The log boom is on the northern boundary of the parade route. Note that additional moorage is available on the south side of the parade route near Foster Island.
The log boom is provided by the Seattle Yacht Club and the University of Washington. You use it at your own risk. Neither the Seattle Yacht Club nor the University of Washington are responsible for any injury or damage claims.
Please use good nautical practices and judgment when maneuvering and mooring. Pay attention to weather conditions, and help your fellow boaters.
This is a volunteer effort. If all goes well, the log boom will be installed the Thursday before Opening Day, and removed the Monday following.
Log boom moorage is "first come, first served" for the north side. Those that donate in advance will be assured a place on the log boom if they arrive before 8am on Saturday. You can show support by making a donation when asked if you haven't done so already.
You may save a spot for your buddy who is a few minutes behind you, but DO NOT try to reserve multiple spots. Please welcome your neighbors, you will meet some great boaters.
Please respect the clearly marked area on the West (shore) end of the log boom reserved for University of Washington VIPs. No watercraft may cross or be on the parade route while it is closed
The parade route closes at 9:40am and does not reopen until the SYC Marshall Boats announce the parade route has reopended, which will be around 2:30pm.
Opening Day, the official
opening of Seattle's boating
season sponsored by the
Seattle Yacht Club, includes
a celebration of many kinds
of water activities. Festivities
will include a morning of crew
races, a sailboat race, and of
course, the Grand Opening
Day Boat Parade on Saturday.
As always, the Opening Day
Parade starts at noon the first Saturday in May with the blast of a cannon and the raising of the Montlake Bridge. Seattle Yacht Club's Opening Day has become the nation's largest regional celebration of water, spring, and the opening of boating season. Participating yachts will be decorated to illustrate the 2015 theme for Opening Day, "Myths & Monsters".
Opening Day in Seattle is a family affair; families decorate their boats for the festivities and parades; spread blankets on the shoreline and spend hours watching and picnicking. Families dream of the boats they someday will own.
Opening Day offers some outstanding photo and story opportunities. You'll not find anything like it in the U.S. or to our knowledge, in the world. The only thing comparable is an annual parade of commercial vessels in Venice, Italy.
Final score from the 29th annual Windermere Cup Saturday on Montlake Cut: One win, one loss and two upbeat coaches.
On a beautiful, sunny, periodically breezy day in the low 60s, the New Zealand men’s national team, winner of the past two under-23 World Championships, surprised no one by defeating the Washington varsity eight in the marquee event of the 21-race regatta, winning in 5 minutes 43.4 seconds, seven seats ahead of the Huskies (5:45.8).
Meanwhile, UW’s women’s varsity eight battled back from a boat-length deficit to overcome Virginia in the top women’s race by eight seats, 6:29.6 to 6:32.9.
One week after the Washington men, the four-time Intercollegiate Rowing Association national champion, lost their first collegiate race in five years to archrival California, coach Michael Callahan was pleased by the resolve his V8 crew showed against a seasoned international competitor that has Olympic aspirations.
“If there were moral victories, I guess this is one of them,” Callahan said with a smile. “Even at the boat meeting last night, everyone was like, ‘We know how good they are, but it’s about how we’re rowing.’ That was the theme of the whole week. Everyone feels really strong about the effort today.”
In the women’s race, pairing the varsity eights of third-ranked Virginia and No. 4 UW, Virginia led by a length at midrace but could not withstand a fast, determined finish by Washington, which won its eighth straight Windermere Cup.
“Our team made big, big changes this week and we just absolutely nailed the changes during our race,” said Sarah Dougherty, a junior from Kentlake who rows in the sixth seat of UW’s V8.” View full story at the Seattle Times.