Ahoy! Opening Day of Boating is Saturday, May 7

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credit: Seattle Yacht Club

The Seattle Yacht club, the event sponsor, began registering boats for the Opening Day Parade in January. If you’d like to be a part of the action, you can register your boat until 5:00pm on Thursday, April 28. Go to for information. Only boats who have registered can participate in the parade, which begins at 12:00pm at Portage Bay at the west end of the Montlake Cut, and ends at approximately 3:00 p.m. at Webster Point. The boats are decorated and will be judged by local military and art installations. Winners will receive take-home trophies at the closing ceremony.

If you’d like to moor on the University of Washington’s log boom, you must turn in your form no later than Monday, April 25. A donation minimum of $10 per foot of beam width to help defray expenses is being asked. Go to the website at for details.

If you are planning to sit and watch all the boats on opening day, there are nice spots along the route to take pictures. And before the parade begins, there will be dragon boat races and sailboat races. The University of Washington will be rowing against international crews in the Windermere Cup starting at 10:20am.

For more information on the Seattle Yacht Club, or Opening Day, check out

The theme of this year’s Opening Day of boating season is “Salish Sea Treasures”. In 2009, the United States and Canada formally adopted the title of “The Salish Sea” for the inland Marine Waters of Washington and British Columbia. The treasures are meant to include gorgeous vistas, and fond memories of boating and sailing on these waters.

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