The 77th Annual South Bay Opening Day
Boating Festival and Decorated Boat Parade
May 1, 2, & 3 2015
The public is invited to join the yacht clubs and boating organizations of the South Bay and the Port of Redwood City for the 2015 South Bay Opening Day. This year’s theme is “Pirates of the South Bay”
SBOD Festival events will begin Friday evening May 1st with a wonderful dinner at San Leandro YC and close Sunday morning May 3rd with a Gin Fizz Brunch at the historic South Bay YC. There will be lots of great exhibits, water activities and other tasty dining options to fill your weekend. All activities (other than meals and libations) are free to the public. Come and experience the unique resource we have in our own Redwood Creek and the fun activities around the adjacent port facilities. Join with other yacht clubs and boating organizations in decorating, parading and having fun. Yacht club participants will each receive PICYA Coty points.
All those with Sailboats, Powerboats, Jet Ski’s, Canoes and Kayaks are invited to participate in the parade in support of this community event. Organizations are encouraged to participate by sponsoring a youth group or youth program. Register your boat now!
The highlight of the weekend will start on Saturday after 10:30 am line up for the parade. The Opening Day Decorated Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet will take place at the observation deck of the Port of Redwood City at 11 am. Spectators will vote for their favorite decorated boat to determine who will receive the coveted “Spectators Choice Award”. Enjoy the many exhibits in the Sequoia YC parking lot area Saturday, including booths by the Marine Science Institute, Police and Fire departments, West Marine, Dock-walkers, Power Squadron, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Our Grand Marshall this year is Captain Gregory Stump, Commander Coast Guard Sector San Francisco.
If you or your organization would like to participate with a free booth, please contact the SBOD we would love to include you in the festivities. Donations too are welcome and tax deductible.
Water activities also include; Coast Guard cutter Friday evening and Saturday, Rowing club and Kayaking demos, and the Sea and Mariner Scouts.
After the boat parade check out the booths and music as we wait the judge’s decisions and the exciting awards ceremony. Door prizes will be handed out too during your lunch at Sequoia YC. Free van shuttle to and from West Point marina to Sequoia YC lunch and Peninsula YC for Dinner. Call Judi 510-449-1618 or email
Dinner at San Leandro Yacht Club
Sequoia YC’s guest dock and Redwood City marina , Port Captain James Brown (408) 893 8986 or email
Mark at WestPoint Marina 650-2243250, www.westpointharbor.com.
Be sure to contact each ASAP for slip availability and arrival instructions (free or reduced rates if with SBOD, ask them).
08:00 - 10:00 am Breakfast Sequoia Yacht Club
10:30 am Decorated Boat Parade participants assemble in Redwood Creek
10:30 am - 3:00 pm Fun and Educational exhibits open
10:55 am Decorated Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet begins
12:00 Lunch Sequoia Yacht Club
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Band playing
1:00 pm Decorated Boat Parade Awards presentation at Sequoia YC
5:30 pm Dinner Peninsula Yacht Club
8:30 - 10:30 am Gin Fizz brunch South Bay Yacht Club
11:00 am Annual historic photo
For dinners at San Leandro YC and Peninsula YC make reservation on your entry application or phone the appropriate Yacht Club and leave your name and reservation on their answering machine by Wednesday, April 28th to guarantee your spot. Don’t be late or you may go hungry. There may be bands playing at all meals, we’ll keep you posted.