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Crowds turn out for the 53rd annual Opening Day celebration of the Oceanside Yacht Club. Photo by Tony Cagala
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Oceanside Yacht Club opens the sailing season

OCEANSIDE — With blustery winds blowing, dozens of sailboats, yachts and motorboats left their slips for a short circle around the harbor before parading in front of the Oceanside Yacht Club’s Commodore Karl Walker during the club’s 53rd annual Opening Day on April 3.

Opening Day is yacht club tradition nationwide, signaling the beginning of spring, when, mostly on the East Coast, the ice in harbors has melted allowing yachts and other vessels the chance to sail again.

The day featured a boat parade where club officials judged the boats in several categories, including ships’ crews at attention, the proper use of nautical flags and a proper salute to reviewing party.

For more information on the Oceanside Yacht Club, visit