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Big Boats in Seattle

The J/145 Jedi raced on the North Course in the PSSC Big Boats Regatta.

© Jan Anderson

The Puget Sound Sailing Championship for Small Boats was followed up, of course, by the PSSC Big Boats, held on Seattle’s Shilshole Bay. Photographer Jan Anderson describes the regatta: "No rain, an occasional shot of sun, all in all terrific weather for a regatta — oh, yeah, if only there was a bit more breeze! Current played a big role, as did patience, luck, good looks and an enduring smile-and-wave attitude."

The TP52 Smoke and Jedi bound off the start line.

© Jan Anderson

The event, for 56 entries on two courses, was hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle on October 14-15. The bigger Big Boats raced on the North Course, while the smaller Big Boats sailed on the South Course.

This Thunderbird, Kwadwo Copeland’s Selchie, raced on the South Course. Thunderbirds are plywood boats designed by Ben Seaborn in 1958 and first built in Gig Harbor, WA. They had a heyday as one-design racers and still have an active class association. See

© Jan Anderson

See results from the regatta here, and see more of Jan’s excellent photos here.

Another start for Jedi and Smoke. Absolutely, the Farr 39 ML on the right, is up next.

© Jan Anderson

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