The folks from the Pacific Northwest Chapter ACBS are best described as – Dedicated, Knowledgeable, Resourceful, Talented, Craftsman, Experienced, Energetic, Enthusiastic, Approachable, Accessible, Hospitable, Organized, Creative and best of all – They love to have fun as a group! – Texx
The Pacific Northwest Celebrates Opening Day 2014
Story by Ron Stevenson
Photos by Marsha Erickson & Ron Stevenson
Time again for the Opening Day Celebration in the Great Pacific Northwest, the ice has melted, wait — we don’t have ice… It was an unusual 82 degrees here on Wednesday, the start of Opening Day Week and of course our usual 61 degrees and rain showers on the Big Parade Day Saturday.
From the Seattle Yacht Club’s website, Opening Day celebration started over a hundred years ago in 1913, with the first parade being in 1920, when we still had covered wagons out here in the West.
As always, the Opening Day Parade starts at noon, the first Saturday in May, with the blast of a cannon and the raising of the Montlake Bridge. Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day has become the nation’s largest regional celebration of water, spring and the opening of boating season.
The boating season officially never ends in the Seattle area. It tapers off during the blustery, wet days of winter, but the faithful keep sailing and cruising. Opening Day, however, kicks off a busy spring and summer of boating for many avid boaters in the Seattle area.
Each year since 1959 there has been a theme, and it is up to you or your club to interpret the theme for your entry. The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the ACBS has been entering for thirty years. There are at least an alphabets worth of entry classes, and because trying to get runabouts through the parade is like herding cats, we choose the “Novelty Class”. Our woodies are novelties in themselves (isn’t that what she said?) and don’t lend themselves to heavy decorations.
“BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED”
And the wonderfully creative Marsha Erickson, with craftsman and Curmudgeon husband Curt, made the “wind-up keys” affixed to each craft. So after our ACBS Opening Dinner at the Center For Wooden Boats on south Lake Union in Seattle, and some snacky kinda breakfast grazing, we are ready to wind up our woodies!
The Parade starts at noon, after the Windermere Cup Crew Races through the Mountlake cut. Which BTW the Men lost and the Women won against Great Britain. The story here in the Seattle Times for those of you who wiggle your arms a lot and make motor noises in the little skinny woodies.
This years theme “Toys Ahoy” gave us the opportunity to have some fun with our classic boats. Here are some shots from in the Parade staging area with some of our 15 entries:
Our Pacific Northwest ACBS Chapter selects the best antique & classic boat from the event at our Friday night dinner, and the award is presented at the Seattle Yacht Clubs award presentation after the evening of the parade the next day.
Congratulations to Warren and Tracey Olson for “Best Antique & Classic Boat”. Warren did an amazing 5 year first time complete restoration of their 1955 19′ Chris-Craft Capri named “Blondie”.
All in all, a great week, full of many friends, many boats and many things to do, and the Pacific Northwest ACBS Chapter WON 3rd Place in the “Novelty Decorated Class!”
Thanks for the great report from Seattle Ron, you guys (and Gals) sure know how to celebrate! Stay tuned for another story from Ron Stevenson in the weeks to come, as the classic boating season kicks off for another year in the great Pacific Northwest.