For Hometown News
The Halifax River Yacht Club hosted the 14th annual Christmas Boat Parade on the Halifax River in downtown Daytona Beach on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Each year this event is enjoyed by thousands lined along the Halifax River, on bridges, causeways and in private boats.
Mike McQuarrie, Commodore of the Halifax River Yacht Club said "The annual Christmas Boat Parade remains one of the area's great traditions and it is the pleasure of the Halifax River Yacht Club to bring this to our community."
The decorated boats were judged on lights, theme, and enthusiasm of participants. Since the Yacht Club partnered with the Riverfront Holiday Festival and Food Truck Rally, attendees of that event were also able to vote and select a "people's choice." Members of the Halifax River Yacht Club were able to select a "club favorite." as well.
Results of the parade were (Captain's name -- theme):
Powerboats 44 feet and up:
1. Glen Wagner -- Sparkling Lights
2. Chris Brown -- Bahama Blue Christmas
3. Jerry Janaro -- Santa's White Sleigh
Powerboats 32 to 43 feet:
1. Dennis Lilly -- Santa's Steel Drum Christmas
2. Bill Stevens -- Santa's Workshop
3. Joe Hopkins -- Rudolph
Powerboats up to 30 feet:
1. John Koberg -- Jingle Bell Rock
2. Loretta Arthur -- Sea Stars
3. John Garrett -- Candy Cane
1. Rick Boucher -- Christmas Beach Party
2.Mike McQuarrie -- Sailing with the Angels
3.Mike Stambursky -- Pirate Christmas
Club Favorite: Glen Wagner -- Sparkling Lights
People's Choice: Joe Hopkins -- Rudolph
First-Timer's Award: Loretta Arthur -- Sea Stars
Mr. McQuarrie said "This event continues to be a huge success thanks to the many sponsorships and donations from HRYC members, area businesses and the surrounding community."