Members and guests who are not aboard a boat in the parade may view the parade from the DPYC Horizon Bar.
“Dress Ship for Opening Day”
The custom of dressing ships for festive occasions dates back to the early days of sailing ships. When warships returned from battle, their captains would dress ship to signal their victories. Eventually, navies developed sets of regulations about when and how to dress ship for ceremonial occasions. Our Opening Day, boat christenings and parade qualify as ceremonial occasions, so it is proper for us to dress ship to celebrate whether your boat is in the parade or not. The recommended sequence of signal flags is based on a harmonious color scheme and has no meaning in terms of letters or numerals represented by the flags. The recommended sequence is:
AB2, UJ1, KE3, GH6, IV5, FL4, DM7, PO 3rd Repeater, RN 1st Repeater, ST Zero, CX9, WQ8, ZY 2nd Repeater
Flags are flown beginning with “A” at the forward waterline, over the stem and the top of the mast, to the stern and finally to the waterline aft. Power boats too! This is not just for sailboats.
IMPORTANT: If you don’t have a set of signal flags, sets of decorative pennants are available at very modest cost. You can find them at West Marine in their stores or on line, at Amazon and at eBay. However, please DO NOT use the plain single color flags that are seen on used car lots!
See the above photo for an example. Let’s make DPYC’s Opening Day a colorful, memorable occasion!
Dress for the Occasion!
The Officers & Directors will be in formal uniforms and you can do so too, or feel free to dress “yachty”, festive, or nautical. Ladies, don’t be afraid to wear a spring hat!
If you will be aboard a boat in the parade, be safe and wear boat shoes, then change into shore shoes afterward.
Direct any questions to Fleet Captain, Scott Schoeffel at