Boating season is nearly upon us! Opening Day includes a celebration of many kinds of water activities sponsored by the Seattle Yacht club. This year’s festivities will include a morning of crew races, a sailboat race, and, of course, the grand Opening Day boat parade on Saturday, May 5, 2012.
From its earliest days Seattle has celebrated important occasions with water festivities. From the Seattle Yacht Club’s website:
One particularly notable early celebration was scheduled for the Fourth of July, 1895. The papers reported that the Elliott Bay Yacht Club, the forerunner of the Seattle Yacht Club, held a regatta including several classes of boats in Elliott Bay. The grand climax was to be an illuminated naval parade at 9:00 p.m. on the bay followed by a naval sham battle. The Post Intelligencer described the scheduled events: ” . . .a monitor is to be bombarded and then blown up. . . The parade will consist of two lines of yachts, brilliantly illuminated with Japanese lanterns and armed with Roman candles instead of cannons. The monitor will run the gauntlet, spitting red and blue balls at the fleet, which in return will bombard the monitor until her magazine catches fire and she blows up, throwing out myriads of stars, balls and rockets.” Alas, the wind was too great for the event, extinguishing the candles, and the yachtsman and spectators went home disappointed.
Hopefully, this year won’t offer the same disappointment! We’re excited to launch a nautically-themed month in the store, with some unique accessories celebrating ocean and sea life. You can read more about it in our newsletter. Sign up for it here. See you on the water!