In February hubby and I attended the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA) leadership conference at Benicia Yacht Club. These conferences are very important for those folks that are going through the chairs in their yacht clubs. During this conference hubby and I decided we would be silver sponsors for the PICYA Opening Day on the Bay boat parade. We wrote a check for $500 and never thought much about it after that. We had already sent in our RSVPs for seating on the committee boat for this years parade. This was our first year to participate in opening day.
Some weeks later we received a call from Linda Breninger, Vice Commodore of PICYA asking us if we would like to be seated at her table for the day. What an honor this was. Of course we said yes.
Several days later we heard from Linda Breninger again asking us if we would like to come to her husbands surprise birthday party at the Doubletree @ Berkeley Marina. Of course we would love to do this too. Since Dave likes a good Chardonnay we got him a nice bottle of Rombauer and a card.
Saturday afternoon hubby and I left home and traveled to the bay area. We checked into our hotel room around 3:30pm and then walked over to Encinal Yacht Club for a bite to eat. After that we ventured down to the docks to visit some friends that were decorating their boat for the annual Opening Day on the Bay boat parade. Another couple also attending Dave's surprise birthday party had their boat at Encinal YC and around 5:15 the four of us headed to the Doubletree Hotel in Berkeley.
By the time everyone showed up for cocktails there were 8 couples. Dave was indeed surprised and we all had a great dinner at the restaurant. It was a fun evening of great food and friendship that just happens when you get a bunch of boaters together. It was time to head back to our hotel and get some sleep as we were scheduled to leave the hotel at 8:00am sharp and head for pier 3 in San Francisco. To say this was exciting for us was an understatement, and the biggest thrills were yet to come.
Tomorrow: Opening Day on the Bay - Part II