Sarasota Yacht Club continues long tradition of “Blessing of the Fleet”
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) -Blessing the fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities but here on the Suncoast, it has become an integral part of the boating community.
Over 31 decorated boats of all shapes and sizes approached the center dock at the Sarasota Yacht Club for a boat parade, while being blessed by the Rev. Fausto Stampiglia from St. Martha Catholic Church and the Rev. Ken Blyth from St. Armands Key Lutheran Church as they continue a long tradition, to ensure a safe and bountiful season.
“They prayed for safety and good harvest from the sea,” said Sarasota Yacht Club Commodore Brian Will.
Will said not only does this tradition stand for safety but also being thankful.
“It is a spirit of gratefulness of all the good things we have in our lives and the blessings that we have and for those who do believe in a faith-based lifestyle,” said Will.
Will said this is also good for the Suncoast community. “Anything that brings visibility to the good things that we are doing at the Sarasota Yacht Club is a positive,” said Will.
Former boat parade winner Colleen Kenefick agrees with Will’s sentiments. She said the parade has its way of being inclusive to those who are not members of the Yacht club.
“I think it’s a great tradition for the new members of the club and also for people who are not boaters of the club,” said Kenefick. “They are invited to go on other members’ boats and be a part of the parade.”
The parade continued into Sunday evening and attendees will vote on which boat deserves the “Most Spirited Boat” award.
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