Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Opening Day II

We were up, showered, dressed, packed and ready to check out of our hotel by 7:15am. We moved our vehicle to the Encinal Yacht Club parking lot and waited for our driver to appear so we could head into the city. Soon we were on the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge and heading into San Francisco.

The weather was picture perfect. Not a cloud in the sky and it was warm. We pulled into the parking lot at pier 3 around 8:15am and found a spot very close to the California Hornblower. What a delight that was. Most of you that are in a big city know how much walking is done from your car to your destination most of the time.

We boarded the Hornblower and started folding program inserts. Then we placed the programs at each place setting. That was about it for work that morning. At 9:00am everyone started boarding the vessel as the departure time was 10:00am. There was a fabulous continental breakfast and two bars were open for those that wanted an adult beverage.

At 10:00am the vessel backed out and soon were were heading for Alcatraz Island, otherwise known as The Rock. We cruised around Alcatraz and then headed for the Golden Gate Bridge. Hubby and I decided that we had to go outside as we went under the bridge. The weather was great and the water was calm. It was the perfect day.

After we turned around and headed back under the Golden Gate Bridge we knew it was about time for the parade to start. The Hornblower headed for it's designated spot in the bay with a beautiful Coastguard Cutter off our port.

The 94th Annual "Opening Day on the Bay" Decorated Boat Parade, hosted by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA), representing over 100 yacht clubs in Northern California celebrated the official beginning of the a new boating season on San Francisco Bay. This year's theme was "Building Bridges."

The parade featured over 120 historic workboats, fireboats, Vessel Assist towboats, classic and contemporary craft decorated to the theme. There were both power and sail boats competing for best decoration honors.

Organized by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA) which was formed in San Francisco in 1896 to improve communications between yacht clubs, provide uniform racing rules, and encourage yachting. Today it is the only organization in Northern California that supports the promotion of recreational boating through the coordination and dissemination of information for the benefit of boaters. It publishes the Yachting Yearbook, the annual directory of member clubs and information, and created Recreational Boaters of California, a governmental advocacy organization committed to promoting the enjoyment, protections, and responsible use of our waterways. PICYA has coordinated Opening Day since 1917.
Tomorrow: Part III
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  1. sounds like a lovely time! i am so happy for you! enjoy every minute honey...

    smiles, bee

  2. Hell, I could have decorated my 14ft. pirouge with alligator and snake skins. Damn! Missed another opportunity.

  3. I am enjoying this adventure with you. What's not to love about boats, water and parades?!

    Big hugs...

  4. Sounds like you had a great time. Glad to hear weather cooperated

  5. What a grand day it's shaping up to be!

    You wouldn't want to live in Georgia. It's mostly land-locked, except for that little strip south of Savannah... of course, I love Savannah! It's one of my favorite cities!

  6. I am enjoying your story.

    Big Hugs


  7. Wowww.. Pictures Pictures, We Want Pictures !!!

  8. The only time I've been on the water in San Francisco Bay was to take the ferry from Fisherman's Wharf over to Alcatraz and just that small jaunt had my stomach in knots due to the currents in the bay. Obviously you are a MUCH better sailor than I will ever be but at least having been on the bay that once, I know how beautiful it is.

    Looking forward to Part III but I guess it will be delayed as I won't be able to get to it until after my 16-hour shift tomorrow. Rats! Guess I'll just have to be patient!

  9. Pictures, pictures - when do we see the pictures?. Some of us have never been in that part of the world and we want to see!

  10. This sounds grand!!! You know I'm a water baby...
    I'm also happy to hear there's still something good in San Fran!

  11. What a great time you had and that is terrific. Makes me want to get on a boat. The parade sounds wonderful. This is fun hearing about your adventures.

  12. sounds like something I would enjoy seeing in person.


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