THE CHET GIBSON MEMORIAL CHRISTMAS CRUISE
Parade of Lighted Boats – Coordinated and Led by
Queen City Yacht Club
Approximate Parade ScheduleFriday, December 12, 2008 Saturday, December 13, 2008 Lake Union 6:00 PM (Start) Lake Union (Start) 6:00 PM Webster Point 7:00 PM Webster Point 7:00 PM Leschi Park 7:25 PM Cozy Cove 7:40 PM Meydenbauer Bay 8:20 PM Kirkland 8:10 PM Webster Point 9:00 PM (End) Mathews Beach 8:40 PM Sand Point 9:00 PM Webster Point-End 9:30 PM
Communications: Monitor VHF Channel 9. Communications boat (TBD) will provide parade information concerning safety and navigation.
Entry Requirements: There are none. ALL BOATERS ARE WELCOME. Just decorate your boat, put on a happy face and join the parade. Each and every boat lends its own unique flavor to the spirit of Christmas.
Comment: The event was begun in 1941 by Captain Chet Gibson and is being carried on under the sponsor ship of Queen City Yacht Club. It is an opportunity for the area boaters to share their pastime with the community and is an event the shoreline viewers eagerly anticipate.
Note: The Montlake Bridge opens on request after 6:30 PM, so the sailboats should line up together for a common opening.
Parade Start: On both nights, boats will form up at the North end of Lake Union behind the lead boat, ( TBD ), near buoy C”13” by Gasworks Park. At 6:00 PM the flashing light will appear on the lead boat and the parade will begin. We will proceed counter clockwise around Lake Union, through Portage Bay, the Mountlake Cut and out into Lake Washington.
Decorations: Both sides of the boat should be decorated; lights should dominate the display. The audience is the people in the surrounding communities who enjoy the spectacular sight of the floating Christmas lights from shore.