A report from Seattle in the great Pacific Northwest! There has been stories of previous Opening Days before in WoodyBoater. This tradition was started by the Seattle Yacht Club started in 1913, with the first parade being in 1920… 100 years ago! Besides a full week of activities, it now involves crew racing, breakfasts, dinners, flag raising ceremonies, parties, dances, etc. all the things a proper yacht club should do to be an excellent host.
Our Pacific Northwest chapter of the ACBS has been participating in this celebration and parade for many, many years. The day before the parade, we even give free boat rides up and down the parade route, through the Montlake Cut, out to the log boom area where hundreds of boats are tied up, some wait for days for the crew races and parade. But not this year. The SYC did the right thing and cancelled this years themed parade of “Rock Around the Dock”,
Our governor has been very progressive in fighting this pandemic, and we are still under a “stay at home, stay safe” decree. For varying reasons, some boat ramps are closed, others not. Some families are “self isolating” on their boats, there is some activity with cruisers, except all marinas are closed, anchoring out is not.
Our past president Steve Snider, has been our Opening Day Chairman for a number of years, and asked some past participants if they would be interested in self isolating with signs at a certain day and time, at a certain place. Unofficially of course! And of course, with a new theme:
Stay safe, keep distancing, stay social!
A HUGE THANKS TO RON and the gang up and over there. This is a very creative way to keep it going. A sobering reminder that we can overcome all this with being smart and creative.