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Opening Day of Boating Season

April ,  2013  - www.seattleyachtclub.org

 

A full day of Seattle boating fun

     Is there really an opening day for boating season? There is for Seattle, it's been happening since 1913 and it's the only one of its kind in the world. Small boats, motorboats, rowing and paddle boats, sailboats, antique boats, and mega yachts decorate themselves to a year's theme and parade through Seattle's portage Bay and Mountlake Cut as judges vote on the best decorated and best-dressed boats in several categories.

     The parade of boats starts at noon but many activities start much earlier at the organizing Seattle Yacht Club. The day starts off early with commissioning ceremonies on the Seattle Yacht Club lawn. By 10 AM racing shells from top caliber collegiate and international rowing teams compete for the world prestigious Windemere cup crew races which became a part of the opening day in 1986.

     There are usually 300 or more boats that participate in the Seattle boat parade, whose roots date back to July 4, 1895. At 6 PM there is a presentation of trophies and closing ceremonies.

 

 

 

Time:

Sat: 10 am to 6 pm
Sun: 10 am to 4 pm

 

Location: Mountlake Cut that connects the Puget Sound with Lake Washington.

 

Cost: free

 

Tips:

 *Parking is very limited, carpool if you can.

*This is a great family outing. It's not uncommon to see picnics lined up along the shores and even more on the boats and the yachts.

* It's a great view from the bridge for the crew races, but for the parade they raise the bridge.

* Finish line for races is at West end of the Mountlake Cut. Boat parade goes East.

 

 

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