Press Releases

Michelle Sailor
(206) 325-1000

 Press Releases:

April 27, 2014


Seattle Yacht Club Members Support Childhaven Toy Drive  

In keeping with the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day theme “Toys Ahoy,” the membership is supporting Childhaven’s Brighter Birthday Program. Childhaven, a therapeutic child-care center in King County, is providing birthday gift packages for their children with emphasis on toys, books and shoes. Donation boxes can be found at SYC through the Opening Day weekend festivities to May 4, 2014.


Founded in 1909, Childhaven serves babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers who

have been abused or neglected, or are at risk. Their mission is to break the

cycle of child abuse and neglect by healing its youngest victims with

scientifically proven therapeutic care.

April 24, 2014


 Press Opportunities for Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Parade, Saturday, May 3, 2014

Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Committee welcomes coverage of Opening Day Events.  Please review the various opportunities to cover Opening Day below. The Seattle Yacht Club is private property and all non-members, including press, must be escorted on the property at all times.


Reservation requests for space on the SYC Press Boat must be e-mailed by April 25, 2014.  Provide name of station/publication represented, individual press personnel name(s), job title for each (reporter, photographer, etc.), and list parking requirements.  Space is limited.


View the Crew Races and Parade on the SYC Press Boat

Departing the dock immediately after the 9:00 a.m. commissioning ceremony on the Seattle Yacht Club lawn, head out on a beautiful volunteer boat with front row seats to the Windermere Cup Crew Races and the 2014 "Toys Ahoy" Boat Parade. Yacht returns to SYC at the end of the parade, around 3:00 p.m.  A day on the Press Boat offers front row (boat) seat photo opportunities as well as information about parade entries.

By reservation only. Call (206) 617-9049 or email


Parking at the Seattle Yacht Club

Parking on neighboring streets can be difficult during Opening Day activities on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. To ensure press parking in exchange for covering our event, contact the Club at (206) 325-1000 or (206) 617-9049.


Cruise the Log Boom

On Friday before Opening Day, May 2nd, you and your crew can be escorted on a volunteer boat to cruise the waterway, through the Montlake Cut, and to the log boom to photograph and film enthusiastic spectators. Marshal boats will be available on Opening Day. By reservation only. Call (206) 617-9049 or email


Interview the Admiral, Vice Admiral or Admiralette

This year's Trio of Opening Day officers are available for press conferences, TV, print and radio interviews. Please contact the Press Chair Michelle Sailor. The Trio will be in attendance at the press conference with Windermere Foundation and Washington Huskies Athletics Department.

Broadcast or Tape from the SYC Docks, Lawn or Parking Lot

Decorated boats from visiting yacht clubs make the Seattle Yacht Club a picturesque backdrop for taping or broadcasting information about Opening Day and the crew races.


Parade Director's View

The Seattle Yacht Club boat Portage Bay, provides an excellent viewing platform for the press, as it will be anchored near the finish line of the crew races and the starting area of the boat parade.


Broadcast or Tape from an SYC Boat

Press committee members can arrange member volunteers and their boats to be available for interviews and broadcast/taping locations


Photographs or Taping in the SYC Clubhouse

Press photographs or taping is not permitted inside the Club; with advance notice special arrangements may be made.

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.

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

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