Parade Information


In this section:

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

      Parade Instructions

      Welcome. These are instructions for vessel participation in the 2014 Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Parade.

      If you want to participate in the Opening Day Parade, follow these instructions. You will find the following sections below: General Guidelines, Registration, Boat Numbers, Dates and Times, Day of the Parade, Awards and Safety Considerations. Print these instructions. Read them well before the day of the parade and bring them with you to Opening Day.

      1. General Guidelines
      1. Opening Day Parade activities begin at the Seattle Yacht Club before sunrise and end late Saturday evening, May 3, 2014. The Boat Parade itself begins at noon in Portage Bay at the West end of the Montlake Cut and ends at approximately 3:00 p.m. at Webster Point. A more detailed time line is set forth below.

      2. A vessel may not participate in the Opening Day Parade unless it registers using the SYC Opening Day Registration Web site. All vessels must register no later than Thursday, April 24, 2014. Vessels not successfully registered will not be allowed to participate in the parade. Prior to registering, review the definitions of classes on the SYC Web site. As part of the registration process, you will be asked to select a "class", i.e. the group or section of parade within which you will participate.

      3. Receiving a parade invitation does not constitute registration. You must register even if you have received a verbal or written invitation from SYC. Parade registration does not include moorage. You may also request moorage on the SYC Web site registration page.

      4. Every vessel in the parade must display a 2014 Opening Day Boat Number. Vessels without 2014 Opening Day Boat Numbers will not be allowed to participate in the parade. See below for more information on boat numbers, how to get one, and where it must be displayed.

      5. All participating boat owners must agree to decorate or exhibit their boat in accordance with class definitions. The Parade Director has the authority to hold back any vessels not in accordance with the class definitions.

      6. No religious or political signs of any sort are permitted.

      7. Entrants are responsible for removal of litter or decorations left in water.

      8. Limited commercial signs are allowed only in the Decorated Commercial class. Please contact the Parade Director for signage approval if you intend on displaying a commercial sign on a vessel registered in this class.

      1. Registration Procedure
      1. Registration closes: 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014.

      1. Boat Numbers
      1. Boat Numbers are preprinted and consist of a letter and number, e.g. B 12, C 4.

      2. Every vessel in the parade must display a 2014 Opening Day Boat Number. Vessels without 2014 Opening Day Boat Numbers, including those attempting to reuse a previous year’s boat number, will not be allowed to participate in the parade.

      3. The skipper, or other designated representative, must pick up their vessel’s boat numbers from the Seattle Yacht Club prior to the day of the parade. For registered vessels, boat numbers are available to be picked up at the Seattle Yacht Club on the following dates and times:

        Thursday, May 1: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
        Friday, May 2: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

      4. Each vessel will receive two boat numbers. One must be displayed on the starboard bow as close to the stem as possible. The second must be displayed on the stern, facing aft. If you have a dinghy on your transom, display the boat number on the bottom of your dinghy facing aft.

      5. Each boat number issued by the Seattle Yacht Club will be assigned to only one vessel. You must display the boat number assigned to your vessel; do not switch boat numbers with other vessels or neither vessel will be allowed to participate in the parade.

      1. Dates and Times
      1. January 1, 2014 Registration opens

      2. April 24, 2014 Registration closes at 5:00 p.m.

      3. May 1, 2014 Boat numbers available at SYC, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

      4. May 2, 2014 Boat numbers available at SYC, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

      5. May 3, 2014 Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Parade
        8:00 a.m. Vessels begin to gather in Portage Bay
        9:40 a.m. SE Portage Bay and Parade route (Montlake Cut) closed
        10:10 a.m. Dragon Boat race (East to West)
        10:20 a.m. First crew race (East to West)
        11:30 a.m. Last crew race
        11:45 a.m. Crew shells transit West to East
        12:00 p.m. Montlake Bridge raises/firing of noon cannon
        12:00 p.m. Opening Day Parade begins
        2:45 p.m. Last parade vessel enters Montlake Cut
        3:30 p.m. Vessels permitted to transit East to West
        4:00 p.m. Vessels permitted to transit West to East
        6:00 p.m. Award and Trophy presentation at SYC

      1. Day of the Parade
      1. Skipper should monitor and be alert for instructions from the Parade Director over VHF Ch. 68, or the public address system aboard the PORTAGE BAY. The Parade Director's official vessel is the PORTAGE BAY. It will be anchored at the West entrance to Montlake Cut, just north of SYC Dock 4.

      2. Seattle Yacht Club Parade Marshals will patrol Portage Bay and the parade route. Each skipper will immediately follow all instructions from the Parade Marshals and law enforcement officers. The Parade Director has the authority to use official action if any skipper fails to follow the instructions of the Parade Marshals.

      3. The Southeast end of Portage Bay and the parade route (Montlake Cut) will be closed to all but official parade boats from 9:40 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m. Boats wishing to transit the operation area may do so until 9:40 a.m. This means that you will not be allowed to transit Montlake Cut to Webster Point in either direction between 9:40 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

      4. At 9:40 a.m. the Parade Director will halt all traffic in Portage Bay between the University Bridge and Webster Point. No entry to, or exiting from, the North log boom will be allowed between 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., as crew races will be in progress. If you are participating in the parade and coming from Lake Washington, you must be completely through Montlake Cut and into Portage Bay prior to 9:40 a.m. If you do not make it, you will not be allowed to participate in the parade.

      5. The parade will start on orders from the Parade Director. The lead boats may include vessels from the United States Coast Guard, United States Navy, King County Sheriff and Seattle Police Department.

      6. Thereafter the parade will continue alphabetically by class, i.e. Class A, Class B, Class C, etc. Vessels are not required to transit by number within their class, i.e. B 06 may transit before B 04. Skippers must continue to monitor VHF Ch. 68 at all times for directions from the Parade Director on staging, spacing, special maneuvers and other information relevant to the parade. Be ready, but do not move to the area near the entrance to the cut until the Parade Director calls your group.

      7. Steer a straight course, with the bow going in a forward direction. Keep parade tight, one to two boat lengths between boats. Maintain not less than five knots and NO turns off course until clear of Webster Point. Special maneuvering will be allowed only for the Wilson Seamanship Fleet or as granted by the Parade Director. If you wish to obtain permission for special maneuvering, please contact the Parade Director well before Opening Day to discuss your plans. Obey the instructions of the Parade Director and the official marshal patrol boats.

      8. The last boat in the parade, the City of Seattle Fire Boat, will enter the east end of the Montlake Cut at approximately 2:30 p.m., transit to the East end of the parade route, turn, and transit back to Portage Bay. No vessels will be allowed though the cut until after the Seattle Fire Boat has transited back West through the Montlake Cut.

      9. After the parade ends, boats will be allowed to travel the cut East to West only for approximately 1/2 to 1 hour, then will change to both directions. The Seattle Police Harbor Patrol will be running the traffic control, please stay on the right side of the cut in your travel direction. The Montlake Bridge will be opening only on the 1/2 and full hour for sailboats and larger vessels.

      1. Awards
      1. All boats competing for awards must pass through Montlake Cut (West to East).

      2. Each skipper will execute a Right Hand Salute upon arriving at the first reviewing boat (Admiral of the Day) holding salute until past the third review boat (SYC Commodore). Do not salute with the American Flag (don't dip the flag).

      3. The Judges' vessel will be anchored in the reviewing line, just past the Admiral of the Day's boat and will be clearly identified.

      1. Safety Considerations
      1. HOMELAND SECURITY: Please help us honor and respect the security forces that will be working to support this event. All vessels in the parade must pre-register with the Seattle Yacht Club and display a valid boat number. Do not exchange boat numbers, try to use numbers from previous years, etc. Any boat not displaying a valid 2014 boat number that matches the boat name as registered will be considered a security threat, and will be removed from the parade by security forces.

      2. All emergency communication should be transmitted on VHF Ch. 16 or via cell phone 911. Non-emergency communication with the Parade Director should be conducted on VHF Ch. 68.

      3. Boating Safety: SYC encourages parade participants to model good boating safety by following the U.S.C.G. Federal PFD Regulation for Children: THE REGULATIONS ESTABLISH A FEDERAL REQUIREMENT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 13 YEARS OLD ABOARD RECREATIONAL VESSELS TO WEAR COAST GUARD-APPROVED PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES (PFDS), WHILE THE VESSEL IS UNDER WAY, UNLESS THE CHILDREN ARE BELOW DECK OR IN AN ENCLOSED CABIN.

      4. A $2,500 fine and/or jail sentence could result from throwing water balloons or any other objects from your boat.

      5. In keeping with the Seattle Yacht Club's strict policy of protecting our environment, please be ecologically minded by refraining from using overboard discharge heads, releasing balloons, using plastic streamers or in any way polluting our waterways.

      The Seattle Yacht Club looks forward to your participation in the 2014 Opening Day Parade.

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      Definition of Classes

      These SYC classes are reserved for the use of the Parade Director. These classes are not judged.

      Husky Band Boats

      This class is organized by SYC.

      Club Officers' Salute

      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

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

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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 Government / HMCS Oriole
2nd B Wilson Seamanship
3rd C Husky Band Boats
4th D Club Officers' Salute
5th E SYC Invitational
6th F Classic Power 40' and Over
7th G Classic Sail
8th H Classic Power Under 40'
9th I Novelty Decorated
10th J Dressed Sail
11th K Dressed Power
12th L SYC Inviitational
13th M Cougar Yacht Club
14th N Spinnaker Group
15th O Youth Sponsored Decorated
16th P Parade Invitational
17th Q Sponsored Decorated
18th R Decorated Sail
19th S Decorated Power
20th T Spirit
21st U Decorated Commercial
22nd V Working Boats
23rd W Fireboat

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
F Classic Power 40' and Over 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
G Classic Sail 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
H Classic Power Under 40' 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
I Novelty Decorated  1st, 2nd, & 3rd 
J Dressed Sail 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
K Dressed Power 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
o Youth Sponsored Decorated 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Q Sponsored Decorated 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
R Decorated Sail 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
S Decorated Power 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
U Decorated Commercial 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
V Working Boats 1st, 2nd, & 3rd

Perpetual Trophies remain at Seattle Yacht Club:

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

 

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Parade Theme

Seattle Yacht Club's 2014 Opening Day Trio, Admiral Michael Carrosino, Admiralette Shawn Otorowski and Vice Admiral Ted Shultz, announce the new Opening Day Theme for 2014: "Toys Ahoy".

“Toys Ahoy” 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

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    Parade Registration - Fleet - Closed
       


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