Monday, July 28, 2014

I Sea You

Boating season is upon us once more

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We curse the water when it falls from the sky, but we love it on May 4th. That's opening day for boat season, when Seattleites get their watercraft out of drydock and onto the waves.

This whole weekend's full of aquatic revelry. Here's a quick guide to set your sails by, whether or not you have a boat.

Pregame
Polish up your sailing skills with a class at Seattle Sail & Power Squadron, a local nonprofit that offers education at all levels of nautical experience, from lousy landlubber to seasoned captain. Or drop in at the Seattle Singles Yacht Club to mix and mingle with other boat owners and maybe find a first mate for the weekend.

Friday
The regional yacht clubs come to town to flex their winch-grinding muscles then celebrate at Seattle Yacht Club, where at 2:30p the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club hosts a Mai Tai party on Dock 2. The Royal Victoria Yacht Club has their own party at 4 on Dock Zero.
1807 E. Hamlin, Montlake (206-325-1000)

Saturday
The big day begins when the Windermere Cup pits college crew teams from Dartmouth and Cornell against hometown UW men and women starting at 10:20a. 

Then the ceremonial boat parade starts at noon with the blast of a cannon and the opening of the Montlake Bridge. More than 200 boats are predicted to participate, decked out in Hawaiian regalia to fit this year's theme.

If you're watching from land, camp out anywhere on the shore of the Montlake Cut. On the water, dock on the log boom at the north exit of the Montlake Cut, or the moorage near Foster Island.

Sunday
End the weekend at high noon at the annual Mark Mayer regatta, a casual race around the buoys on Lake Washington. After the event, there's a light-hearted awards ceremony and Cinco de Mayo party at the Seattle Yacht Club. 
1807 E. Hamlin, Montlake (206-325-1000)

Opening Day 2013

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