Annual Blessing of the Fleet

Posted by OCVA / March 15, 2014

Since the 1950s Newports Blessing of the Fleet has continued the custom of asking for prayers for protection at sea, bountiful catches, and peace of mind for the families at home.

The Blessing is open to any and all who wish to ask blessings on their fishing vessel, charter vessel, pleasure craft, or research vessel.

The challenging Survival Suit Races at the Newport Tradewinds dock below Mo’s Annex. The actual blessing takes place at 1:00 PM on Yaquina Bay.

The days events also include a Memorial Service at the Fishermen’s Memorial Sanctuary at Yaquina Bay State Park. This service is meant to offer support and encouragement to the families and community while remembering Lincoln County fishermen lost at sea. Participants are encouraged to bring a flower to add to a communal bouquet in remembrance of their friend or loved one.

The parade will get underway at 12:45 PM, from the area near the Ports international terminal.

Anyone wishing to participate can pick up a vessel registration form at Schiewe Marine or Englund Marine Supply stores on Newports bayfront. All registrations need to be returned to Schiewes or Englunds by 11:00 AM, the morning of The Blessing.

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