The waterfront is the place to be during summer in Seattle, and this weekend provides a great kick-off to summer events. Starting this Friday, the Classic Yacht Association celebrates the arrival of the season with Classic Weekend 2011 at Bell Street Pier, Pier 66. Join the crowds of people for this great event and help the Port of Seattle celebrate its Centennial. Events will happen all weekend from Friday on through Sunday.
Presented by the Seattle Waterfront and the Metropolitan Improvement District, this annual event will once again feature the Classic Yacht Parade in Elliott Bay on Friday evening from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Since this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Port of Seattle, the celebration will focus on the LAWANA, “grandmother” of the Classic Yacht Association’s Pacific Northwest fleet. She has seen a lot of local and world history in her time. Docked at Stimson Marina in Ballard, she is widely recognized as the prototype to the Lake Union Dreamboats at 40′ long, 11’8″ beam, and drawing 3’6″. To respect her age, a 46 star U.S. ensign is flown on her representing the number of states when she was built.
Aside from the Parade, the weekend will showcase 60 other classic yachts, many built prior to 1942. Most will be available for boarding Saturday and Sunday, if you wear soft-soled shoes. You can also find classic cars, unlimited light hydroplanes (maybe even open to sit in the driver’s seat!), classic tunes, special waterfront offers, and plenty family fun—perfect for a Father’s Day outing.
For additional Information visit, the Classic Weekend website.