19th Annual Blessing of the Fleet
The Cape Fear Yacht Club will be conducting the 19th annual Blessing of the Fleet on March 16, 2014. This tradition was started by the CFYC in 1995. Blessing of the Fleet is a worldwide custom that began centuries ago in the Mediterranean when fishermen would gather at the start of the season to receive a blessing to assure a safe and successful fishing year. We continue this tradition by extending a blessing to sailors in the Cape Fear area.
All watercraft captains and crew are encouraged to join the on-water procession that will begin at 1:30pm near the Southport City Pier at the end of Howe Street. The Blessing Boat, Knot to Worry, owned by Dick and Pam Roberts and operated by Captain Billy and Donna Coleman. Commodore Ray Bolling, CFYC Chaplain Ann Jahnes, and Fleet Captain Chris Webster will be on board. The Blessing Boat will serve as the focal point of the procession. The ceremony begins with a Bread Anchor that is cast upon the water with a prayer that will be delivered over VHF channel 68. Watercraft will line up along the waterfront and all that approach the Blessing Boat will receive a single flower as a token for a safe and successful season.
The event will be launched with a cannon shot by 'Thor' from the grounds of Ft.Johnston.
The public is encouraged to come to the Waterfront Park at the end of Howe Street to watch the procession of large and small watercraft: sailboats, powerboats, personal watercraft, kayaks, and paddleboards. One year, a container ship asked for a blessing!