Pirate Goes Under Sail
Next weekend, everybody’s favorite Pirate will be visiting the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. In preparation for this adventure, she left our docks this week and went for a cruise in Lake Union!
The R-class racing yacht Pirate is likely the best known and most well-documented boat at CWB. Pirate is significant to northwest maritime history for being the best extant example of the R-class, the adoption of which in this region is a very interesting and complex story. Aside from winning the National Championship in that class in 1929, she’s a direct descendant of the Sir Tom — an earlier R-class yacht designed by Ted Geary, which won the Lipton Cup every year from its inception in 1914 until 1928.
These days she doesn’t get out too much, but she’s still quite popular, winning first runner up for People’s Choice at this year’s Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival. We were excited to see her under sail, and can’t wait to get up to Port Townsend.