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Opening Day Crew Races and Parade

Opening Day 2014 Boat Parade

Opening Day 2014 Boat Parade

Opening Day is this Saturday, May 2 and we hope you’ll join us to celebrate the beginning of boating season and to cheer on hundreds of rowers – including the Huskies and many of our patients going for gold medal health!

This FREE event sponsored by the Seattle Yacht Club and Windermere Real Estate and you can bring the whole family to enjoy. The crew races kick off at 10:20am with a new race starting every two minutes. The University of Washington is racing against New Zealand so join us in wearing your purple.  At noon, all the rowers paddle back through the Montlake Cut and the boat parade begins with the yachts decorated in the theme of “Myths & Monsters.”

Festivities for the Entire Family

This yearly event is certainly a family affair! Yacht owners get creative in decorating their boats for the festivities and parade, with residents spreading blankets on the shoreline and spending hours watching, cheering and picnicking. And let’s not forget all the wonderful photo ops! Here are some of the festivities planned:

  • A morning of crew races, featuring hundreds of rowers (Go DAWGS! and good luck to all our patients participating as well)
  • A sailboat race
  • A spectacular water parade that starts with the blast of a cannon and the raising of the Montlake Bridge
  • The UW marching band
  • Food vendors – Yum!

We will be bringing our family to take in the racing and hope to watch from the Stewards Enclosure at the finish line. We hope to see you there!  For more information, like where to park and an official schedule of events, visit 

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