Seattle Yacht Club has three principle forms of print communication:

  • Press Releases
  • The Binnacle - Our monthly glossy print magazine
  • CompassNEWS - a weekly electronic newsletter sent by email

The magazine and electronic newsletter are only available to logged-in members in the table below.

Page updated Wednesday, April 13, 2016

  • Press Releases
    • Press Releases

      Michelle Sailor
      (206) 617-9049


       Press Releases:


      March 4, 2016

      2016 Opening Day of Boating Theme is "A Great Escape"

      Seattle Yacht Club has chosen "A Great Escape" for the theme of the 2016 Opening Day Boating Festivities on May 7, 2016.  The Seattle community will see boats in full dress, as well as decorated boats in theme-related regalia as they parade through the Montlake Cut.

       The 96th annual, world-renowned boating event is under the leadership of Admiral Tom Wingard, Admiralette Joanne McConnell, and Vice Admiral Bruce Campbell.  The theme 'A Great Escape' was selected for boaters to celebrate their town, city or region.  Where do you go to escape, rejuvenate or relax - the sea, the mountains, the forest?" explained Admiral Tom Wingard.

       Seattle Yacht Club's Opening Day is organized by countless volunteers and is open for participation to the entire Salish Sea community.  The festivities begin with a celebration of the Northwest traditions with rowing competitions from local, regional and international athletes.  The Windermere Cup, started in 1986, is the highlight of the rowing competition which 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 "A Great Escape" theme.  This event is like no other Opening Day;  where boaters and landlubbers alike can watch within yards of the passing vessels in the Cut.

       The tradition known as Seattle's Opening Day first started in 1913 with a parade and regatta in Elliott Bay.  Since 1920, the celebration has been held in the Montlake Cut when Seattle Yacht Club moved its facilities to Portage Bay.  Founded in 1892, the Seattle Yacht Club has been instrumental in establishing boating traditions and hosting events 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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  • The Binnacle Magazine


        The Binnacle is Seattle Yacht Club's monthly print publication that highlights news and activities around the Club and is mailed to Club members monthly.
        Content Submissions

        The Binnacle staff welcomes your contribution of articles and photos for the magazine. You can use the following email addresses to submit information to the Binnacle:



        Items for publication can also be placed in the Binnacle mailbox located in the lower administrative offices, or sent via facsimile to (206) 324-8784.

        All items must be received by the first day of the month preceding the publication month. Submittals should be in MS Word format and images in JPEG format.

        Note that classified ads can be posted by logged-in members at any time on Members/Message Boards.



          The Binnacle is a full-color glossy magazine produced and distributed to our Members, along with the Grand 14 and other outlets, extending the reach beyond SYC.  Binnacle readers are affluent, mobile and influential in their businesses, neighborhoods and communities.  Binnacle is a monthly publication with 11 issues per year (July and August share a combined issue).  Each issue includes unique and compelling content that draws members to the magazine and, as a result, to the advertising.  For more information about placing advertising, view the Binnacle 2018 Media Kit, and/or contact Josie Weiss.



        Note: The archival copies of The Binnacle are only available to logged-in members of SYC.


        Past issues can be downloaded in Adobe PDF format from the table below. Downloads often exceed several MB, so be patient. Get the most recent copy of the free Adobe Reader at
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  • CompassNEWS Electronic Newsletter
    • CompassNEWS Electronic Newsletter


      The electronic newsletter of Seattle Yacht Club, CompassNEWS, is delivered weekly on Tuesdays by email to members who have valid email addresses in the club directory.

      CompassNEWS Submissions

      The CompassNEWS staff welcome your contributions of announcements and photos for the newsletter. View our guidelines on Compass NEWS Orientation. Images should be in JPEG format and documents in MS Word. Please note that PDF files are difficult to use in our format.

      Deadline for the Tuesday issue is Sunday night. Please send items to


      Receiving CompassNEWS

      If you are not receiving CompassNEWS, you probably don't have a valid email address in the club directory (Members/Member Directory). Check the information under the Members/MyProfile tab and look at the rest of your contact information. 

      By default, all members of SYC are automatically subscribed to the newsletter. If you do not want to receive CompassNEWS at all, you can unsubscribe by Opting Out of delivery. To do so, check the box labeled "Compass NEWS - OPT OUT - DO NOT SEND"  to the right of your profile screen under the label "Opt-in Groups" and then click "Update Opt In Groups". Another way to opt-out of receiving the newsletter is to use the opt-out link at the bottom of the newsletter (“Click here to unsubscribe from further communications.”).

      If you decide to resubscribe, go to Members/MyProfile and uncheck the box labeled "Compass NEWS - OPT OUT - DO NOT SEND" and click "Update Opt In Groups". Other opt-in/opt-out groups are present in your member profile in Members/Member Directory, then click on the MyProfile tab to show the groups to which you belong.

      Still not receiving the CompassNEWS? Then send a message to and someone on the Information Technology Committee will sort out the problem.

      CompassNEWS Archives

      Note: The archival copies of CompassNEWS are only available to logged-in members of SYC.

      The links below provide an archive of past editions of CompassNEWS, organized by year: 


      Last updated Wednesday, January 31, 2018