RVYC Sea of Lights - Lighted Ship Parade
On Friday, December 2nd thirteen boats and two paddle boarders doned their festive lights and decked their hulls with twinkling stars, flashing trees, and inflatable snowmen. The group set sail at about 6:30 pm from the RVYC marina and headed out past Cattle Point then to Willows Beach where a large crowd had gathered to watch the annual parade of lit up boats. After Willows, the group headed back to Cadboro Bay where they dazzled onlookers from Gyro Park with their lights and music as well.
Oak Bay Fire created a giant, and very warming, bonfire on the beach at Willows and the Oak Bay Kiwanis served Hot Chocolate and cookies out of the Oak Bay Tea Room by donation. RVYC set up a boat in the parking lot where we played Christmas music for all the hear. At Gyro Park the Salvation Army and the Gary Oak Sea Scouts served Hot Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate by donation of money or non-perishable food items as well.
The boats arrived right on time at Willows Beach, around 7:30 pm and entertained us with a very graceful group pirouette, and one boat even honked their horn to the tune of jingle bells!
Mayor Nils Jensen and Commodore Gordon Wilkinson judged the parade, aboard Resonance, Roger Palmer's boat and the Naval Reserve Caribou 57 lead the pack to and from Willows. When the parade was over, everyone headed back to the clubhouse to enjoy a delicious Sheppard's Pie dinner prepared by Chef Andrew Dickinson. Prizes were also handed out to every participant, which were donated by our local businesses.
Thank you to everyone involved, it was another success! To take a look at the full list of donors and event sponsors, click here.