That delightful time of year known as boating season has arrived. You’ll know when it has too, because the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association will be hosting its 94th annual “Opening Day on the Bay,” marking the official start of the season. Come April 25, 100 of northern California’s yacht clubs will be represented on San Francisco Bay to celebrate.
The year’s theme is, “Building Bridges,” in which both power and sailboats will be competing for the honor of the best decorated boat. These boats will be on display from Crissy Field (west of the Marina Green) to Pier 39 from noon until 3 p.m. In total, there will be about 120 historic workboats, fireboats, vessel assist towboats, classic and contemporary craft decorated to match the theme.
There is a free viewing open to the public that is considered a spectacular family event; however, for those boating enthusiasts who seek something more traditionally nautical, join the PICYA officers, directors and other guests for a light breakfast and gourmet lunch aboard the Californian, one of the largest yachts on the Bay.
This is definitely not the first time PICYA has taken up the task of coordinating opening day. They’ve been hosting the event since 1917, and PICYA itself was formed in 1896 to set a standard for yachting and boat racing. It’s become quite the cultural event to attend, so make your plans and report back here.