Blessing of the Fleet




11:30 am

 Macatawa Bay Yacht Club Invites You To:

the annual fleet review with


the blessing of the fleet

Memorial Day,     Monday, May 26, 2014    11:30 AM
MBYC sails into summer with the Annual Blessing of the Fleet for all area boaters on Memorial Day.
Commodore Bob Malone encourages all area boaters to take part in the annual “Blessing of the Fleet” event. The MBYC  Commodores and Father Charles Brown will stand in front of the Club facing Lake Macatawa where they will respectively review and bless the fleet.

All boats rendezvous at 11:15am at the orange buoy located east of the Club. Please maintain approximately 4 boat lengths between vessels. Communications will be held on VHF channel 69.  The sailing vessel “TALARIA” will lead the parade of boats. At 11:30am, with the sound of a gun, the parade will begin. Each vessel will pass in front of MBYC and, as it comes abeam, the vessel’s captain and crew will exchange salutes with the Commodore, receive the vessel’s blessing and proceed towards and around the “Green Channel Marker” leaving room for the remaining vessels. When the Commodore returns the salute of each yacht, the Reverend will give a short blessing and move on to the next yacht where the procedure is repeated. Two guns will sound at the completion of the “Blessing of the Fleet”.

All yachts participating in the ceremony are encouraged, but not required, to dress ship with signal flags in traditional order.

For any further information, please contact MBYC, 335-5815