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Opening Day Boat Parade

Sunday, May 5, 2024

San Juan Island Yacht Club Opening Day Parade and  Brunch

"San Juan Island Rocks"
Grand Marshall Kim Miller

Please join us for SJIYC’s annual Opening Day Boat Parade on Sunday, May 5, starting at 2:15 PM.  Featuring Grand Marshall Kim Miller

Entrants will gather near Shipyard Cove and parade their vessels in front of Spring Street Landing and past the Dignitary Boat and the Judges’ Review Boat to compete for prizes in one of five categories:  Theme, Traditional/Nautical, Classic Wooden Boat, Human Powered and Commercial.  There is no charge for registration and participation in the parade.

Boats are judged on the following criteria

Boat Handling—Maintains smooth, constant, approximate 3-4 knot speed and approximate 100-foot spacing behind boat ahead.


  • Theme Boats are judged on their creative interpretation of “San Juan Island Rocks"
  • Traditional/Nautical Boats are judged on their proper display of traditional signal flags.
  • Classic Wooden Boats are judged on their distinctive or restored condition.
  • Commercial Boats are judged on display of their “gear.”
  • Human Powered Craft are judged on their presentation and craft handling.

Crew—Crew will be judged on their costumes, uniforms, attire, theme-related antics, and precision of salutes.

Let’s see what fun boaters will conjure up this year!  


Sunday, May 05, 2024, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Port of Friday Harbor

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Lee Kirby
Special Events
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee