Third Annual Fleet Week Veterans Day Boat Parade Decoration Contest Winners Announced

November 2022                                                           

SAN DIEGO – Approximately Forty Pleasure Boats turned out to participate in the Third Annual Veterans Day Boat Parade on Friday 11 November.  The Boats were  decorated in Military and Patriotic themes to honor our Veterans and the members of the military, and competed for trophies to determine the best decorated boats in the following themes: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and “Most Patriotic”

The Parade started at 12:00 noon at the Southern tip of Shelter Island, and proceeded past Harbor Island to the Embarcadero, passing in front of the Judges Station aboard the Ferry Boat Berkeley at the Maritime Museum, then past the  Broadway Pier, the USS Midway Museum, Seaport Village, and crossed the  channel at Cesar Chavez Pier, then past the Coronado Ferry Landing where the parade disbursed.

The winners follow:

Theme                     Boat Name                    Type                                    Owner                                      Hometown

Army               “Capt America”                     34 Ft Tiara Sport               Steve Burgraff                   Chula Vista

Navy               “Sun Baby”                             48 Ft Power                       Bill&Sue Houlihan            San Diego

Air Force         “KMA”                                     23 Ft Ranger Tug              Kevin Rudolph                   San Diego   

Marine Corps  “Mariana Queen”               36 Ft Trawler                     Stan Smith                          San Diego

Coast Guard   “Good News V”                    32 Ft Grand Banks           Sean Mahoney                  San Diego

Most Patriotic  “Osprey”                              38 Ft Sail                            Mike Philbrook(Boy Scouts)  San Diego

The Parade also include an aerial demonstration by Four Vintage Aircraft  from the San Diego Salute Formation Team out of Gillespie Field in El Cajon, CA.  A scheduled Search and Rescue Demonstration by the U.S. Coast Guard had to be cancelled because of a real-world mission off the coast of San Diego. The Parade was live streamed with narration provided by Phil Kendro, a Marine Corps Veteran. and may be viewed at the Fleet Week website Fleet Week San Diego – Fleet Week San Diego, or on U Tube at “Fleet Week San Diego”.

The final  event of Fleet Week San Diego 2022 will be the Fleet Week Football  Classic at Snapdragon Stadium on Saturday 12 November featuring SDSU and SJSU.

About Fleet Week San Diego

Fleet Week San Diego is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit foundation created by community and business leaders to honor and celebrate the men and women of the military through public events and alliances that support and thank these heroes.  The Chamber of Commerce gave birth to Fleet Week San Diego in 1997 and by 2001 the event had grown into a nonprofit California Public Benefit Corporation. By expressing its support for the contributions made by the sea services to the many communities of the greater San Diego region, Fleet Week San Diego helps to maintain the vision of San Diego as a patriotic, pro-military city.


Most Patriotic “Osprey”

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