Photos: lighted boat parade at Brandt’s Landing Marina

Orcas Island Yacht Club's incoming commodore John MacLeod bent his ear to hear little ones' shyly whispered wishes.

Over 150 people visited the docks at Eastsound’s Brandt’s Landing Marina the evening of Saturday, Dec. 10 to oooh and aaaah over boats strung with colorful lights and candy canes.

New commodore John MacLeod presided over the Orcas Island Yacht Club-hosted event. Fittingly attired as Old Saint Nick, he handed out tiny candy canes, collected small wishes and welcomed families aboard a boat laden with fancy holiday cookies, hot cider and cocoa.

Due to foggy weather, the boats didn’t actually parade along the north shore of Orcas this year, but yacht club representatives say the boats will be lighted again next year. They’re hoping for even more participation from boaters, and plan to parade in 2012 if at all possible.