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47th Annual Yacht Parade Lights up the Estuary

One of Alameda’s favorite holiday traditions, the Lighted Yacht Parade, completed its 47th annual sail Saturday night, December 2, to the delight of participants, shoreside spectators, and ride-along guests on the completely sold-out lighted ferry from Seaplane Lagoon. The parade benefits the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Oakland Firefighters. Riders on the ferry filled at least two big tubs of toys for the firefighters’ toy drive.

Photos Steve Gorman (from his kayak participating in the parade).

The theme for this year’s parade was “Deck the Seas with Holly Jolly,” and participants succeeded in doing just that. In addition to Best of Show, prizes were awarded to three entrants in each of three categories—Power, Sail, and Other. Steve Jackson’s “5 O’Clock Somewhere” won Best of Show and will be treated to dinner for four at Oakland Fire Station 2 at Jack London Square. The meal will be prepared by firefighters.

Video Cindy Warner.

In the Power category, first place went to Greg Jones for “Midnight Madness,” second place went to Marlon Brandle for “B Legends,” and third place went to Steve Hansen for “Escape Fantasy.”

In the Sail category, first place went to Stacy Austin for “Darwin,” second place to Eric Korbas for “Amanda,” and third place to Kwame Copeland for “Espresso.”

Video Cindy Warner.

In the Other category, first place went to Emily Zugnoni/Alameda Community Sailing Center, second place to Kin Woo/KP Dragons, and third place to Sandy Glendinning/West Coast Rowers.

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