Club celebrates Opening Day of Boating
Boaters transformed the Port of Everett into the Great Barrier Reef in celebration of the Opening Day of the boating season on May 4.
Seventeen boats were decorated in a “Finding Nemo” theme for the Mukilteo Yacht Club’s 10th annual Opening Day of Boating parade, making the Everett Marina look like the Disney clown fish’s home off the coast of Australia.
Members of the Mukilteo Yacht Club and Dagmars Yacht Club lined up their movie-themed yachts and drove from the marina to Mukilteo’s shoreline and back.
At the bow of one boat was a giant scuba mask that read “P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney.” Another boat had its crew dressed up as seagulls that cried “Mine! Mine! Mine!”
Several others had colorful balloons trapped in nets to look like bubbles, and cartoon cutouts of sharks and fish, and inflatable turtles pinned to the port and starboard.
Leading the fleet was Rick and Commodore Carol Megenity’s boat, “The Irish Mist.” It is tradition for the commodore of the Mukilteo Yacht Club to lead the parade.
The Mukilteo Yacht Club co-sponsors the Opening Day of Boating annually at the Port of Everett. The day's activities include a blessing of the fleet, the boat parade and an awards ceremony for the “Best Of” parade decorations.
“We just love to share boating with as many people as we can,” Carol Megenity said. “It’s just such an important aspect of Northwest culture.”
The club founded in 1998 by Mukilteo realtor Bob McBride. He saw a need in Mukilteo for a club where members could share their love for boating and the water. Its members conduct a cruise almost every month.
“[Bob] was really the driving force and one of the founders of the Mukilteo Yacht Club,” said Rick Megenity.
This is Rick and Carol Megenity’s third year leading the boat parade. They also led it in 2001 and 2002, when Rick was commodore. The Megenitys have been members since the club was founded.
For them, the Opening Day not only celebrates the boating season, but the arrival of spring and good weather.
Throughout the season, the Mukilteo Yacht Club will go on 18 membership cruises. They’ll rendezvous to Oak Harbor, Port Townsend, the San Juan Islands and other destinations in and around Puget Sound.
The club also has event cruises like a fishing derby, a poker run and an evening Fireworks cruise on the Fourth of July.
“We just have a great time,” Carol Megenity said. “We just enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest. There’s nothing like being in the San Juan Islands.”
This year, “The Irish Mist” was decorated with balloons and cutouts of “Finding Nemo” characters. Rich and Carol invited some friends along for the ride, as well as their cat, Rudy.
Unfortunately, the parade had to be cut short this year due to shrimp and crab pots blocking the route.
The Mukilteo Yacht Club also hosts the Lighted Boat Parade in December in coordination with the Mukilteo Tree Lighting.
Members decorate their yachts with holiday lights and drive from the marina to Mukilteo at night. Their boats circle at Mukilteo when the tree is lit.
Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Mukilteo Garage, at 807 2nd St. in Old Town, and are preceded by a potluck social at 6:30 p.m.
A Membership Cruise open house for new members will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the Everett Marina. Meet the club at the “A” dock at the 12th Street Marina in Everett. Play Frisbee golf at 1 p.m. and enjoy a barbecue at 5:30 p.m.
Power and sail boaters are welcome. You don’t have to own a boat to be a member.
For more information on the Mukilteo Yacht Club, or to apply for membership visit www.mukilteoyachtclub.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-708-8173.
Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.