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Cape Fear Yacht Club – Blessing of the Fleet – 2022

April 3 @ 2:00 pm

Cape Fear Yacht Club – Blessing of the Fleet – 2022

 

The Cape Fear Yacht Club will be hosting the 27th Annual Blessing of the Fleet at 2:00 pm, Sunday April 3rd on the Southport Yacht Basin waterfront. The Blessing is free to all and all are welcome.

The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing villages. A blessing from Rector Eric Mills, St. Philips Episcopal Church, and Chaplin of the Cape Fear Yacht Club, is meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season. For decades it has been embraced by U.S. yacht clubs to mark the beginning of the sailing/boating season. The Southport Historical Society cannon, Thor, will fire a round to initiate the ceremony. The Blessing Boat, a 36-foot long, TollyCraft, named “Long Weekend”, captained by Vice Commodore Will Long, will be in a slip, bow-first, at Provisions Company in the Southport Yacht Basin.

ALL boaters; power and sail, big and small, pleasure, commercial, Coast Guard, Law Enforcement, paddle, and kayaks, are encouraged to participate in this annual event. Boats are to gather between Marker 18 in the Cape Fear River, and Marker 1 in the ICW monitoring Channel 78. A safety boat will assist with lining all vessels up in order and then the procession will proceed past the Blessing Boat to receive a blessing and flower. (Please try to arrive by 1:30 PM to allow for lining up logistics and safety guidance).

The public is invited to watch and cheer on the captains. You may do so from American Fish Company (150 Yacht Basin Dr), or there is very limited space on the Provisions Company dock (130 Yacht Basin Dr). Other vantage points are inside Provisions Company itself, which is set to open for the season in March, or Fishy Fishy Café (106 Yacht Basin Dr). If planning on being inside any of these establishments come early, for as anyone who has lived in Southport for any length of time knows, once opened for the season, everyone wants to get outside and heads towards the waterfront bars and restaurants.

For more information contact: Rich Alt, CFYC Fleet Captain
703-507-7448 or [email protected]

 

Details

Date:
April 3
Time:
2:00 pm
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Venue

Waterfront Park
Bay Street
Southport, NC
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Details

Date:
April 3
Time:
2:00 pm
Event Categories:
,

Venue

Waterfront Park
Bay Street
Southport, NC
+ Google Map

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