By Pat Reynolds

The California Yacht Club holds its traditional ceremonies on Opening Day  Photo by Pat Reynolds.

The California Yacht Club holds its traditional ceremonies on Opening Day Photo by Pat Reynolds.

Opening Day ceremonies were held March 9 and 10 and signified the beginning of a new yachting season in Marina del Rey.
Cannon shots rang out, flags ran up flagpoles, speeches were given and dignitaries from surrounding yacht clubs and boating organizations descended on the area.
Under perfectly clear skies, six local yacht clubs welcomed hundreds of men and women clad mostly in blue blazers and khakis to take part in this time-honored tradition.
Each of the clubs host their own shindig that adheres to the rituals of the day, but also add various elements that speak to the personality of the club.
For instance, this year at the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, one of the members came out dressed as a giant chicken and sang a song about chickens. They were celebrating their 50th year as an organization and have a light-hearted tradition involving a rubber chicken.
Live music, Bloody Marys in the morning, finger food, straw hats and ear-drum destroying explosions from cannons that really don’t look that big are some of the features of an Opening Day.
When it is all said and done and the last cannon shot echoes away into silence, the yachting season is officially open.

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