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Blessing of the Fleet 2024

  • 02/17/2024
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • DBC Clubhouse


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Please join us for out annual Blessing of the Fleet!!

This year’s Blessing of the Fleet will be with Pastor Whitney Burton-Smith, from the Church of the Good Shepherd, officiating.

  • All members are invited to participate in this event.
  • We are offering both in-person blessings as well as virtual blessings.
  • This event will take place rain or shine!
  • Following the blessing of the boats, we will honor members that passed away in the past year, and have a blessing of the Clubhouse and DBC members.


If you would like to have your boat blessed, please signup via the blue “Register” button on this page.  
NOTE:  Online signup is requested for both in person and virtual blessings.

  • In-Person Blessings:  For in-person blessings, please meet at the Clubhouse at the designated time.  If your boat is not located in the Dunedin Marina, please bring a picture of your boat with you to the Clubhouse or make arrangements with the harbor master for temporary mooring.
  • Virtual Blessing:  For those unable to attend in person, please email a picture of your boat to Chris Benson and she will have your boat blessed during the virtual blessings.  Be sure to include your name and boat name in the email so Chris can match you to the online registration.

We hope to see you there!!

Background on Blessing of the Fleet from Wikipedia:

The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities. The practice began predominantly Catholic, but is now practiced by all Christians as a blessing from the local priest and pastors that is meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.

In most ports, the event was brought by immigrants who held strongly to their Christian religious beliefs. The events that are part of the ritual vary by community and range from a simple ceremony to a multi-day festival including a church service, Parades, Pageantry, Dancing, Feasting, and Contests.

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