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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
Port of Friday Harbor

Micheal J Henry
Special Events
Registration is required
No Fee