Press Releases

Michelle Sailor
(206) 325-1000


 Press Releases:

March 17, 2015

 Contact:  Michelle Sailor
 (206) 617-9049

2015 Opening Day Theme is “Myths and Monsters!”

 Seattle Yacht Club has chosen “Myths and Monsters” for the theme of the 2015 Opening Day Boating Festivities on May 2, 2015. The Seattle community will see boats in full dress, as well as decorated boats in myths and monsters regalia as they parade through the Montlake Cut.

 This 95th annual, world-renowned boating event is under the leadership of Admiral Ted Shultz, Admiralette Sally Cole, and Vice Admiral Tom Wingard.  “Myths & Monsters is a broad theme that appeals to a diverse group.  We hope to see creative and inventive decorations that illustrate legends and marine life – slimy, scaly, gnarly sea creatures.  This is not your Grandmother’s Opening Day theme,” quipped the Trio.

 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 crews 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 the “Myths and Monsters” theme. Boaters and landlubbers alike cheer on the crew races and watch the dressed and decorated vessels that parade through the Cut.

 Seattle’s Opening Day history goes back to 1913 in Elliott Bay. The celebration moved to the Montlake Cut in 1920 when Seattle Yacht Club moved their facilities to Portage Bay. 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

Return to top