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This page begins with a description of the official inauguration of the Fleet, although members of the Fleet have sailed out of the Laurelhurst Beach Club at least since the 1920s. The recollections below reflect the variety of ways in which Fleet members have enjoyed sailing since the late 1930s.

Fleet Charter

The Fleet Charter

On New Year's Eve, 1939, a group of young men and women gathered to sign a Fleet Charter, granted to the Laurelhurst Flattie Fleet by the International Flattie Yacht Racing Association. At that time, Flattie enthusiasts from several neighborhoods bordering Lake Washington and Portage Bay signed the Charter. Many of them were in their teens.


CLICK HERE to see a copy of the Charter. Fleet Charter

Pat Goodfellow was only 14 when he signed the Charter. Click to hear Pat's memories of those who signed the Charter


Segments of interviews with two men who signed the Charter - Evert Sodergren and Patrick Goodfellow - are included on this site.


Good-natured fun and mischief

Pat Osborne Wright at LBC with Service Men, 1943

(Photograph: Josef Scaylea, courtesy of Pat Osborne Wright)

Pat Osborne Wright left college and went to work during the World War II. She volunteered at the YMCA in downtown Seattle. Pat and her parents participated in a USO program to enable service men to get out of the city for an afternoon. Josef Scaylea asked Pat if he could accompany her and two service men for an afternoon.

In the early 1940s, sailboats on Lake Washington were a bright spot during a grim time. Virginia Boren wrote of wartime danger on the seas in the Seattle Times (August 2, 1942), noting, "...when one looks out on the sapphire blue of Lake Washington and sees the sailboats bobbing around like toy ships in a bath tub, one has a satisfying sense of security. Here, at least, boats are being used for pleasure."


Creativity and skill

Fleet members readily entertained themselves and others over the years. Some feats were good training for competition.

Ken Kraft gunwale sailing

(Photo courtesy of Ken and Marilyn Kraft)

John and Jack Carver coming into LBC

(Photo courtesy of Jack and Nancy Carver)

Projects and excursions

The Fleet was a catalyst for improvements at the LBC and for fun elsewhere on the Lake.


Anyone can get involved with the Fleet!

No sailing experience is necessary.

Pat Osborne Wright coming into the beach, 1942

(Photo courtesy of Pat Osborne Wright)