At nearly 100-years-old, the schooner Red Jacket still sails on
On a beautiful fall day in the Pacific Northwest, Swiftsure Yachts was invited aboard the Ted Geary-designed schooner Red Jacket for a sail on Commencement Bay near Tacoma, Washington. With iconic Mt. Rainier looming large in the background, we not only had a great time, but were also able to get some stunning images of this beautiful yacht.
Formerly known as Katedna, the 62-foot schooner was the first yacht to be built by the well-regarded N.J. Blanchard Boat Company on Seattle’s Lake Union. Designed by Pacific Northwest yachting legend, Ted Geary, Red Jacket has been a fixture on Puget Sound waters the majority of her nearly 100 years of sailing.
Her traditional hull shape provides a sea-kindly motion and her schooner rig is easily managed with the combination of an electric halyard winch, furling headsails and low friction sailtracks. It was a true pleasure to be aboard for an evening on the water. Here are some photos from our sail. Full specs are here.