Fjordin Crossin & Paddle the Canal Race

The Annual Fjordin Crossin celebrates one of the traditions of Aquavit, which is an old world Scandinavian spirit. In 1805 a special brand of Aquavit, Linie Aquavit, crossed the Equator from Norway bound for the East Indies to be sold, but returned to Norway in 1807, unsold. It turned out that the sea voyage had a positive effect on the taste of the Aquavit. The old sailing ships have vanished, but Linie Aquavit still crosses the Equator on the deck of a ship and returns via Australia. It has become a celebrated Aquavit tradition.

Each June the Hardware Distillery will launch a barrel of aged Dill Aquavit on Lee Geist’s boat, the Twanoh. It will cross the Hood Canal from the Port of Hoodsport to Tahuya and back. 

To celebrate the launch, Paddle the Canal will follow the Twanoh in canoes, kayaks, SUPs and small sailboats. There will be prizes and competitions. Registration is open to all ages and skill levels. Go to to register in early spring. 

Lady Alderbrook will join the race (as a spectator) – you are welcome to join the cruise for just $35 ( two hour cruise).    Book here

Lady Alderbrook will join the race (as a spectator) – you are welcome to join the cruise for just $35 ( two hour cruise). Book here

If a cruise to view the launch of the Twanoh and the Paddle is preferred, the stately Lady Alderbrook departs the Alderbrook Resort, and sail to the Port of Hoodsport. She has Hardware Distillery Dill Aquavit to toast and cheer the launch. The Schooner, Pleiades also joins the annual tregatta, departing from Union to view the race, call (360) 701-3512 for reservations.

At the Port of Hoodsport, the local Kiwanis group hosts an over-21 Aquavit Garden offering cocktails made of Aquavit. 

When the boat returns, the celebration continues with food, activities for children and the Paddle the Canal award ceremony. 

Just as the constant gentle rolling of the barrels and the sea air enhance the flavor of Linie Aquavit, each mouthful of the aged Hardware Distillery’s Dill Aquavit will contain memories of its Fjord voyage. 

The event opens with Paddle registration n the morning. Food and drink will be available on shore at the Hoodsport Marina. For details and to register for the race, visit

Enjoy Hood Canal farm to table delicacies prepared by local restaurants and businesses – including Hama Hama Oyster Co.The Union County StoreHoodsport Coffee, and Union City Market; take time to enjoy a beverage in the waterfront Aquavit & Beer Garden (supporting Harmony Hill Retreat)  all during the excitement of the annual aquavit crossing and Canal Race!

Annual Paddle the Canal Race
Non-motorized watercraft are invited to follow the Crossin and join the race.  Hosted by Hood Canal Events,  the race departs from the beach at the Hoodsport Dock,  the 3-mile course across Hood Canal includes prizes and safety boats! Register at

The Hardware Distillery is open from 10 AM to 6 PM, and will serve samples of their aquavit all day. The Hardware Distillery is a very short walk from the Dock.

Cruise to the Crossin from Alderbrook Resort | call for rates
If you would prefer to enjoy the race from the comfort of a 53′ double deck motor vessel, consider this 2 hour cruise option. The Lady Alderbrook will depart Union and sailing toward the Hoodsport Dock to view the event. 

2018 event details here.