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Green, Green Everywhere — Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We’ve been scouring our archives and the internet for some interesting photos and tidbits about St. Patrick’s Day, particularly in relevance to sailing. And guess what? There’s not a stack out there. But, here are few interesting things that we did find.

Have you ever heard of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick? According to Wikipedia, The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, officially called The Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick for the Relief of Emigrants from Ireland, is also now known as The Friendly Sons & Daughters of St. Patrick. It is an American charitable and social organization for Irish-Americans, founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 17, 1771. The organization’s website writes that General George Washington became an “Adopted Member” in 1782. The relevance here is clearly the date of the organization’s founding, and the fact that the Irish immigrants came to America via sailing vessels.

And now, to sailing as we know it today. We did find photos of some green, Bay Area boats to share.

Green hulled sailboat
Jim Quanci’s Green Buffalo.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris
Giuseppe Lavelle’s green Cal 40 Duende.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Is this your green boat?
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
And calling this J/24 green might be a stretch, but it is cute.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

And of course there are green sails and green clothing, particularly in the kiting and foiling scene…

 A green day on the Bay.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

And, if you’ve ever been to Camden, Maine, you may have seen a fleet of three boats, each painted green, and known locally as “the green boats.”

They’re greener than a newbie sailor hanging over the rails on their first time at sea.
© 2023

Are you doing anything green today, for St. Patrick’s Day? If so, take some photos and send them to us at [email protected]. We need more color in our photo archives.


  1. Steve Bondelid 5 days ago

    My jib sheets are green, but they are actually white and black.
    The green is from being exposed to the elements during the Pacific NorthWet winter.

  2. John Arndt 5 days ago

    Chris Boome added an image to our St. Patrick Day green.
    Pubs = Irish Sun Block

  3. Barry spanier 5 days ago

    In New Zealand, I painted SEMINOLE a beautiful green color (was boring white), launched her, left the next day and sank her the next night off a 220 acre island in a harsh gale and rain, at midnight, no moon.
    I often thought if changing her color was something she just didn’t like…
    No offense to green boats. only had one.
    The new boat is red as wine.

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