Boca Ciega Yacht Club

2020's 35th Annual BCYC Gulfport Christmas Boat Parade

What a HUGE success!! 25 boats, no one got stuck, we raised over $1100 and 160+ toys for Operation Santa, and it was FUN!! More importantly, the community of Gulfport got to see us do what we do best, have fun! Thank you to Beth Berkobein, Barb & Jimmy Meyer, Don & Jen Rogers for all their help in organizing, decorating, and helping things to run as smoothly as they did!

Each year, BCYC members and members of the general public come together to spread holiday joy by decking the hulls and heading out on Boca Ciega Bay to parade the BCYC way!



Download the 2020 BCYC_BoatParadeFlyer_2020_FINAL.pdf

Boats will begin to gather in  the bay around 6:00 pm. At 6:30 pm, the Gulfport Police boat will call the boats together to line up, and will then lead the parade. We start at the Gulfport Municipal Marina and pass by the BCYC clubhouse on our way out into the bay. Next we head to Gulfport's Williams Pier and the beach, passing by the Gulfport Casino. We make our way through the communities of Town Shores, Skimmers Point, Pelican Bay, past Kipps Colony and the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, then to the Pasadena Golf Club Estates where holiday parties wait for us to pass by. Then we will head back to our slips.


Download the 2020 boat parade map


But it's about more than fun and merriment! Participants need only a simple fee to enter - two (or more!) unwrapped toys for Operation Santa. Operation Santa, coordinated by the Gulfport Police Department, collects toys for the children of Gulfport whose holidays would not be as cheerful without the generosity of the community. Boca Ciega Yacht Club is proud to have been part of Operation Santa for 20 years!

2020 has been an especially hard year on everyone and this year, due to Covid-19, we have to do things a little differently. BCYC is encouraging all its members, guests, and extended family to donate to Operation Santa. Toys may be dropped off at the clubhouse (boxes will be available 11/10 and on).


This year, BCYC is going to turn the tables and award each boat a gift certificate to one of our many 2019 sponsors (see list at bottom). BCYC appreciates all our past sponsors and it is our honor to return the favor by supporting them. Everyone is a winner at this event and no boat goes home empty handed - please see a list of our 2019 sponsors below. We would love it if you would help us to continue to support these sponsors when doing your 2020 holiday shopping!


If you have any questions, or would like to become a 2020 parade sponsor, please contact, Jenn Buckley at boatparade@sailbcyc.org


Post Parade Party: The decision was made to CANCEL the post parade party. This is for many reasons, all of which are due to the necessity of maintaining social distancing and other safety protocols. We know this is disappointing but we take safety seriously.


Important Info for Members: This year, we will be asking members and invited guests, who wish to view the parade from BCYC, to wear a mask AND to social distance from others (6-foot rule). This is to protect us all. The kitchen will be off-limits and no food will be set out. You may still bring food for yourselves but we are not encouraging the sharing of food.

Somehow, we will still find a way to sing BCYC's legendary rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas, possibly at a future Happy Hour!

 

~ Save the Date! ~


December 11, 2021

at 6:00 pm




Mandatory Skipper's Meeting on Saturday, Time TBD


Donation of Toys for Operation Santa may be dropped off at the clubhouse







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Information for Boat Skipper's...


Mandatory Skipper's Meeting: Saturday, December 12th @ 12:00 pm via Zoom (link to register for this meeting will be in the confirmation email)

Skipper Check-in: All skippers (or a member of the crew) may pick up a numbered sign, zip ties, and a light on Friday afternoon (Dec 11th) or on Saturday (Dec 12th). You can also drop off your Boat Entry "fee" at the same time. Times will be coordinated to avoid crowding at the clubhouse.


Boat Entry Fee: Two (or more) unwrapped children's presents OR a check made out to "Operation Santa", the City of Gulfport's annual toy drive.


Prizes: Prizes will be awarded (i.e., mailed) directly to the skipper of each boat after the parade.


If you have any questions, please contact parade chair Jenn Buckley at (813) 323-5852, or email boatparade@sailbcyc.org.

AGREEMENT TO ASSUME RISK AND HOLD HARMLESS: in consideration of being permitted to participate in the BCYC Christmas Boat Parade, and being fully knowledgeable of the risks while boating, I agree to hold harmless BCYC and the City of Gulfport, their officers and the event committee in the performance of their duties from any and all damages, losses, claims, suit, actions, expenses or liabilities which may directly or indirectly arise from my participation in the Christmas Boat Parade.


Got questions? Contact: boatparade@sailbcyc.org


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Longitude 82° 41' 44.7252'' W
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