The Bellingham Yacht Club launches the 2024 boating season on May 4 with an afternoon “Here Comes the Sun” boat parade for all and special events for members and dignitaries throughout the day. Membership is not needed to join in the parade.

“BYC is a year-round social as well as boating club,” explained Mike Unger, Fleet Captain. “We are mostly volunteer operated, so it’s easy to get involved and make new friends, just like in 1925 when the Club started with fifty members and ten boats.”

Anniversaries are on tap this year as the Bellingham Yacht Club celebrates the 50th renown Pitch Regatta, and next year, the Club’s 100th will be honored with numerous festivities.

The Club is also welcoming new members, waiving the usual initiation fee through May 17th. Those wishing to join the Bellingham Yacht Club can find Club benefits and the application at Neither sponsors nor boat ownership is required.

The Bellingham Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in Bellingham. Located on the Squalicum waterfront, the facility has a full bar and Event Center which can be rented by the public. For more information, visit

2024 Opening Day Schedule

Registration Required only for Boat Parade

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Members Champagne Reception

Invited Guests, Members & Families
Refreshments & Appetizers
Traditional boating attire preferred

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Public Ceremonies

Welcome by Commodore and Anthems
Introduction of visiting clubs and dignitaries
Blessing of the Fleet
Raising of the flags, main flagpole

12:00 Noon

Flag Ceremony

Past Commodores

1:00 p.m.

Boats Away for Opening Day Parade

Boats Rendezvous – Bellingham Ferry Terminal and Parade Begins

3:00-9:00 p.m.

Members and Invited Guests Party

Music Guests “Crooked Mile”

Food and Fun