SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Sailing race on a soggy day

Thanks to everyone who’s sent photos of the sailboats off West Seattle this afternoon! Above, Chris Frankovich‘s view from Seola; below, Brooke Gozstola‘s view from further north:

And from Mike Fischer, who notes that this is the Three Tree Point Yacht Club‘s Duwamish Head Race.

According to the TTPYC website, more than 50 yachts were registered for the race. The race course – starting and finishing in Des Moines – is outlined here.

4 Replies to "SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Sailing race on a soggy day"

  • Tina January 8, 2023 (7:36 am)

    Does anyone know why so many boats had black and/or gray sails?

    • Travis January 8, 2023 (10:24 am)

      Carbon is a very common material on modern sail designs. It helps reduce weight of the sail and increase rigidity (which helps with shape). The natural color of the fibers is black and is very difficult/expensive to alter, so the sails appear varying shades of gray when viewed from a distance.

  • Becky January 8, 2023 (10:22 am)

    They are carbon fiber racing sails, which are a stronger material than regular sails.

  • WS January 8, 2023 (6:45 pm)

    Hey!  Anyone interested in racing sailboats? Reach out to, and we’ll connect you with the right people.  It’s serious fun, and the community is very welcoming to new sailors! 

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