Thursday, May 09, 2013

What's In a Name? Longnecker's

Saturday was Opening Day for boating.  The Bellingham Yacht Club (BYC) hosted a boat parade that left Squalicum Harbor and headed to Historic Fairhaven. We didn't make it in time to see the parade, but did notice some of the aftermath. Lots of sailboats were sporting flags, fluttering colorfully in the breeze.

Wayne and I headed to a small cove on Lummi Island called Inati Bay.  This is a private outstation of the BYC and only members can go ashore. But we only wanted to drop a day hook and enjoy the warm sunshine onboard.

Boats are decorated for the parade. This year's theme was Derby Days. Opening Day was the same day as the running of the Kentucky Derby. But we didn't learn this until after we got home.

Sitting at anchor in Inati Bay, we saw a boat heading our way. It was hard to make out what it was.

At first I thought it was a fishing boat with little cubicles for fishermen to stand in while trolling.

As it got closer we saw a starting gate, complete with horses and jockeys. On top a jockey rode a long-neck Geoduck clam. Longnecker is also a family name, so I'm left wondering if it was named after the clam, the family, or both.

The decorations were amazing. When the boat turned around, you could see the horses' rumps and tails hanging out. Click on the large picture and you can read the horses' names. There were bails of hay and a full-size horse riding on the bow. If this boat, didn't win first prize, I can't imagine what did.

I didn't get a picture of the boat's real name, but for Opening Day it was definitely "Longnecker's." -- Margy


  1. Dang! I knew it was opening day but I guess I was thinking only Seattle. I would have liked to see the parade. The decorated boat you picture is pretty funny. MB

  2. What fun...imagine being a passenger!

  3. Thanks everyone for commenting on my boat adventure for the week. It was quite the sight. - Margy


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