Parade Information


In this section:       

    • Definition of Classes
    • Parade Order
    • Trophies
    • Parade Theme
    • Parking and Security
    • Parade Entry Registration
             


      Definition of Classes

       

      Husky Band Boats

      This class is organized by SYC.  This class are not judged.

      Club Officers' Salute  This class are not judged.

      This class allows flag officers to represent their yacht club or boating organization and salute Opening Day officials, while passing in review. This class will not be judged, but each boat (power or sail) will be dressed in proper nautical flags, and the crew will be dressed in proper nautical attire. Any yacht club or boating organization is limited to one entry in this class.

      Saluting – The Opening Day Committee requests that you salute the Admiral of Opening Day only. He, the Vice Admiral and the Admiralette will be standing on a transom platform on the second VIP vessel on the starboard side after you exit the ship canal going east. The Judges’ vessel will be the vessel immediately following the Admiral’s vessel.

      Classic Sail and Classic Power

      Any restored boat (power or sail) whose restoration is in keeping with the original design. Minimum age for a powerboat entry is 40 years; sailboat 25 years. One boat per entry. Any yacht club, boating organization or individual may have more than one entry in this class. Each entry will be judged on the following categories: hull, paint and brightwork, restoration of original vessel, nautical appearance of crew and total overall impression.

      Dressed Sail and Dressed Power

      Any single boat (power or sail), with an overall nautical appearance and proper use of dress flags. Only nautical signal flags may be used. Each entry is limited to one boat. Any yacht club, boating organization or individual may have more than one entry in this class. Each entry will be judged on the following categories: ships' company at attention, proper use of nautical flags, consistent attire of crew, overall appearance and proper Captain's salute to reviewing party (Admiral, Vice Admiral and Admiralette).

      Each Dressed Entry will be judged on the following:
      1. Spacing (10 points max)
      2. Holding position (10 points max)
      3. Crews at attention (10 points max)
      4. Consistent attire (10 points max)
      5. Overall nautical appearance (10 points max)

      Wilson Seamanship

      Any fleet of five or more boats (power or sail), which exhibits good seamanship. Each fleet will be considered one entry. Any yacht club, boating organization or group of individuals may have more than one entry in this class. Each entry will be judged on the following categories: fleet spacing and maneuvering, fleet holding position, fleet crews at attention, fleet consistent attire and fleet overall nautical appearance.

      Saluting – The Opening Day Committee requests that you salute the Admiral of Opening Day only. He, the Vice Admiral and the Admiralette will be standing on a transom platform on the third VIP vessel on the starboard side after you exit the ship canal going east. The Judges’ vessel will be the vessel immediately following the Admiral’s vessel.

      Each entry will be judged on the following:
      1. Fleet spacing and maneuvering (10 points max)
      2. Fleet holding position (10 points max)
      3. Fleet crews at attention (10 points max)
      4. Fleet consistent attire (10 points max)
      5. Fleet overall nautical appearance (10 points max)


Cougar Yacht Club 
This class are not judged.

Cougar Yacht Club and band boats.

Spinnaker

This class is for sailboats that wish to transit the parade route with their spinnaker flying (as wind allows). Boats must have an engine running for safety for the entire length of the parade route. Skippers must transit the parade route with bow forward (do not power through in reverse to fill your spinnaker). Skippers must maintain safe speed and separation when flying a spinnaker. This class is not judged.

Youth Sponsored Decorated

Any single boat (power or sail), sponsored by any yacht club or boating organization's youth group (aged 21 or younger) that decorates to the established Opening Day theme. Each entry must be substantially decorated, with decorations visible on both sides. The decorations must be completely designed and executed by the youth group. Each entry is limited to one boat. Any yacht club or boating organization may have more than one entry in this class. Each entry will be judged on the following categories: adherence to theme, originality, costumes, use of sound and overall impact.

Sponsored Decorated

Any single boat (power or sail), sponsored by any yacht club or boating organization that decorates to the established Opening Day theme. Each entry must be substantially decorated with decorations visible on both sides. Each entry is limited to one boat. Any yacht club or boating organization may have more than one entry in this class. Each entry will be judged on the following categories: adherence to theme, originality, costumes, use of sound and overall impact.

Decorated Sail and Decorated Power

Any single boat (power or sail), not sponsored by a yacht club or boating organization that decorates to the established Opening Day theme. Each entry must be substantially decorated, with decorations visible on both sides. Each entry is limited to one boat. Any individual may enter. Any yacht club or boating organization may have more than one member who enters this class, so long as the entry is not sponsored by the club or organization. Each entry will be judged on the following categories: adherence to theme, originality, costumes, use of sound and overall impact.

Novelty Decorated

Any single boat, or fleet of boats (power or sail), that is decorated in a humorous or novelty manner, to the established Opening Day theme. Each single entry or fleet (fleet = four or more boats) will be considered one entry. Any yacht club, boating organization or individual may have more than one entry in this class. Each entry must be substantially decorated with decorations visible on both sides. Each entry will be judged on the following categories: adherence to theme, originality, costumes, use of sound and overall impact.

Spirit

Any fleet (fleet = four or more boats), which exhibits crowd-pleasing spirit AND enthusiasm in attire, decorations and actions. Each fleet will be considered one entry. Only one entry will be accepted from any yacht club, boating organization or group of individuals. Each entry will be judged on the following categories: crew and guest actions, attire, fleet spirit, fleet seamanship and fleet overall look. The use of advertising is NOT permitted. Proper etiquette and attire will be strictly enforced.

Decorated Commercial

Any single boat or fleet of boats (power or sail) decorated to the established Opening Day theme. Note that fleet entries may only be made with special written permission of the Parade Director. Each entry must be substantially decorated with decorations visible on both sides. For special fleet entries, each boat in the fleet must be substantially decorated with decorations visible on both sides. Advertising is limited to two equal signs (one port; one starboard), with letters no higher than 18 inches, and the sign no longer than 10 feet. Only the sponsor's name, logo and Web site (no phone numbers) may appear on the sign. The sign shall not identify any yacht club. For fleet entries, only one boat of the fleet may display signage. Burgees may be flown in accordance with normal flag etiquette. Acceptance of entries is at the sole discretion of the current Seattle Yacht Club Commodore.

Working Boats

Open only to actual commercial working boats. Each entry is limited to one boat. This class will not be decorated. No advertising messages or phone numbers will be allowed other than corporate identification consisting of two equal signs (one port; one starboard) with letters no higher than 18 inches, and the sign no longer than 10 feet. Only the business name and logo is allowed. This is strictly enforced. Each entry will be judged on the following categories: hull condition, paint and brightwork, consistent attire of crew, adherence to established class rules and total overall impression.

Fireboat

City of Seattle Fireboat.  This class are not judged.

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Parade Order

Each entry will parade with boats from the same class and in the following order:

Order  Class  Class Name
1st A HMCS Oriole, Fire Boat, SFD Chief Seattle, KC Sheriff Marine Unit
2nd B Husky Band Boats
3rd C Club Officers' Salute
4th D Classic Power 40' and Over
5th E Classic Sail
6th F Classic Power Under 40'
7th G Novelty Decorated
8th H Dressed Sail
9th I Dressed Power
10th J Wilson Seamanship
11th K SYC Inviitational
12th L Cougar Yacht Club
13th M Spinnaker Group
14th N Youth Sponsored Decorated
15th O Sponsored Decorated
16th P Decorated Sail
17th R Decorated Power
18th S Spirit
19th T Decorated Commercial
20th U Working Boats
21st V SPD Harbor 4

Classes of boats will proceed through the parade route in alphabetical order.  Within each alphabetic class, boats may proceed in any numerical order.

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Trophies

The panel of Judges is selected from military installations, and Art organizations around Puget Sound. Their decision is final. Take-home Trophy Plaques remain with the winning skipper(s), and are awarded as follows:

 Class  Class Name  Award
D Classic Power 40' and Over 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
E Classic Sail 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
F Classic Power Under 40' 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
G Novelty Decorated  1st, 2nd, & 3rd 
H Dressed Sail 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
I Dressed Power 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
N Youth Sponsored Decorated 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
O Sponsored Decorated 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
P Decorated Sail 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
R Decorated Power 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
T Decorated Commercial 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
U Working Boats 1st, 2nd, & 3rd

Perpetual Trophies remain at Seattle Yacht Club:

 Class  Trophy  Description
Class D Golden Potlatch Trophy "Best Classic Power Yacht 40' and Over"
Class E Old Timers Trophy "Best Classic Sailboat"
Class F T.B.D. Trophy "Best Classic Power Yacht Under 40"
Classes H & I Mariner Friedlander Opening Day Trophy "Best Dressed Sail"
"Best Dressed Power"
Class J Wilson Seamanship Trophy
Class N Tim Berger Memorial Trophy "Best Youth Sponsored Decorated"
Class O Past Commodores Trophy "Best Yacht Club Sponsored Decorated"
Class P Admiralette's Trophy "Best Decorated Sail"
Class R Lady President's Trophy "Best Decorated Power"
Class G Golden Potlatch Trophy "Best Novelty Decorated"
Class S Group Spirit Trophy "Best Spirit"
Class T & U Commercial & Working Boats Trophy "Best Working Boat"
Classes N, O, P, R, and S Admiral's Trophy SYC Grand Sweepstakes "Best Overall Decorated Yacht"

 

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Parade Theme

Seattle Yacht Club's 2016 Opening Day Trio, Admiral Tom Wingard, Admiralette Joanne McConnell and Vice Admiral Bruce Campbell, announce the new Opening Day Theme for 2016: "A Great Escape".

"A Great Escape" leaves the type of music and decorations wide open for the parade competitors. SYC encourages a variety of entrants making this years parade fabulous and entertaining!

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Parking and Security

With Opening Day weekend fast approaching, it is important to keep in mind that parking will be more restricted this year.  SYC members must show membership card to park in SYC or Fisheries parking lots.It is important to remember to carpool and do plan to use both the Museum of History and Industry parking lots as well as the University of Washington south parking lot where van service will be provided for our members and guests.

Parking for the Friday noon lunch will be especially limited. Please plan ahead. Remember to observe all signs. Fire lanes must be kept clear at all times.

Keep security uppermost in your mind. Don’t let a perfect weekend be spoiled by the loss of valuables. Stow them out of sight, or better yet, leave them at home. While the lots will be monitored, they will be monitored by mere humans. And bad things sometimes happen. Not everyone on the premises will be a SYC member!

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Parade Entry Registration