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Deanna Desin, PICYA, 415-608-2639,

"Opening Day on the Bay" Sunday April 29

Marks the Official Start of San Francisco's 2012 Boating Season

Photo Caption: The Parade Theme for 2012 is "American Spirit".
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WHEN: Sunday April 29, 2012, from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m.

WHAT: The 95th Annual “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 2012 boating season on San Francisco Bay. This year’s theme is “American Spirit,” celebrating the many people and things that have made San Francisco so unique. Retired Captain Jan Tiura, the first female tugboat skipper on the Bay, is this year’s Grand Marshal. There are six trophies up for grabs.

The parade will feature over 120 historic workboats, fireboats, towboats, classic and contemporary craft decorated to the theme. There will be both power and sail boats competing for best decoration honors.

The occasion will be a unique opportunity to see these special boats, sailing close to shore where land-based spectators can enjoy the event. This is an event for the whole family to enjoy, learn about boating and to get excited for the America's Cup #34 to be held in San Francisco in 2013.

WHERE: On Foot: The boats on parade can be viewed by the public along the San Francisco waterfront from Crissy Field, which is west of the Marina Green, to Pier 39, from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m.

By Boat: Those seeking a closer view of the decorated boats can join the Officers, Directors and guests of PICYA on the California Hornblower, one of the Hornblower’s largest yachts on San Francisco Bay, with a light breakfast and a gourmet lunch. This yacht event is open to the public. Contact: Deanna Desin, (415) 608-2639, for reservations.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: A press boat is available for members of the media interested in covering the parade on the water; this boat will be on the water moving throughout the parade route, providing excellent photo opportunities.

WHO: Organized by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA), which was formed in San Francisco in 1896 to improve communications between yacht clubs, provide uniform racing rules, and encourage yachting. Today, PICYA is the only organization in Northern California that supports the promotion of recreational boating through the coordination and dissemination of information for the benefit of boaters. It publishes the Yachting Yearbook, the annual directory of member clubs and information, and also created the governmental advocacy organization committed to promoting the enjoyment, protection, and responsible use of our waterways, Recreational Boaters of California. See PICYA has coordinated Opening Day since 1917.

A major sponsor for the past ten years is Boat Owners Association of The United States, (BoatUS), the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters with a wide array of consumer services. Visit for more information.

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