racers, and even charter a limited number of program Lidos.

Are you looking for a new way to impact your community through your generosity? The Anacortes Waterfront Alliance will work tirelessly to stretch your dollar as far as we can, every day. We guarantee a return on your investment via the enrichment of the community, the healthy development of youth, and the furthering of public waterfront interaction.

There is so much to enjoy out on the water. Contact us today to see how you can be involved, become a member, or make a donation. Learn more at or call 208-661-0916.

Are You Ready To Experience Anacortes?

Want to learn more about things to do in Anacortes, Washington? Our website has lots of information on Anacortes restaurants, activities, and special events to help guide your plans for an island getaway. You can also find our Experience Anacortes app in the Apple Store and on Google Play.

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