Opening Day on the Bay


  • Northern California

Event Category: 

CYA Event

Event Dates: 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The 97th Annual “Opening Day on the Bay” Decorated Boat Parade, hosted by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA), representing over 100 yacht clubs in Northern California celebrates the official beginning of the 2014 boating season on San Francisco Bay. 

Founded in 1896 to improve communication between yacht clubs, provide uniform racing rules, and generally encourage yachting, the PICYA has corrdinated Opening Day since 1917.  The Classic Yacht Association has participated as a lead yacht club of this parade since our founding in 1971. The "Blessing of the Fleet" which precedes the parade is scheduled for 10:30 though Noon in Racoon Strait as it has in the past.

The parade yachts will assemble off of Crissy Field and await the sounding of the horn for the parade to begin.  CYA yachts will follow the fireboat and the Potomac.  Public viewing of the parade from the shore will be available from selected locations beginning at Crissy Field to Pier 39.

This year's theme is "Visions".  Boat/US has been one of the major sponsors of the Opening Day parade for the past 10 years.

Opening Day CYA Coordinator for this year is Steve Kadzielawa. As we have done in the past, Steve is planning for a traditional pot luck lunch for the fleet on the docks of the Treasure Is. Yacht Club, where our yachts will rendezvous following the parade.

Please join the fun as our skilled captains once again, fighting the usual strong westerly winds and unpredictable currents, attempt a Mediterranean style tie-up at the docks.

-Steve Kadzielawa, Chairperson

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