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”