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3805 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

(253) 857-9344

Working to Preserve Gig Harbors Historic Working Waterfront this non-profit boatyard located in historic Gig Harbor, Washington is the birthplace of the Thunderbird sailboat.

Breakfast on the Veteran

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Breakfast on the Veteran

get a front-and-center view of the 50th annual Gig harbor yacht club le mans sailboat race while you enjoy breakfast aboard the veteran

About the excursion: In 1967 at Eddon Boatyard, Ed Hoppen and Dick Carlson dreamed up an adventurous sailboat race based on the Le Mans endurance car race. The Le Mans sailboat race, in which boats start at anchor with sails down and crew below decks, has been held in Gig Harbor ever since.

This year, a special Founders Class will be reintroduced to the race to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Ed and Dick's original concept, inspired by the Le Mans Car Race of Monaco where drivers start with a footrace to their race cars, hop in, start their engines and screech off to the course. Here's how it translates to Gig Harbor's Le Mans sailboat race: picture a dozen skiffs tied to the Veteran with skippers at their oars, the start gun goes off, a mad row ensues to each skiff's anchored sailboat, skippers clamber aboard, pull their anchors while raising sails and they're off to the races! Gig Harbor Yacht Club organizes the annual race. Click here for more information.

Cheer the start of this special event from the deck of the Veteran. Enjoy a homemade breakfast on board as boats race out of the mouth of the Harbor. Learn more about the race's history from your skipper. You'll have a unique vantage point and great views of the race, all while enjoying the warm (heated!) galley and unique ambiance of the historic purse seiner Veteran.

About the Veteran: The Skansie purse seiner Veteran, launched in 1926, is a beautifully restored sample of one of the most recognized and significant vessel designs to have originated from Gig Harbor. One of over 100 purse seiners constructed during the 1920s and 1930s at the Skansie Ship Building Company, Veteran and her sister ships were widely recognized as the state-of-the-art purse seiners of their day. Veteran and sister ship Avalon were retained and operated by the Skansie family which, like many Gig Harbor pioneer families, commercially fished for salmon and bottom fish in the waters of Washington State. The Veteran has been carefully maintained to preserve the original design and character and is still able to participate in today’s commercial salmon fishery. 


Saturday, November 18

8 a.m. - noon

FeeNon-members $195 |   Members $150


Register at least seven days prior to the departure date. Each excursion is limited to a minimum of four passengers and a maximum of five passengers. Payment is due at the time of your reservation. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Call (253) 857-9344 or email for reservations


The fine print: Although we do our very best to plan ahead, dates and times are subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors outside of our control. Gig Harbor BoatShop reserves the right to cancel an excursion because of these or other unforeseen conditions. If the BoatShop cancels your excursion, we will do our best to reschedule or provide you with a full refund. Because of this policy, we strongly urge you to buy refundable airline tickets or flight insurance. Gig Harbor BoatShop will not be responsible for any loss on non-refundable airline tickets or hotel stays.
Our Veteran cancellation policy: Customers who cancel a reservation more than 30 days prior to the scheduled excursion will receive a full refund. Reservations cancelled by the customer 30 days or less prior to the excursion are non-refundable.