Thursday, April 29, 2010

Opening Day III

Finally the parade began and there were over 100 participants this year. A fine showing indeed. We had ringside seats because we were on the port side of the vessel. All the parade participants passed on the port side of the committee boat. We had a great time figuring out what boats we thought should win. There were some great entries. This years theme was 'Building Bridges' and it was interesting to see the different takes on this theme.

 The funniest one was an entrant with republicans on one side of the vessel and democrats on the other side of the vessel trying to work together to build a bridge. Uncle Sam was in the middle trying to direct them to no avail. They were all in costume too, which made it even funnier. The bridge was a total wreck as you might imagine. We all howled as it went by. It was a classic and it won in its category.

It was fun to watch the different yacht clubs that participated. We knew many yacht club members from all over northern California. This is what PICYA is all about...uniting the boating world in northern California. As the last boat went by we all prepared to have a sit down lunch. It has been a wonderful day so far and soon we'll know who won in each category and other surprises.

This vessel was the committee boat for the Opening Day on the Bay Boat Parade this past Sunday. The Vice Commodore, Linda Breninger was responsible for this event. To say it's a huge undertaking is putting it mildly. There were 205 passengers not counting the press. We boarded at 9:00am and our exciting day lasted until 4:15pm. Here's some information on the vessel we had the privilege to spend the day enjoying.
The California Hornblower is a historically designed replica of a late 1800's 174' Plumb Bow Classic Yacht. She was built by Moss Point Marine, Inc. located in Escatawpa, Mississippi in 1989 for Hornblower Cruises and Events to serve as a Dinner Cruise and Private Charter Yacht.

California Hornblower became the flagship yacht of the luxury fleet. The 183 foot yacht, has four decks and her three spacious salons feature full service bars, hardwood dance floors, brass, teak and mahogany appointments. Large windows that surround all the decks provide spectacular views for all guests on-board.

A full galley is on-board where all cuisine is prepared fresh for guests. She is U.S. Coast Guard Inspected as a Small Passenger Vessel, Sub Chapter K and is certified to carry 1,000 persons on inland waters, and 385 persons on Coastwise voyages.
Tomorrow: Part IV
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  1. California Hornblower looks like the grandpappy of the ship Al's grandson's wedding took place. It is still my favorite wedding that I have ever attended. The ship left port late morning. They had the wedding, dinner and reception all on board while the ship sailed around just offshore. We returned to port late afternoon. What fun, and so relaxing!

    Big hugs xo

  2. Sounds like a terrific time. The ship looks beautiful and instantly reminded me of the cute tour boats we take in the 1000 Islands. Though I am sure the Hornblowe is much bigger.

  3. Sounds like a great event! Wish we were there. =)

  4. wow i am impressed honey! and very proud of you being there and all you do!!! have a lovely summer on the "high seas" as i like to call any water i am currently floating upon! ha ha ha

    smiles, bee

  5. That is one big boat! Looks to have been one heck of a real nice day!

  6. It has been a great day for you! I have a glimpse of the grand show through your narration! have a great day!

  7. Wow... so impressive! A boat load of fun :)

  8. That would be quite a party boat! Love it. I'm enjoying this adventure very much. But you already know how much I love boats and water...and friends.

    Big hugs...

  9. Cool is simular to the GOODTIME3 that wh have here in Cleveland.That takes you on tours of the Lake and the Cuyahoga river.They have different functions,one of wich is the Dance cruise.

  10. The California Hornblower is quite spectacular looking. We went on a dinner cruise one time in Watkins Glenn Pennsylvania on a ship that looked similar to that but not quite so large and most likely not nearly as fancy. It was fun though

  11. Wow the vessel sounds amazing with the beautiful appointments in fine woods and brass. I bet the food was terrific also. Sounds like such a great time you're having. Good for you!!!!!!

  12. sandee happy happy 10th wedding anniversary to you! i am so happy for you. you are so blessed! ♥ ♥ ♥

  13. I would have loved to see the boat with the bickering Republicans and Democrats - I wonder if there are pictures on line somewhere?


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