'17 Opening Day on the Bay



Participate in the Parade:

For 100 years, according to the Yachting Registry, PICYA has opened the yachting season with a parade of boats large and small.  Opening Day on the Bay will be Sunday, April 23, 2017, with a decorated parade. The theme for this year’s parade is “Cruising the Century”. Showcasing historic moments of all kinds: Nautical, Technology, Science, Historic Figures and more. This will be a spectacular day to participate in the parade.

Decorate your boat and participate on the water (No fee to participate in the parade)

Online Parade Registration

Parade Registration Form (PDF)

Preliminary Skipper's Instructions

Preliminary Parade Route

We are pleased to announce this year's Grand Marshal for the 100th Opening Day on the Bay. Lieutenant Colonel John Morrow, the 54th Commander and District Engineer of the San Francisco District (United States Army Corps of Engineers}

LTC John Morrow


Opening Day Presentation:

Opening Day 2017 Presentation

Take a Cruise:

Come aboard our committee boat for a beautiful cruise on the bay!

Join the Officers and Directors of PICYA for the 100th Annual Opening Day Cruise on the Hornblower. She provides spectacular views of the parade and beautiful San Francisco Bay. During our cruise we will enjoy a fabulous served sit-down lunch with a no host bar and a front row view of the parade.  You do not have to be a yacht club member to attend.


  • Boarding: 0830 hours returning at 1445 (8:30am-2:45pm)
  • Depart: Pier 3, "Hornblower Landing"San Francisco
  • (2 piers north of the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero)
  •  Limited parking:  available on the pier for $10 (mention PICYA)


The "Opening Day on the Bay" Decorated Boat Parade, hosted by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA), representing over 100 yacht clubs in Northern California celebrates the official beginning of the 2017 boating season on San Francisco Bay.


This year's theme is "Cruising the CenturyThe parade will feature over 100  historic workboats, fireboats, tow boats, classic and contemporary craft decorated to the theme. There will be both power and sailboats competing for best decoration honors.


$85 Adults/$40 Children (2-12) before 4/17/17 

Includes:  Continental Breakfast and Sit down Gourmet Lunch


To Pay by Check:

Download Registration Form Here

To Pay Online:


Price DEADLINE 4/17/2017
Lunch Choice
Name and Yacht Club/Assoc.
Phone Number & E-mail


Order Your Opening Day Apparel:

We have a limited supply of Opening Day Apparel you can order for this historic event. For ordering Information please [Click Here]

Sponsorship Opportunities:

We are seeking businesses to participate in financial sponsorship and item donations for the parade participants. We distribute event posters throughout  the  Bay and Delta. We publish, The Yachting Yearbook and our website is www.picya.org  which has links with our sponsors.  There are opportunities to fly flags and banners from the committee boat.  Your support and involvement will be recognized at our other events during  the year such as our conferences, meetings, Regattas for youth and adults, scholarships presentations and The Wheelchair Regatta, where wheelchair bound veterans are taken out for a day on the Bay to enjoy boat rides and a BBQ lunch. For more information contact Lenora Clark

Details on Sponosorship Packages