Social Scene: Marco Island Yacht Club celebrates annual presentation, blessing of fleet
Despite forecasts of possible rain, the sun was out and it was a beautiful day for Marco Island Yacht Club's annual blessing of the fleet, when 13 boats paraded in review by MIYC Commodore Geoff Walker and his bridge officers.
Each vessel announced its captain and crew and all received a blessing from Yacht Club Chaplain Alan Sandlin from aboard Paradox, a 52’ trawler owned by Yacht Club Bridge officers David Randall and Shelly Derrough.
The Blessing of the Fleet is a traditional invocation of good fortune for boaters. The vessels began to assemble in the Marco River between Factory Bay and the Jolley Bridge beginning at 10 a.m. and then paraded past the Marco Island Yacht Club at 11.
The nautical parade was led by Irish Mist, a 65’ ocean cruiser, owned by past Commodore Ray Rosenberg. In addition to members’ boats, participants included two boats from the local Power Squadron, the Marco Island Princess, and the Marco Island Police boat.