The beautiful Blanchard Senior Knockabout has a newly-created resource chronicling its rich history in Seattle and around the PNW.

Few sailboat designs are as deeply tied with the history of sailing in the Pacific Northwest as the 26-foot Blanchard Senior Knockabout. Longtime Senior Knockabout owner and decorated racing sailor, Jim Llewellyn, began thinking of creating an archive illuminating the history of these classic boats nearly 15 years ago. This dream project in service of the boat and community of sailors he loves has come to life in the form of a new website dedicated to the Knockabout.

The site is full of class newsletters, photographs, and articles (including some from 48° North), and more; as well as an amazing newly-converted 16mm video showing Senior Knockabout racing on Lake Washington in 1950. 

Sailors around the Pacific Northwest owe Jim a debt of gratitude for his dedication to this endeavor. The site is now a public resource honoring this central part of our region’s maritime history and, as Jim says, “the finest sailboats that ever came out of Lake Union, Washington.”

Check it out: