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Alamedans Help Open Boating Season

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Alameda boaters and lots of other Bay Area sailing enthusiasts are expected to head out on the water tomorrow, Sunday, May 1, for Opening Day 2011 on San Francisco Bay.

The 94th-annual festivities run from 12 to 3 p.m. and are sponsored by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association.

Special activities include a decorated boat parade. This year’s theme is Giants of the Bay, celebrating the many people and things that have made San Francisco so unique.

The parade is expected to feature over 120 historic workboats, fireboats, towboats, wood boats, as well as other classic and contemporary craft decorated to the theme. Both power and sail boats are competing for best-decoration honors.

There are six trophies up for grabs, and prize bags for the participants.

Viewing of the parade is best along the San Francisco waterfront from Crissy Field, west of the Marina Green, to Pier 39. There will also be a special Hornblower cruise leaving from Alameda (near Marina Village and Pasta Pelican) for the event.

Janet Levaux