April 25, 2022

Bellingham Yacht Club
(360) 733-7390

Like Spring? Like Boats? Then Come to Bellingham Yacht Club's Opening Day May 7th

The Bellingham Yacht Club is launching the 2022 boating season with a mix of the serious and the celebratory and the public is invited. Come tour the 45’ Coast Guard boat and view the Looney Tunes-themed boat parade accompanied by the Bellingham Fire Boat. The traditional flag raising and Blessing of the Fleet and information about joining the Bellingham Yacht Club are open to all. Participation in the boat parade does not require BYC membership and all who register will be eligible for prizes.

Bellingham Yacht Club members and their guests, including members who join during the Spring Membership Special, will also celebrate the 2022 season at the morning Members Reception and party following the parade with food, music and fun.

“We are so excited to welcome the Coast Guard to Opening Day and to see the inside of their rescue boats without having to be rescued first,” exclaimed BYC Trustee Jane Bright. The Bellingham Coast Guard Station is such an asset to our community, and this is our chance to meet and thank them,” she added. Tours will be open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Gate 3 Squalicum Harbor.

Curious about joining the Bellingham Yacht Club? BYC members will answer questions about the Membership Special, why you should join with or without owning a boat, and how to join by May 19th when the special ends. If you join on Opening Day, you will be invited to the Members Only afternoon party. Sponsorship is not needed.

“The BYC is such a special place and group of people,” said Rich Sandeen, Fleet Captain. “Members like to sail, race and cruise, musical members jam weekly and we all enjoy socializing. The Club is active year-round and for many, our BYC friendships are what got us through Covid.” Information about joining and the Membership Special is at

Additional safety resources and material will be provided by the Bellingham Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Bellingham Power Squadron including information about safety courses. Vessel examiners will be available to conduct boat safety checks.

The Bellingham Yacht Club is an all-volunteer club as well as the oldest yacht club on Bellingham Bay and the only yacht club offering a full-service bar and clubhouse with a deck on Squalicum Harbor. Our motto is: Friendships, boats and fun-filled experiences 

For more information about Opening Day and how to register your boat for the parade:

Bellingham Yacht Club Opening Day Schedule

  • 9:30 AM-10:30
    • Members Reception
    • Invited Guests, Members & Families
    • Refreshments & Appetizers
    • Traditional boating attire preferred

  • 10:45-11:45 AM
    • Public Ceremonies
    • Welcome by Commodore and Anthems
    • Introduction of visiting clubs and dignitaries
    • Blessing of the Fleet
    • Raising of the flags, main flagpole  

  • 11:00-12:30 AM
    • Public invited to tour the 45’ Coast Guard boat at Gate 3, Squalicum Harbor

  • 12:00 Noon
    • Flag ceremony

  • 1:00 PM
    • Boats Away for Opening Day Parade-Boats Rendezvous - Bellingham Ferry Terminal and Parade Begins

  • 3:00 PM 
    • Members and Invited Guests Party
    •  Food, Music, and Fun
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