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Blessing of the Fleet 2012

posted Jun 7, 2012, 2:17 PM by Longview Yacht Club
Saturday, 19 May 2012

Blessing of the Fleet: (Brief History) No sport or recreation is more filled with traditions and
lore than yachting. Ever since its beginnings in Europe during the reign of Charles II, the
monarch who is generally credited with ordering the first yacht strictly for pleasure (though many
will argue that Cleopatra was the first yacht owner), ceremony, if not pomp, has been part and
parcel of nautical behavior. Yachtsmen as a group are probably more religious than most sporting
types, perhaps for the reason that the sea breeds fear and respect for the Almighty. Sailors are also
usually superstitious, which in turn has led to many of the rituals and practices connected with the
sport.
The “Blessing of the Fleet” is a centuries-old tradition originating in southern European fishing
communities. A blessing from the local Priest was meant to ensure a bountiful and safe season.
During the springtime of the year all over the world from small fishing villages to large cities
fishermen and yachtsmen conduct an annual Blessing of their boats and the men and women who
work and sail in them. In some localities it is a several day event.
The "Blessing of the Fleet" by the Longview Yacht Club is one of these rituals, which has now
been held for 34 years. Over the years many blessings have been performed providing reflection,
prayer and fellowship for all.

The Reverend Kevin Wittmayer of Trinity Episcopal Church, Longview joined us this year along with his wife Pamela to perform the blessing.

Thanks to everyone who came out and we look forward to a great year of sailing the Lake!

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