The Parade of Boats is held annually on the second Saturday evening in December and is produced by the City of Charlestonís Office of Cultural Affairs and the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron.
The prize winners of the 34th annual Parade of Boats in Charleston Harbor are as follows:
Best-In- Show was #23 Lucky Duck owned by Mr. Roy Mevers of Mt. Pleasant. Lucky Duck is a 23 ft. Key West. This is his 3rd trophy.
1st place the power category was also #23 Lucky Duck.
1st place in the sail category was the #12 Beacon Won owned by Mr. Bruce Dunham and Ms. Sheila Young. Beacon Won is a 69 foot schooner and is based in Nassau, The Bahamas.
2nd place in the power category was #13 Nauti Time. Nauti time is a 23 ft. Grady White and is owned by Mr. Brian James of Summerville.
2nd place in the sail category was #30 Black Dog. Black Dog is a first time entrant and is owned by Mr. Robert Greaves of Charleston. The boat is a 38 ft. Island Packet.
3rd place in the power category was #19 Battleship. Battleship is a former Best-In-Show trophy winner. She is owned by Mr. William Zirkle of Monckís Corner. Battleship is a 29 ft. Blackfin.
3rd place in the sail category was #31 Alliance. This was her first parade. She is owned by Mr. Mark Stetler of Mt. Pleasant. Alliance is a 38 ft. Ericson.
A note of appreciation for photos and consolidating the scoring sheets by Deb Brown and Karen Race.
We've identified the names of many of the boats; if your boat was in the Parade but its name isn't listed, send an e-mail
& we'll add it.
Click on any photograph to see an enlargement.
A message from Dick Howells:
Since the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron is the co-sponsor of the Parade with the City of Charleston, we need the
help from all members with boats.
We need marker boats to anchor along the course to show the decorated boats where to go.
We need members to enter their boats.
Call me and I will tell you all about how to do this. I have been doing this for the Squadron and the City for years and really get excited for the Holidays when we do the Parade. NO obligations: just call and we can talk.
The 34rd Annual Holiday Parade of Boats will be held in Charleston Harbor on Saturday, December 12, 2015. You can participate in the parade by simply registering, decorating your boat from stem to stern with lights, and joining us on the water. Thousands of spectators view the parade along the route from Mt. Pleasant to Charleston each year.
The parade begins at approximately 5:00PM near the Mt. Pleasant side and ends in the Ashley River (after processing up the Mt. Pleasant side, then down the Charleston side, of the Cooper River), at approximately 7:30PM. We say approximately, because of various factors, including wind, current, and the ability of the boats to maintain headway.
Captains and crews will be invited to the Captainís Party and Awards Ceremony a day later. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place boats in both the power and sail categories, with the best-in-show award going to the highest scoring boat overall.
For further information, you may contact Dick Howells at
To participate, please fill out the Registration Form.
The form is on-line at
Registration Form for Participants.
Registration deadline will be December 9, by 4pm.
For more information, contact
or call Ray Swagerty, Production Manager & Parade of Boats Coordinator at (843) 724-7414 or email
Other information on the Internet about the Charleston Parade of Boats: