21. Get Outdoors for Opening Day On The Bay

April 22, 2010

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Boating Season officially begins this Sunday. And yes, we’ve been hemming and hawing about our feelings for the inclimate weather lately…  I mean, does anyone know what season it is?

But hope will find a way it seems. According to the Weather Man we’re looking at Sunny and in the 60s for the weekend. So package your person appropriately and make the best of it. You never know… sometimes that Sunny and 65 in SF feels more like the 80s :)

This Sunday, April 25th is Opening Day On The Bay. The name spells it out, but if you need more details, check this out from The Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association:

The Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association is an association comprised of 105 yacht clubs in Northern California.  Our history goes back over one hundred and fourteen years and has grown to be one of the largest yachting organizations in the world.  We were formed to foster communication and cooperation in the various yachting activities.

For 92 years, according to the Yachting registry, PICYA has opened the yachting season with the parade of boats large and small.  This is preceded by the blessing of the fleet, hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club.  The theme for the parade this year is “Building Bridges”, which will allow for creatively decorated boats [...]

There are plenty more colorful buttons on their site if you’re looking for more information :)

Our take is that if you have no plans to be on the Bay for Opening Day then your best time is spent along the Waterfront. There are plenty of places to enjoy the festivities around the Marina green , to Crissy Field, and your usual walks along The Fisherman’s Wharf area. Oh yeah… and the main event is the Parade.

From Bay Crossings:

Opening Day’s main event is a parade. Participating yachts pass by an official committee boat, where the most creatively-decorated boats compete for top honors bestowed by the designated judges. The parade will contain over 120 boats—including historic boats, fireboats, towboats operated by Vessel Assist, as well as several pleasure yachts—decorated to this year’s theme: “Building Bridges.” The parade can be viewed along the San Francisco shoreline from Crissy Field to Pier 39 and runs from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

In the past, the parade themes have varied, with some more serious than others. However, the themes always spawn very creative decorations. After September 11, 2001, the next Opening Day theme was definitely patriotic, with more Old Glories hoisted than ever before. After Hurricane Katrina, the theme was Mardi Gras—I recall one particularly spectacular boat with a 12-foot giant cartoon alligator blowing a saxophone on its foredeck [...]

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