What: Treat dad, grandpa and the whole family to classic yachts over Father’s Day weekend!
Approximately 50 Classic Yacht Association – Pacific Northwest Fleet vessels, many of them built prior to World War II, will be on display and most will be open to visitors throughout Father’s Day weekend at the Classic Weekend event at Bell Harbor Marina. This event is considered to be the largest gathering of wooden hulled classic power yachts in the world. This year’s “Marque Class” will feature yachts that were built in Tacoma. Admission is complimentary.
The Center for Wooden Boats will return for a second year with complimentary toy boat building on the Pier 66 plaza from 10am to 4pm on June 17 & 18 while supplies last.
Notable boats include:
• April Ann (1953) – This lovely yacht has safely cruised to Alaska and back, but almost sank in the Ballard Locks in 1995 following a 21-boat collision.
• Corsair II (1926) – A narrow and fast yacht that won numerous predicted log races in the thirties and forties, her photo appeared in Standard Oil advertisements of the day.
• Freya (1940) – This 77-year-old boat has only had two owners. She was designed to get to Alaska on one tank of gasoline, because the original owner “never trusted Canadian gas!”
• Gallant Lady (1940) – Originally designed and built for what she still does: small group accommodations for “camping on the water.” She is the oldest charter vessel in continuous service on Northwest waters.
Guests are asked to wear soft-soled shoes. Visitors will be asked to vote for their favorite yacht. The winning boat’s name will be inscribed on a permanent plaque on display at Bell Harbor.
When: Father’s Day Weekend, Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On Friday, June 16th, a number of the classic yachts will participate in a “Sail-In” parade along the waterfront (weather permitting). An excellent view of the yacht parade will be available from Myrtle Edwards Park or from any of the downtown piers between 2 and 4 p.m.
Where: Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina
2203 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121