By JEFF DEMPSEY
Opening Day on the Bay, a decorated boat parade that traces its roots and tradition to the summer emergence of Belvedere Cove's historic arks, will mark a major milestone this weekend when sailors from all over the Bay Area gather for the event's 100th anniversary.
The April 23 event, which signals the official start of the sailing season on San Francisco Bay, kicks off at 10:30 a.m. at the Corinthian Yacht Club with the Blessing of the Fleet in Racoon Strait. That will be followed by a mock battle between tall ships the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain in Richardson Bay near Sausalito.
The parade begins at noon and will showcase more than 100 historic workboats, fireboats and tugboats, as well as classic and contemporary craft; powerboats and sailboats will compete for best decoration honors. The festivities will be presided over by Grand Marshal John Morrow, a lieutenant colonel with the Army Corps of Engineers.
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