February 6, 2014
2014 Opening Day Theme is “Toys Ahoy!”
Seattle Yacht Club has chosen “Toys Ahoy!” for the theme of the 2014 Opening Day boating festivities on May 3, 2014. The Seattle community will see boats in full dress, as well as decorated and playful toys as they parade through the Montlake Cut.
This 94th annual, world-renown boating event is under the leadership of Admiral Michael Carrosino, Admiralette Shawn Otorowski, and Vice Admiral Ted Shultz. “Toys Ahoy!” is a theme that everyone – boaters and non-boater alike – can relate to and have fun while contributing towards a festive celebration for the community,” explained Admiral Carrosino.
Seattle’s Opening Day is produced by countless volunteers and is open for participation to the entire Salish Sea community. The festivities begin with a celebration of our racing traditions with rowing competitions from local, regional and international athletes. The Windermere Cup - the highlight of the rowing competition – pits national/ international schools against the University of Washington men’s and women’s crew.
The celebration culminates with decorated vessels of all shapes and sizes – dinghies, aqua cars, wooden boats, sailboats, powerboats and yachts – decorated to illustrate the “Toys Ahoy!” theme. Boaters and landlubbers alike cheer on the crew races and watch the parade of dressed and decorated vessels that proceed through the Cut.
Seattle’s nautical history goes back to 1792 when George Vancouver visited the area. Founded in 1892, Seattle Yacht Club has been instrumental in establishing boating traditions and hosting celebrations leading up to the legacy of what Opening Day is today.