Lighted boats making annual trek from Southworth to Port Orchard

Boats from the Port Orchard Yacht Club will sail along the shore from Southworth to Port Orchard. - Courtesy Photo
Boats from the Port Orchard Yacht Club will sail along the shore from Southworth to Port Orchard.
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Once again, hundreds of people will lineup along the shore from Southworth to Port Orchard for another holiday tradition as the “Lighted Boat Parade” takes place on Saturday, Dec. 14.

According to Port Orchard Yacht Club Commodore Kelly Foust, members of the yacht club will putter their lighted and decorated sailboats and yachts for people of all ages to watch. The annual event started in the 1970s.

Foust said five to 14 boats could participate in this year’s parade.

“Normally we get about about seven or eight boats on an average,” Foust said. “But we really never know how many until the parade begins.”

He said all the boats are decorated with lights and other items.

He said the parade is scheduled to start at about 5 p.m. at the Southworth ferry dock and the boats will follow the shoreline to Manchester and through the Rich Passage to arrive at the Port Orchard Yacht Club about 7:30 p.m.

Foust said there will be a “Santa boat” again this year.

“People call us and tell us all the names of their kids and the Santa boat runs in and out of the parade,” Foust said. “We get addresses from people so we plot the addresses onto a chart so we will know where to pull the Santa boat over.”

He said Santa uses a loud speaker to callout the children’s names and wishes them a “Merry Christmas.”

“We do it all the way from Southwork to Manchester to Port Orchard,” Foust said.

He said the event is a “proud tradition” of the Port Orchard Yacht Club.


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