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Yachts Light Up the Night

Many festive boats are lighting up the night this month, some in their slips and others in parades. The Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland-Alameda Estuary was held on December 1.

Nouvelle Vie
Nouvelle Vie, a Hunter 49, won first place in Alameda’s Lighted Yacht Parade.
© 2018 Fred Fago
Gratitude, a Catalina 370, won second place last Saturday.
© 2018 Fred Fago
Eclipse, an Express 37 usually seen racing on San Francisco Bay, won third place.
© 2018 Fred Fago

Lighted boat parades coming up during the next two weekends include:

  • Dec. 8 — Winterfest Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks, Sausalito, 6-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 — Lighted Boat Festival, Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay, 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 — Lighted Boat Parade, San Joaquin Yacht Club, Bethel Island. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 5 p.m. Parade starts at 5:30.
  • Dec. 8 — DBYC Lighted Boat Parade, Discovery Bay. Theme: Twas the Night Before Christmas.
  • Dec. 14 — Lighted Boat Parade, San Francisco. Pier 39 / Fisherman’s Wharf / Fort Mason / GGYC / StFYC / Crissy Field.
  • Dec. 15 — Lighted Boat Parade, San Rafael Canal, 5:30 p.m. Pickleweed Park to Montecito Shopping Center and back. Marin YC, (415) 453-9366.
  • Dec. 15 — CPYC Lighted Boat Parade, Coyote Point, San Mateo, 5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 15 — Sequoia YC Lighted Boat Parade, Redwood City.
  • Dec. 15 — Lighted Boat Parade, Oxbow Marina and Marina West YC, Georgiana Slough, Isleton. John, (916) 216-1626.
  • Any others?

Send your best lighted boat event photos to us at [email protected] by December 19; we’ll make a contest out of it and award Latitude 38 swag for our favorite image. The talent and skill of Fred Fago make it look easy, but — trust us — it’s not!

Lighted boats in slips
Sailboats just happen to be naturally shaped like Christmas trees.
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John


  1. Michael E Kehir 5 years ago

    You left out Pillar Point Parade, Half Moon Bay tommorrow nite 12/8..

    • Tim Henry 5 years ago

      Thanks Michael — We updated the story and added this.

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