California Yacht Club Juniors won the top award in the 42nd Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade Saturday, December 11th.
Close to 40 lighted boats circled the Marina main channel several times during the boat parade, which was blessed with perfect weather conditions.
Bursts of fireworks signaled the start of the parade at 5:55 p.m. The fireworks show was sponsored by the County Department of Beaches and Harbors and drew appreciative cheers from tens of thousands of spectators who lined the main channel at Fisherman’s Village, Burton Chace Park and at other areas along the parade route.
Many boat owners and apartment tenants with access to views of the lighted boat parade held parties planned around the boat parade — the Marina’s biggest event each year — expanding the number of boat parade spectators.
The parade theme this year was “Sights and Sounds of the Holidays” and many entries featured holiday music along with lighted holiday scenes.
In addition to winning “Best overall entry,” the California Yacht Club Juniors won the top honors in the animation category and placed second in the yacht club category.
The California Yacht Club Juniors entry featured a 40-foot moving bell and holly leaf dÈcor on Cheyenne, a 50-foot sailboat skippered by Alan Blunt.
An entry on the 42-foot Trinity, owned by Regina Risolio, won honors for best powerboat entry.
The entry featured a Nativity scene, camels, wise men and an angel announcing the birth of Jesus. Holiday musical favorites by Perry Como, “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night,” were beamed out to the boat parade spectators.
Trinity also won the top award in the individual category and a second place award in the theme category.
Tina Marie, a 27-foot sailboat entered by owners Tina and Dave Smith, was named best sailboat entry. The boat featured lights on the hull with stuffed animals, an eight-foot Santa on the bow, an eight-foot Christmas tree and an eight-foot Frosty the Snowman in a dinghy.
Dancing girls were featured on the boat and the Smiths used music with changed lyrics to note the locale, “There’s No Place Like Marina del Rey for the Holidays.”
In addition to winning the top sailboat category, Tina Marie placed second in both the individual and theme categories.