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August 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Geeks on a Ferry grounded by boat glitch

Tourists and commuters aren’t the only ones messed up by a snafu that has knocked a key Bremerton ferry out of service today.

Today was also the Geeks on a Ferry event that was a highlight of the Evergreen Apps Challenge, a government program encouraging software developers to build apps using public data sets.

About 40 people had registered for the ferry event, which involved riding the 3 p.m. sailing from Seattle to Bremerton. The geeks were going to get free WiFi and then hang out at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton until 10 p.m.

But the ferry gods didn’t cooperate. The Kaleetan was taken out of service for a repair problem this morning, cutting service by half. Among the runs canceled is the 3 p.m. sailing to Bremerton.

So the Geeks on a Ferry event is canceled. It may be rescheduled but that’s up in the air right now.

Meanwhile organizers have been trying to reach attendees via email.

“What a bummer. And what a beautiful day for it, too,” said organizer Sabra Schneider at the city of Seattle.

No doubt that’s how hundreds of other people affected by the ferry outage feel today.

As a consolation, Schneider announced that there’s a no-host mixer/networking event going on at the Polar Bar at 700 3rd Ave. in Seattle, from 3-6 p.m.

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