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Media Alert: "Opening Day on the Bay" Sunday April 28

Marks the Official Start of San Francisco's 2013 Boating Season

WHEN: Sunday April 28, 2013, from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m.

WHAT: The 96th 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 2013 boating season on San Francisco Bay. This year’s theme is “The Great Race” and BoatUS Founder and Chairman Richard Schwartz 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 later this summer.

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: Lenora Clark, (925) 783-7660, for reservations.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: The press is invited aboard the California Hornblower to cover the parade on the water. Moving throughout the parade route, it will provide excellent photo opportunities.

WHO: Organized by 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 Recreational Boaters of California, the governmental advocacy organization committed to promoting the enjoyment, protection and responsible use of our waterways. See PICYA has coordinated Opening Day since 1917.

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