As it has in the past, the Discovery Bay Yacht Club (DBYC) Lighted Boat Parade brings a close to the boating season by ringing in the holiday season with dozens of boats winding their way through the coves of Discovery Bay, all lit up from stem to stern.
Occupants of any parade-registered boat may join the procession back to DBYC at the yacht harbor for post-parade festivities. It's the one time of the year when DBYC opens its doors to non-members.
Registrations will be accepted right up to the last minute, said organizer Pat Anderson.
Participating boats will assemble at Lighthouse Bay at 5 p.m. Skippers should monitor Channel 72 for instructions. The parade will make its way to the yacht club, where awards will be presented and music and dancing will take place all night long.
Route additions not marked on the route map include Shell Bay and most of the Clipper bays.
The leadoff boat will bear Rich Hanset - with a powerful spotlight so that viewers may keep track of the parade's progress through Discovery Bay.
Anderson said that to prevent casualties on the waterways, people watching the parade from their boats should light up their boats so that the bigger boats can see them as they cruise through the bays.
To register and receive a boat number, registrants must send a member or non-member name, phone numbers, boat name, model and length to: Pat Anderson, 1585 Willow Lake Road, Discovery Bay CA 94514. The phone number is 216-4411 and the fax, 634-0160.