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Commodore Bob DeFeo, left, Chaplain Ed Sellers and Safety Officer Dave Everitt take their places as the shore crew. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Commodore Bob DeFeo, left, Chaplain Ed Sellers and Safety Officer Dave Everitt take their places as the shore crew. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Commodore Bob DeFeo, left, Chaplain Ed Sellers and Safety Officer Dave Everitt take their places as the shore crew. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The size of the crew wasn't necessarily dependent on the size of the boat. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lois Dixon's 'Tri Power' sports a colorful display of nautical flags. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chaplain Ed Sellers sprinkles water from his asperges to perform the blessing. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lois Dixon's 'Tri Power' sports a colorful display of nautical flags. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Commodore Bob DeFeo watches the yachts come in. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Capt. Pete Frazier's 'Grand Pelican' is bedecked with nautical flags. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Luwayne Arnold and Don Andretta of the Marco Island Strummers play patriotic tunes for the boats and their captains. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Tigress, under Capt. Roy Hershberger, takes its turn being blessed. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Commodore Bob DeFeo salutes 'Ces't la Vie.' The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Tigress, under Capt. Roy Hershberger, takes its turn being blessed. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Officers and Chaplain Ed Sellers salute as Frank LaFerrara sings the National Anthem over the VHF radio. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Commodore Bob DeFeo salutes 'Ces't la Vie.' The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Tigress, under Capt. Roy Hershberger, takes its turn being blessed. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Caitlin Robinson's shoes lend a festive touch. The Marco Island Yacht Club held their Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday morning, with members' boats passing in review. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Saturday morning, the Marco Island Yacht Club held their annual Presentation and Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, with a baker’s dozen of the club’s vessels passing in review before their officers, and receiving the blessing of the chaplain. The MIYC bridge, those of them in attendance, broke out their dress whites and snappy nautical caps, and saluted as the boats passed, carrying on a centuries-old tradition.

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