Seattle considers itself the boating capital of the world. And it should be, with 200 miles of shoreline on Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Lake Union and Green Lake. If you need proof, come to the Opening Day of Boating Season on Saturday, May 3rd. An annual tradition since 1920, the festival is sponsored by the Seattle Yacht Club, with a 2008 theme of “A Three Ring Circus.” The highlights of the day are the Windermere Cup crew races, which pit the University of Washington crew against crews from Australia, Poland, and the U.S. Naval Academy, and the Grand Parade, in which over 100 boats and yachts, many decorated, make a procession through the Ship Canal from Portage Bay to Lake Washington. Boaters can tie up to the log boom, while landlubbers line the shores of the Montlake Cut to watch the action. Also on the agenda for the day are a dragon boat exhibition race, a U.S. Navy band concert, and a U.S. Army drill platoon performance.
To help you get on the water yourself this summer, there are local organizations for every kind of boater – Seattle Yacht Club and Queen City Yacht Club, Seattle Sailing Club and Sail Sand Point, Lake Union Crew Rowing Club and Lake Washington Rowing Club, Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club and Washington Kayak Club, and for traditionalists, the Center for Wooden Boats. Look for my wife and I to be renting canoes from the University Continue reading “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”