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August 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Your guide to Fleet Week, hydroplanes and the Blue Angels this weekend

Sailors on board the USS Bunker Hill, foreground, line the ship in their dress whites as the USS Halsey follows behind in the parade on Elliott Bay Wednesday (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times). View more photos.

Corrected version

We posted earlier about the Blue Angels and I-90 closures — the complete schedule of closures is at the bottom of this post — but other Seafair festivities will be going on this weekend. For complete Seafair events, go to the Seafair website calendar.

It’s Fleet Week and the USS New Orleans, USS Halsey and USS Bunker Hill, along with one Coast Guard vessel and three Royal Canadian Navy ships are in town. Some of the ships will be offering tours to the public through Sunday. Kids must 8 years of age or older to tour the ships. The ships will participate in other events as well — they were part of today’s Parade of Ships, which photographer Alan Berner captured in the photo at the top of this post.

The hydroplane action begins on Friday with qualifying races at 2:50 p.m., and heats continuing Saturday and Sunday, culminating in the Albert Lee Cup H1 Unlimited Final at 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Watch from Stan Sayres Pits and Genesee Park. More detailed information below.

Qualifying: Friday, 2:50 p.m.

Saturday schedule: Unlimited Heats 1A(3:10 p.m.), 1B (3:30 p.m.), and 1C (4:05 p.m.)

Sunday schedule: Unlimited Heats 2A (10:25 a.m.), 2B (10:40 a.m.) and 2C (10:55 a.m.); Heats 3A (12:10 p.m.) and 3B (12:30 p.m.); Provisional Heat (2:55 p.m.); Albert Lee Cup H1 Unlimited Final (4:45 p.m.).

Tickets: Friday: General admission free; reserved grandstand $20; Saturday and Sunday: Reserved grandstand $40; general admission $25 advance and $30 at the gate for adults, $10 for age 65-over and youth age 6-12. Pass for both Saturday-Sunday, $30.

And finally, for all you Blue Angels fans, here’s their schedule of events:

Thursday: 9:45 a.m. – noon and 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Circle and Arrival maneuvers over Seattle.
Friday: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Practice Show over Lake Washington
Saturday and Sunday: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Boeing Air Show over Lake Washington

And here’s the Bridge Closure Information for those of you avoiding the Blue Angels mess:

Thursday: First Closure – 9:45 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Second Closure – 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: 12:45 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Correction: A graphic that ran on this post incorrectly showed that the USS Bunker Hill will be moored at Pier 48. It will be moored at Terminal 46N.

 

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