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“Salish Sea Treasures” Theme for Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day 2011

Posted: March 15, 2011 | |

February 17th, 2011

Seattle Yacht Club is pleased to announce the theme, “Salish Sea Treasures” for its annual Opening Day parade on Saturday, May 7, 2011.  Admiral Bob McConnell, Admiralette Bonnie Foti, and Vice Admiral Dick Bell are leading this colorful celebration.  Rowing events, featuring the Windermere Cup, begin at 10:20am followed by the parade of boats at noon. 

In November of 2009 the United States and Canada formally adopted the title of “The Salish Sea” for the inland Marine Waters of Washington and British Columbia.  With its Native American connection, rich history, unparalleled beauty, and limitless cruising opportunities, all who live near or visit the sea have taken home one of its treasures.  A treasure can be a favorite anchorage, family memories new & old, mountains rising from the sea, fishing, crabbing.  

This traditional Seattle Yacht Club parade can trace its roots to a Fourth of July celebration on Seattle’s waterfront in 1895.  In 1920, shortly after the Lake Washington Ship Canal was completed, linking Seattle’s inland Lakes with Puget Sound, the celebration moved to the fresh waters of the ship canal, Portage Bay and the Montlake Cut.

The shorelines will be crowded with spectators as about 200 boats, many decorated to the theme, parade past the judges and viewers on boats anchored along the parade route.  There will be small boats, motorboats, antique boats, mega-yachts, sailboats flying colorful spinnakers, and boats carrying musicians of the UW Husky & WSU Cougar Marching Bands.  As a grand finale – tractor tugs that can spin in circles while staying within the course, and commercial boats are followed by the fireboat moving in a cloud of spray.

The Opening Day celebration “Salish Sea Treasures” on Saturday May 7, 2011, is one of Seattle’s popular family events.  The rowing competitions begin at 10:20am and are highlighted with international crews racing the University of Washington in the Windermere Cup.  At 12 noon the Montlake Bridge opens and whistles blow signaling the start of one of the world’s largest boat parades.

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Michele J Shaw
Opening Day Press
206-931-8291, 206-325-1000

Seattle Yacht Club, 1801 East Hamlin St., Seattle, WA 98112

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