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Opening Day Boat Parade

Sunday, May 5, 2019

San Juan Island Yacht Club Opening Day Parade

A Community Afloat

Cinco de Mayo Style

Please join us for SJIYC’s annual Opening Day Boat Parade on Sunday, May 6, starting at 2:15 PM.  Entrants will gather near Shipyard Cove and parade their vessels in front of Spring Street Landing and past the Dignitary Boat and the Judges’ Review Boat to compete for prizes in one of five categories:  Theme, Traditional/Nautical, Classic Wooden Boat, Human Powered and Commercial.  There is no charge for registration and participation in the parade.

Boats are judged on the following criteria

Boat Handling—Maintains smooth, constant, approximate 3-4 knot speed and approximate 100-foot spacing behind boat ahead.


  • Theme Boats are judged on their creative interpretation of “A Community Afloat, Cinco de Mayo Style.”
  • Traditional/Nautical Boats are judged on their proper display of traditional signal flags.
  • Classic Wooden Boats are judged on their distinctive or restored condition.
  • Commercial Boats are judged on display of their “gear.”
  • Human Powered Craft are judged on their presentation and craft handling.

Crew—Crew will be judged on their costumes, uniforms, attire, theme-related antics, and precision of salutes.

Let’s see what fun boaters will conjure up this year!  

The Parade Awards Ceremony will be held at the San Juan Island Yacht Club at 4:30 PM. Boat parade participants, skippers and crews, are invited to stay for our Open House Pig Roast and Taco  Dinner ($15/person) after the awards ceremony, beginning at 5:30 PM 

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
Micheal J Henry
Special Events
Registration is required
By submitting this form you agree to the following:

As the skipper of my vessel participating in the Opening Day Parade on May 6, 2018, I agree to comply with the criteria established by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the rule of the United States Coast Guard and other rules of any organization or administration or administrative body having jurisdiction over this parade. I hereby release the San Juan Island Yacht Club, its officers, trustees and committee members from any and all liability for any injury to myself or my passenger(s), or damage to my vessel arising out of my conduct in this parade.

I recognize my responsibility for the safe conduct of my vessel, its equipment and any person aboard my vessel as well as the safety of all the other participants in this event. I understand the necessity of caution to avoid hazardous conflict with commercial ferry traffic, float planes or other boats and of maintaining a reasonable distance between vessels, before, during and after passing the Review Boat.

I am aware of the USCG rule to not approach within 100 yards of any Navy Vessel, Washington State Ferry or tank ship. I must operate at minimum speed within 500 yards of any of these vessel types and contact the vessels on VHF-FM channel 16 or 13 if I need to pass within 100 yards of these vessels in order to ensure a safe passage in accordance with the Navigation Rules
Registration cancellations will be accepted
No Fee