So, apparently there was a Clipper Fleet in Seattle. How did I not know about this?! I was taking a sailing class in Shilshole Bay Marina this weekend and we stumbled on the 75 foot PSP-Logistics, docked for repair. Turns out there was an entire fleet of them parked downtown.
What are These Ships
When we discovered PSP-Logistics, a classmate clued me in on the fact that there was a whole fleet of these ships docked in Seattle. I had no idea that they were there, what they were (other than large and probably fast) or even why they were there.
I couldn’t wait to hit the internet to find out…
So it turns out that the fleet consists of 12 identical 75 foot open ocean racing yachts.
These things are designed for long distance speed racing and they are competing with each other.
They are equipped with advanced communication equipment, sail in intense weather, operate day and night, and are a part of a race around the world that started last year.
So Why Was There a Clipper Fleet in Seattle?
Seattle is the second to last leg of their around the world voyage. They are racing in the Puget Sound today as a way to prep the new crew. Once that is done, they leave Seattle and begin racing to New York.
Here is the best part… All of the crew are normal people that applied for the race, trained, and were selected to compete:
This is absolutely going into the bucket list! It’s going to take some logistics to figure out how I am going to take the three months off of work to do a leg of this, but that is exactly what big, hairy, audacious goals are about…
Anyhow, here are the photos: