The Juneau Chamber of Commerce, the Juneau Yacht Club, the Juneau Radio Center and the CBJ Docks and Harbors announce sponsorship of the 2012 harbors Christmas Boat Lighting Contest. Vessels in Aurora Harbor, Harris Harbor, Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor, Don Statter Harbor Facility and Fisherman’s Bend Marina are all eligible. The eligibility location is not intended to be exclusive and any vessel in Juneau waters will be provided consideration, provided the judges are made aware. Last year 20 vessels competed for $1,270 in cash and prizes in two categories — commercial/government and recreational.
Judging will be conducted by sponsor representatives from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 22 and 23. Criteria will include creativity, detail, Christmas spirit, luminescence and imagination. The contest involves nothing to sign up for and only requires vessel owners to add some “Christmas cheer” for the holidays. Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each category on Dec. 24.
Richard Burns of the Juneau Radio Center indicated cash and prizes will exceed 2011 levels, adding that “boaters aren’t necessarily in it for the money — but certainly the bonus of prizes increases the competitive and fun spirit this contest provides to the Juneau community”.
“Decorating your boat is lots of fun and a great way for the boating community to show holiday spirit. We are encouraging all JYC members to participate.” Commodore Richard Knapp of the Juneau Yacht Club said.
Last year’s recreational grand prize went to Dan Gowdy with the Lady Irene in Aurora Harbor. The commercial grand prize winner was Matt Cole with Chan III in Harris Harbor. Each was awarded $100 cash and a $250 Willie’s Marine Gift Certificate for their efforts.