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SBOD Committee Chairman
by John Mattis (JSMattis [at]
Wednesday Mar 3rd, 2004 7:23 AM
South Bay Opening Day-Sat. April 3, 2004
We would love to have you join us! Donations for Prizes would be greatly appreciated. If you'd like to have an information booth at our Trailer Boat show, please contact Karrie Allen at: For Other InformationContact: John Mattis 408-739-7812 JSMattis SPECIAL ADDED ATTRACTIONS FOR THE 2004 SOUTH BAY OPENING DAY BOATING FESTIVITIES SLATED FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2004 MARCH 1, 2004 Redwood City, California The 66th Annual South Bay Opening Day will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2004. Organized by south bay yacht clubs in conjunction with the Port of Redwood City, 2004, this year’s event will celebrate the theme “Bridge to the Future”, honoring our youth. The festivities will take place in the Port of Redwood City and Redwood Creek turning basin. There are several new attractions this year. The FREE on-water events begins with the arrival of the USS Potomac (Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential yacht) at 9:30 AM, followed at 10:00 AM with outrigger, rowing shell races, a youth sailing regatta and a parade of Law Enforcement Vessels. These will be followed immediately with the blessing of the fleet and decorated boat parade. Nearly 200 boats are expected to participate this year, and awards will be given for both theme boats and for “flags and pennants” categories. Anyone or organization is welcome participate in the events . Two new awards, which will be presented for the first time, have been established for Youth entries. The first is for flags and pennants. The Ward Cleaveland Trophy will be gifted to the South Bay Opening Day Committee by the International Order of the Blue Gavel District 14, the local association of San Francisco Yacht Club Past Commodores, to honor their first Director, Ward Cleaveland. Ward Cleveland, a local Boating Icon, passed away in February. Students from Kennedy Middle School, Redwood Freshman Class and Redeemer Middle School shall participate by decorating and sailing on three sailboats provided by the Sequoia Yacht Club, and the San Jose Boy Scouts will be using the San Jose Sailing Club’s boats. The competition is open to all schools, youth and youth-sponsored organizations, as well as individual youth. Through the generosity of sponsors, a special cruise has been arranged aboard the USS Potomac down the San Francisco Bay to Redwood City for the South Bay Opening Day, marking the “official” start of San Francisco South Bay's 2004 boating season. The USS Potomac will be sailing from Jack London Square at 7:30 AM to arrive at the Port of Redwood City to start the festivities. The USS Potomac will depart for its return trip at 4:30 PM. The Cruise is open to the public. Tickets are: Roundtrip @ $60 per person, $30 for a one-way trip. Contact Ticket Web at or call (866) 468-3399. For more information or reservations for groups of 20 persons or more call (510) 627-1215. The Potomac will be at the pier (F Dock) at the Port of Redwood City from 9:30am and will be available for dockside tours all day at a cost of $5 for adults, $3 for those over 60, and FREE for anyone under 18. For more USS Potomac information: Other post-parade activities will include the US Coast Guard Helicopter doing a water rescue demonstration, the Trailer Boat Show with both sail and power boats on display, wonderful booths, lunch, outdoor music provided by the Capo Bros, model boat races, boat demonstrations, and a 2 PM awards ceremony at Sequoia Yacht Club. All festivities are free (except for the meals and Potomac tour) and open to the public. The day’s events conclude with dinner and dancing at Peninsula Yacht Club, also located in Redwood City. So Bay Yacht Club will be hosting a Sunday Brunch. Coyote Point Yacht Club is also planning a wonderful event for a Friday night dinner. SO, COME ON DOWN & join in making this a truly great South-of the Bridge Event. Registration information for all events, Sponsorship information, Trailer Boat Show booth information,, as well as a complete schedule of this year’s festivities. A special Press Boat will be available. Information is available at the SBOD web site: or you and/or your representative t may contact John Mattis, Chairman, at 1-408-739-7812 or for any inquiries.
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