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The Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Cruise

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Royal Victoria Yacht Club has enjoyed attending SYC Opening Day for many years, our members have formed good friendships between the clubs and enjoyed the cruise with fellow members.  

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club group watches the weather closely as the date approaches, if all looks good to cross, we sail from RVYC to Port Townsend on the Monday following our Opening Day. The group clears customs and moors overnight at Point Hope. This little boat haven is protected by a pile breakwater and is home to the Wooden Boat Museum and their lovely flag ship Martha. The historic Port Townsend High Street and shops are fun to explore, and grocery store located up the hill for provisions and wonderful local ice cream. 

Day two 2 the group heads south down Puget Sound with the destination Port Madison. SYC has very kindly hosted both RVYC and Royal Vancouver Yacht Club at their lovely outstation. A social evening that night, with members from the three clubs.

Day three we leave Port Madison early for the short trip across to Shilshole and the Ballard Locks.

Day Four starts the festivities at SYC with a Ladies’ Lunch, Men's Lunch, visits to the famous Fisheries Supply and enjoying the lovely hospitality of SYC.  

Day five is the famous RVYC North of the Boarder party! But first, the optional formal Friday lunch at SYC, Commode Cup Race between the Commodores, and the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Mai Tai dock party.  The evening ends with dancing the night away in the upstairs bar.

Friday lunch always features a theme dessert. Last year was the Myths and Monsters year.

SYC impresses every year with wonderful decorations!

Day six, Sail Past day is like nothing you have ever seen. Impressive University crew rowing races follow the morning formal flag raising, recognizing all the clubs. Sail past is organized into many categories, RVYC has traditionally participated in both the Decorated Spirit group class and the Wilson Seamanship class. Much organizing happens between the members leading up to this day, practicing maneuvers and creating decorations to fit with the Opening Day theme.

Last year our group was successful in presenting a perfect routine for the Wilson Entry and we happily returned to the club with the cannon, this is proudly displayed in the Chartroom.

This is an adventure cruise with lots of social parties and all the wonderful pomp and ceremony of Opening Day!  

Posting submitted by: Tara Smith