The atmosphere around the Marina was full of enthusiasm and excitement for the upcoming boating season. The boats were adorned with flags and the sun glistened on the water. Children, adults, and dogs alike were enjoying the great weather – you just can’t beat 73 degree weather in early May.
The ceremony kicked off as bagpipes played and the Port Ludlow Yacht Club members filed in around the Marina Pavilion. “Amazing Grace” played on the bagpipes and between the music and beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains and the Marina, I know I wasn’t the only one with tears in my eyes.
The Port Ludlow Yacht Club recognized members who have crossed the bar and introduced new members and their boats. Each new yacht club member was gifted champagne to christen their boats. After the flags were raised, past and present Commodores and Yacht Club Officers were recognized, and the cannon was fired – it was time to go down to the docks.
Each new yacht club member and their boat were inducted with a champagne toast and champagne was poured on the boats to acknowledge their debut.
The Commodore anchored his boat in the middle of Port Ludlow Bay as boats left their slips and made their way around the Marina to the Commodore. From the Totem Pole at Burner Point to picnic tables at the Marina residents, guests, and fellow boaters enjoyed watching the parade of boats.
The Opening Day ceremony was filled with tradition and excitement for the upcoming boating season, we hope to see you out on the water soon.
The Marina can accommodate boats up to 200′ with amenities including 30/50 amp shore power, ValTech Marine Fuel, and stationary and portable pump-out services.
The Port Ludlow Yacht Club currently has approximately 150 members who participate in cruise, race, and social functions yearly. In addition to joining the Port Ludlow boating community including social events and access to the Club’s “Wreck Room”, you also receive reciprocal moorage in over 100 yacht clubs in Washington, Oregon, California, and Canada.
Written by: Kaitlin Chester