Sailpast - a TBYC Tradtion


Sail Past


Sail Past dates back to the very beginnings of Naval traditions and is a ceremony of inspecting a fleet of ships and showing respect to the Commander in charge.
Throughout history, this ceremony has included Royalty, Heads of State, and Admirals all inspecting fleets or entire Navies. Every year, the practice and history of Sailpast is performed by thousands of yacht clubs around the world. 

In conjunction with Sailpast is the ancient tradition of the blessing of the boats which calls upon divine providence to safeguard the boats and crews from the dangers of the seas and to ensure safe return to home port.

This fall on September 4th,  Thunderbird Yacht Club celebrates this ancient tradition at Ekins.  This is a weekend which combines the formality of a traditional Sailpast with a relaxing weekend cruise spent with friends.

This year, the Commodore invites you to attend the Commodore's Cruise Weekend, which will combine both the festivities of the Fall Cruise with the more formal Sail Past event. 


SAIL PAST - Saturday, September 4th, 2021 at 12:00 hours

A traditional salute to the Commodore, Sail Past is a well honored event for Thunderbird Yacht Club Members.

Members will ready their boats in the morning and leave the docs at 11:30 am to begin formation of 2 lines. Led by Fleet Captain Reg Allen, Sail Past will commence at 12:00. 
On cue, the fleet passes one by one in a parade before the Commodore who is anchored stern-to, and who will acknowledge, with a flag-dip of his own, each boat’s individual flag-dip salute.  Once all yachts have sailed past the Commodore, ships return to the docks for a formal toast to the the commodore in the longhouse, hosted by the club's Staff Captain.   If you have any additional questions regarding the day, please contact the Fleet Captain, Reg Allen.   

View and print the Orders of the Day here.                

COMMODORE'S CRUISE - Margaritaville style, Sunday, September 5th, 2021.

Sunday afternoon will start with a Margarita Making Contest, on the docks, with light entertainment, which will be followed by dinner and entertainment in the evening. Dinner will be “cheeseburgers in paradise” with all the trimmings.

Tickets for the weekend will be $25 per person, (less for kids) along with door prizes, a 50/50 draw, and rumour has it, tequila shots at some point!

Please RSVP to the invitation you will receive in early August as we need numbers for dinner.

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