Blessing of the Flee April 28
This year, our popular EYC rite of spring, the annual Blessing of the Fleet, is scheduled for Saturday, April 28.
We are fortunate to have our official EYC Chaplain, the Reverend Jeff Paulson, to officiate. Bagpiper Randy Welch also is returning this year for the ceremony!
The Blessing begins at 2 p.m. with a memorial to those we have lost during the past year and continues with an individual blessing for every vessel in the marina and on the premises, from kayaks to the largest yachts, so owners should plan to be standing by for their own individual blessing accompanied by the piper. Reverend Jeff also offers blessings to those moored and passing nearby.
Those who have boats on premises are asked to please try to "dress" them or display your burgee proudly. Please see below for more information, or check out the "Flags Afloat" portion of the "EYC Protocol" section at the end of the Club Policy in your 2018 Directory.
We expect that this year's Blessing of the Fleet also will include a Flotilla organized by the Cruise Committee. The fleet will gather along the Naval Academy seawall, Green Can #1, at 2 p.m. and parade past the EYC docks. Participants are asked to monitor VHF Channel 71. (Don't have a boat and want to join in? Be at the marina about 1 p.m. and we'll find you a ride.)
If you can’t bring your boat to the club for the event, never fear – once again there will be vials of blessed water to take away and share with your vessel wherever she lies.
A BURGEE ON EVERY EYC BOAT BY APRIL 28!
The EYC burgee is our club’s symbol. It flies proudly atop our gaff-rigged flagpole. We wear it on our hats and shirts and jackets and other items sold by Outfitters. It is our parking sticker. But why does our burgee not fly proudly on every EYC boat berthed in our marina? Let’s start showing our club pride -- and honor yachting tradition -- by ensuring that every EYC boat is flying a burgee in time for the Blessing of the Fleet on April 23. Buy one for your boat, or for a friend if you are a guest or crew. There should be a sea of proud EYC burgees flying all year as we look out from the club deck. Outfitters can advise you on burgee etiquette, including what size burgee based on your boat’s length. All sizes are currently in stock. Show your true colors and buy a burgee today!
According to the United States Power Squadron, “ All other flags such as club burgees, officer flags, and private signals for use on sailboats should be approximately 1/2 inch on the fly for each foot above the waterline of the tallest mast on the boat. (That is, if the top of the mast is 30 feet above the waterline, these other flags should be 15 inches on the fly.) On powerboats, these flags should be 5/8 inch on the fly for each foot of overall length. "