SYC is a progressive, casual, family-friendly sailing club
Sail Past at the Squamish Yacht Club is a nautical celebration steeped in tradition and brimming with fun! All club members are expected to take part, but if you can’t make it, don’t worry! Just send the Commodore (cc Staff Captain) an email with your regrets. Sail Past is also an opportunity to say thanks to the Commodore for all their hard work over the past year. So cast off the lines, hoist the sails, and let’s set sail on a sea of fun and tradition!
Date: Saturday, May 13th
12:30PM: Bagpipers kick-off Official Sail Past departure.
1:00PM: Departure from Dock. Our Commodore Jamie Horner with Wife Melanie and children Tyler and Morgan and their lab, Nikau will be leading the way with their boat, ENZO.
2:00PM: SailPast Salute Ceremony on the water
4:00: Official Sail Past Ceremony at Clubhouse, followed by Dinner and Live Music.
Please remember to RSVP by May 5th, so that we know how many additional tickets are available to outside guests, and so that we can plan our dinner experience accordingly.
Dinner: Our local TBD will be served for dinner. Dinner is included.
Bar: Credit, debit preferred cash also accepted 😊
Dress: Traditional SailPast attire is your best “Blue and White’s”…
however wear whatever is comfortable, and remember a sweater for the evening – our event is tented and outdoors.
Boat Order: The Boat Order for the Sail Past at Squamish Yacht Club is as follows: Power Boats first, followed by Sail Boats (from largest to smallest). The boat order will be posted at the clubhouse, but don’t worry if you fall out of order – just do your best to join the line. Keep in mind that the Commodore cannot return to the docks until all of the fleet has returned. So, power up those engines, hoist the sails, and let’s give the Commodore a salute to remember!
Sail Past traditions started over 200 years ago in the first British Yacht Clubs. Since then, Yacht Clubs around the world have taken part in the tradition as a way of kicking off the boating year and honouring the Commodore. The tradition, is that each boat take it’s turn offering a
salute to the Commodore, and the Commodore’s boat. The salute is performed by sailing past the Commodore and luffing the jib, or, if under power, by dipping your ensign. All of the crew on
the saluting boat stand at attention facing the Commodore, who is the only one to salute by hand. If there is insufficient wind, sailboats should have their engines on (but we’ve learned that a wind free
SailPast is rarely the case in Squamish ;).