Commodore’s Sailpast

The Commodore’s Sailpast, held each year in early June, marks the official start of the sailing season. Each year a theme is given to Sailpast and people are encouraged to decorate their boats and crew to make the event more interesting. Sailpast typically begins at 1130 with burgee presentation to long time members (10, 15, 20, 25, & 30 years), plus the presentation of burgees to the Flag officers: the Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Rear-Commodore & Fleet Captain.

After the flag ceremonies, the Commodore heads out and anchors awaiting the Sailpast parade to begin. Sailors muster near the Race Committee boat and proceed in a parade towards the Commodore, passing the stern of the Commodore’s boat on Starboard tack. Boats salute the Commodore by luffing their jib or dipping their Club Burgee. Special sailing instructions are normally issued to identify the Commodore’s boat, where boats will congregate, and who will lead the parade.

After sailing past the Commodore, people make their way back to harbour, where a nice dinner and dance is organized and prizes are allocated to the best decorated and dressed boat.

Written by Jeff Nelson. Comments or changes to Hugh Morrin, webmaster at nsc dot ca.

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