Boaters in Newport Beach don't drag their vessels out of the water for the winter. After all, chunks of ice would be hard to find floating in the harbor.
No matter. Like their counterparts in less-hospitable climates, where yacht clubs shut down as snowy days loom, Southern Californians want to celebrate the tradition of opening day too.
One by one, local yacht clubs are kicking off the season with traditional pomp.
"It becomes more or less their hour of shine to start the season," said Morrie Willkie, commodore of the Southern California Yachting Assn.
The Los Angeles Yacht Club kicked off in late January as an example, while the others in the association planned to follow suit in March, April, May and June.
Most will follow the same protocol for opening day: A color guard will present the flags. The Pledge of Allegiance will be recited. A choral group might sing the national anthem, or another patriotic song.