Husky football fans show their team spirit while sailing on the Montlake Cut

“Sailgating” offers a unique alternative to tailgating for husky soccer games. #k5evening

Stan McMeekin, Anisa Ashabi, King 5 Evening

12:04 PDT Sep 20, 2018

5:12pm PDT Sep 22, 2022

SEATTLE — With the husky football season in full swing, you might be ready to start the celebrations with a tailgate party. However, lack of parking and busy crowds can be a headache and spoil the fun.

Many football fans therefore take to the water with their team spirit and “sail” instead. Die-hard husky fanatic and retired University of Washington professor Douglas “Mac” MacLachlan has been cruising his boat to the Games since 1970.

“It draws a lot of people in just because it’s so unique,” MacLachlan said. “It’s a good excuse to have a party and you know, the game is always fun.”

Even if you’re not as passionate about football as MacLachlan, it’s still a great excuse to get in the water, meet new people, and have a good time.

“We’re going to be out on the water for a couple of hours, have a good time, eat something, have a few beers, and then watch the game and get back on the water,” said Portland’s Tim O’Gorman.

“When you’re sailing there’s a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of excitement before the game.” Capt. Trevor MacLachlan, Mac’s son and owner of Seattle Charters, said. “We’ve been doing this for a long time.”

Trevor emphasizes how unique sailing is in the Pacific Northwest and encourages everyone to try it, even if you’re not a football fan.

Your next chance to don purple and gold and hit the water is Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. when the Huskies take on Stanford.

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