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CaptionMore than 100 yacht clubs come together for the traditional decorated boat parade and opening-day parties - festivities that are equal measures goofy and patriotic. But this year's Blessing of the Pleasure Craft may hold special meaning for the 400 to 500 boats and more than 1 000 boaters expected. --- --- --- As morning sunlight creeps down the Golden Gate Bridge to Tiburon a multidenominational "God squad" organized by the Corinthian Yacht Club will spring into action. --- --- --- Opening Day goes back further to 1917. A coalition of clubs called the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association had been around for a couple of decades. But with the United States sliding into World War I that dark year an association member got the idea for yachts properly dressed with signal flags to "cruise in squadron" along the city front from Crissy Field. At noon a San Francisco fireboat will kick off the parade. It will be followed by historic vessels such as the 1943 Navy tug and fireboat Mazapeta then boats decorated to the American Spirit theme. Kid-decorated boats follow and dozens of other boats showing their pride. More than 120 boats in all presided over by grand marshal Capt. Jan Tiura the first female tugboat skipper on the bay. Association past Commodore George Neill has called it "absolutely indisputably the biggest best opening-day boat parade in the world." Get more info at www.picya.org --- --- --- U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Cynthia Stowe notified race organizations this week that she has placed a two-month halt on ocean racing outside San Francisco Bay while an independent safety review is conducted into the loss of Low Speed Chase. The decision affects the annual Duxship Race which was to take place Saturday and probably races in May and June to the Farallones Monterey Bay and Drakes Bay.
HeadlineAs the boating community works through the emotions and lessons from the April 14 2012 race deaths of 5 sailors racing too close to the Farallones;the 2012 95th annual Opening Day on the Bay and its American Spirit theme will be cause for celebration.
KeywordsPaul-Oliva sf-boats Golden-Gate Opening-Day-on-the-Bay
Copyright Noticesfgate.com /2012/04/28/ by Paul V. Oliva
Creditsfgate.com
Sourcepicya.org
URLhttp://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/28/DD7C1O9QC1.DTL

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