This morning we awoke to an unexpected visitor. The Laurel, recently launched subject of considerable speculation, was waiting for us off the tip of Pier 70. Well, not exactly waiting for us.
Said to have been designed by Donald Starkey, probably built by Dakota Creek, reportedly outfitted by Delta Marine, somewhere between 240' and 268' - possibly the largest yacht built in the U.S. since the 1921 - rumored to have been launched in late December by DCI into the Guemes Channel, and spotted around the Sound since January.
While a whole list of local names come to mind, an unnamed NY architect is the likely owner of Laurel. We're pretty sure we saw him waving to us.
UPDATE: She's back in local waters, spotted in Elliott Bay on St. Patrick's Day, 2007.