The annual sail past will take place Dec. 6.

The annual sail past will take place Dec. 6.

Boats to light up the Bay

Christmas event returns to Semiahmoo Bay on Dec. 6

The days may be getting shorter and shorter and winter approaches, but, for one night at least, Semiahmoo Bay will be brighter than usual, with the return of the popular Christmas Boat Light Parade.

The annual event, which is organized by the International Yacht Club of BC, is set for Saturday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.

“It’s a traditional in our club, and I think a lot of our members take pride in getting their boats all dressed up for the holidays,” said IYCBC spokesperson Bob Bezubiak, a longtime member of the club.

“It’s something that we as a club have done for probably 40 years, at least, but it’s still something that not everybody knows about.”

Starting promptly at 5 p.m., the yachts – decked out in Christmas lights – will make two passes by the White Rock Pier, which, Bezubiak adds, is the best spot to catch a glimpse of the half-hour event.

Participation from sailors is usually weather dependent, he said, adding that he expects “20 to 25” boats to take part. The sail past isn’t exclusive to IYC members – other boaters from the area are encourage to string up some lights and join the parade.

Bruce Blandy, port captain for the club, will be leading the parade – with Rudolph on the bow of his yacht.

“I used to bundle up my kids and head over to the pier to watch the light parade. This event is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit and kick of the holiday season,” he said.

“My kids, now in their 20s, still talk about the light parades as one of their fun Christmas traditions.”

Any boaters interested in taking part can email Blandy at bruceblandy@gmail.com