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Blessing of the Fleet – Tellico Lake – April 26th

Boat Blessing 

The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities.

The practice is predominantly Catholic and a blessing from the local priest was meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season. However, both the ancient Greeks and Romans held elaborate ceremonies when their ships were christened, not much different from our ship launches of today.

Parties were held, toasts of wine to the honored deity, a blessing from the high priest, and water poured over the boat, were the basic events of the ceremony. Any deviation from these events was considered a bad omen, with the result being a tragedy at sea. Poseidon, who was considered the God of the sea, as well as earthquakes and horses, was a favorite of the Greeks to ask for protection. The Romans preferred Neptune, who was also considered a God of the sea. Some Native Americans, who painted symbols or animals on their canoes, also held launch ceremonies consisting of feasts, prayers and blessings.

The Tellico Cruising Club proudly sponsors this beautiful tradition on Tellico Lake and it is open to all vessels on the lake, but your boat MUST be registered prior to the event! Please contact Bob Mazzola to register, romazz321@gmail.com 865-657-9306, Cell 708-227-1871. The rendezvous point is in the open area just outside the Tellico Village Yacht Club guest docks.

After the ceremony, join the revelry at the Tellico Village Pavilion on Tugaloo Lane for food, drinks, and friendship.

Cost: $6 per boat. This is a “pot luck” so please be reminded to bring a dish to share with others, and your own beverage of choice.

During the 2013 Blessing of the Fleet, Pastor Brian Truog from Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church gave the Blessing & Retired Captain Naval Officer Joe Solymossy saluted each vessel.

During the 2013 Blessing of the Fleet, Pastor Brian Truog from Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church gave the Blessing as Club Commander Errol Keith and Retired Captain Naval Officer Joe Solymossy saluted each vessel.

 

Posted: April 14, 2014