Yacht-Parade Winners Announced

Many thanks to David Esser, who won third place in a recent photo contest hosted by the Bay Area-based boating magazine Latitude 38. Thanks to Esser, and Latitude 38, we can see why the catamaran Wahoo was made the overall winner of the 2011 Oakland-Alameda Estuary Lighted Yacht Parade, which took place on Dec. 3. Gary and Diane Thompson are the proud owners of Wahoo — and the impressive decorators.

This year’s decorating theme was “Cartoon Christmas,” which led one boat team to put a big Bullwinkle up in its rigging.

Other winners in the yacht-decorating contest include Boundless, owned by Cliff and Anna Kramer, which won the top decorating prize in the sailboat category, while Coda, owned by Joan Lunderville, was recognized as the snazziest powerboat.

The Barge, operated by the Jack London Aquatic Center’s Master Women’s Rowing Team received recognition for its entry in the Cartoon Christmas-themed event, as well.

Many congratulation to these and other winners, as well as the event organizers and key sponsors – Celebrations on the Bay and Stem to Stern boating services. And thanks for hosting such a popular, fun-filled aquatic event, which is held to encourage members of the Island community to enjoy the holidays on and off the water – and to and raise donations for the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts and the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

For a complete list of this year’s lighted yacht-parade go the the event’s website.

© 2011 David Esser

Janet Levaux