The blessing of the fleet is open to all who wish to attend. A $5 donation is being requested from each participating boat. | File
The blessing of the fleet is open to all who wish to attend. A $5 donation is being requested from each participating boat. | File

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Yacht club plans annual boat blessing

Published 11:34am Saturday, April 6, 2013

The eighth annual Blessing of the Fleet event, hosted by StillWaters Yacht Club, is set for Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m.

According to Jerry Lopez, power fleet captain of the yacht club, the blessings will take place in the water just off Harbor Pointe Marina in Dadeville. The event is open to all parties.

“You normally see a blessing of the fleet … down in Mobile as conducted by the archbishop of Mobile for people who are regular fishermen as well as normal people who like to go out and fish,” Lopez said. “They get their boats blessed for protection from storms.”

The Rev. David Carboni of Red Ridge United Methodist Church in Dadeville will perform the blessings.

“Pastor Carboni will be positioned on a pontoon boat anchored out in the water,” Lopez said. “What we’re asking is that whatever boats would like to participate in the blessing of the fleet circle to the east, which is toward Blue Creek Marina, and then they’ll form a line and come up next to the pontoon boat where Pastor Carboni will be. He’ll go ahead and bless the boat.”

Lopez said the yacht club will request a $5 donation from each participating boat, with funds going toward outreach ministries of Red Ridge United Methodist Church.

Lopez said participants are welcome to come to the yacht club before the event for coffee, pastries and other breakfast items.

“And if they’d like to come back after (the blessing), they can partake with the other StillWaters Yacht Club members in a luncheon because we’re looking for some new members,” Lopez said.

Breakfast and lunch items will be free, Lopez said.

“It’s a pot luck – everybody brings food, so there will be plenty available,” he said.

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