"Ocean Crossings" -- The Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day of Boating Parade - Saturday, May 5

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Happy Spring!, local NW Amphicar Owners and Enthusiasts! It is approaching THAT time again.

As we begin post-winter vehicle preparation for another year of swimming and fun, it is just 6-1/2 weeks now until the annual Opening Day extravaganza. I have signed up an Amphicar “fleet” for the "Spirit Class" (although only a “flotilla of 1”, we won 1st Place last year!!) and will be making the trek down to the Seattle Yacht Club (SYC) on Thursday, May 3th to finalize it all and to pick up our boat parade numbers. HERE is the SYC Opening Day website.

If you are an owner, local or would just like to join the fun, please arrive at the Gasworks Park parking lot off of Northlake Way about 11:00 Saturday morning (May 5) where we can gather, meet the natives, chat, and apply our parade numbers. About 11:40 we will head to the Puget Sound Yacht Club/Seattle Marina ramp to launch, (harass the Duck Tours), and swim under the I-5 & Eastlake bridges into the Portage Bay staging area. It is usually a couple of hour wait while we “swim with the big boys” & our eclectic little cars impress the multi-thousand dollar yachts and stop traffic on 520!

We then make the run through the Montlake Cut into Lake Washington to the cheer of the crowds, along the boats tethered to the log-booms, finally around the northerly log-boom and back to the Husky Stadium area until the fireboat passes and the Seattle Police let us be first to head back the way we came. Weather & interest dependent, we can cruise across Lake Union to the swanky Eastlake area, or just back to the ramp and down the road to Ivar's Salmon House/Fish Bar for fish & chips or a no-host group dinner & libations! Even if you cannot swim, please meet us at Ivars!!

With luck the weather should be fantastic again this year so we are hoping for a good turnout, including each of you!

Please pass this information onto anyone who may be interested!

Keep those fins up,
-- Larry, Nancy Solheim & Amphi