Opening Day 2017, the official Seattle boating season kick off sponsored and presented by Seattle Yacht Club. Our Pacific Northwest has the largest opening day of boating season in the USA. Opening day includes celebrations of all kinds of water activities and a wild, fun log boom that is first come first serve for yachts and boats to raft up. Festivities will include a morning of crew races lead by UW Husky rowing teams, a sailboat race, and the grand Opening Day boat parade on Saturday, May 6, 2017. This year the Opening Day theme is: Emerald City Aahs!
The Opening Day parade first launched through the Montlake Cut in 1920 shortly after the Seattle Yacht Club moved to its new and current location in Portage Bay, Seattle. Spectators, friends and families lined both sides of the Montlake Cut to view the 25 or 30 boats as they paraded by, flying their dress flags. Racing boats finished the celebration with a regatta in Lake Washington sponsored by the Queen City Yacht Club. Seattle’s Opening Day Parade and Regatta has since become a spring Pacific Northwest tradition; it has survived the war years. It’s important to note Opening Day 1946, was the biggest and most festive ever, nationwide. Seattle boaters take full advantage of every Opening Day boating season launch.
Dock Zero Registration
Due to space limitations, Dock Zero will be limited to invited guests and Parade participants. For questions on Dock Zero, please contact the SYC Opening Day Moorage Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parade Participants may register for Dock 0 upon completion of Parade Entry registration. Fleet participants must register individually if Dock 0 moorage is desired.
Parade entrants desiring Dock Zero moorage must register before April 20, 2017
Seattle Yacht Club Guest/Visitor Pre-Registration
Fill out the visitor pre-registration form before arriving at the club, saves lots of time and no lines!
Parade Registration – Single Boat
Open – Closes April 27, 2017
Parade Registration – Fleet
Open – Closes April 27, 2017
Opening Day Periods, 2017: Permitted Anchorage Areas – In furtherance of the responsibility to protect life and property on the waters and waterways.
Opening Day of Boating Season Parade – Presented by Seattle Yacht Club
Designated Anchorage Area:
The waters along the south side of the Lake Washington Ship canal from the east end of the Mountlake cut to the East terminus of the Lake Washington Ship canal (approximately Webster Point).
This regulation will be in effect from Noon (1200 hours) on Wednesday May 3, 2017 though Noon (1200 hours) on Sunday May 7, 2017.
University of Washington, UW Huskies and Windermere Real Estate are excited to host this annual Windermere Cup races to be held in May 2017, on Lake Washington. Crew races are held as part of the celebration of Seattle’s Opening Day of Boating Season and are followed by the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade. More than 800 rowers compete in this prestigious event, which culminates with the women’s and men’s Windermere Cup races.
Crew racing fans are invited to join the regatta champions for an awards ceremony and presentation of the Windermere Cup Trophy on the stage located near the video board on the NW side of the Montlake Cut, near the finish line.
Log Boom: The University of Washington manages the 3,000 ft. plus log boom that lines the course for the Windermere Cup. In order to ensure your spot, go to the log boom 2017 site application. Thank you to our maritime NW community and boating community for your support of the Windermere Cup and Opening Day in Seattle. Participation by all boaters is imperative to keeping moorage for this community event solely by donation. Tie up on the log boom, plan ahead, have fun and be safe by responsible boating practices!
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