- Northern California
The 96th 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 2013 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 the "Great Race" in celebration of the America's Cup Races #34 to take place this summer on the Bay. Founder and CEO of BoatUS, Richard Schwartz, is this year's Grand Marshall. Boat/US has been one of the major sponsors of the Opening Day parade for the past 10 years.