Port of Washington Yacht Club

Washington, DC 20024

2015 Blessing of the Fleet Materials
2015 BLESSING OF THE FLEET – Important Information & Parade Details


  • You made it to the right place!  Follow this link to the registration form.
  • Help us spread the word! A printable POSTER can be found here.  Be sure to distribute them freely!

Course Map

  • Be sure you have read the course map.  The map includes important safety information. You can download it here.
  • Be sure to complete the entire course!  Proceed all the way to the north end around the safety vessel near the fish market.


  • The blessing will be given from the Events Barge at the T-Head of K-Dock at Gangplank Marina.   We plan to display helium filled balloons to help you identify the blessing location..
  • The blessing will be given over Channel 72.


  • In case of non-emergency vessel malfunction that may interrupt traffic, contact parade control on channel 67.  A tender will be on site to assist you. 
  • The parade may be cancelled if sustained winds exceed 10 knots.  Fleet captains will be notified by 11:00 am of a cancellation.
  • Be Alert! Neighboring clubs and charter services have been notified, however cross traffic, vessels at anchorage, and non-participating vessels may present a navigational hazard.
  • There will be unavoidable interruptions to the procession due to traffic in the channel.  Keep a safe distance and be alert!

Roster and Times

  • The final roster of vessels will be posted here closer to the event.

  • IMPORTANT:  Each vessel has been assigned an identification letter and number that can be found on the roster.  This will aid greatly in helping the clergy identify your vessel.  You can download the identifiers here or simply hand-write it on a sheet of paper in large legible characters.  We advise that you post it on both sides of your vessel.  This will make it easier for your fleet captain to identify you from either direction.

  • Note: It is not necessary to get your group in exact order (A-1, A-2, A-3, etc).  As long as you have your numbers displayed we can identify you.



Organization                                      Time                    No. of Vessels



Clubs will be in order by established year. 


POWYC and CYC will be hosting an informal RAFT-UP after the event in the Washington Channel....a great way to enjoy the rest of the day!


Darryl Madden

Rear Commodore for Cruising Events

Port of Washington Yacht Club


[email protected]


Blessing of the Fleet - Saturday May 16, 2015

"Blessing of the Fleet" is a time-honored tradition that began many centuries ago with some of the earliest seafaring cultures.  At the beginning of the season, vessels are blessed by a priest, minister, or non-denominational celebrant in order to ensure a safe and bountiful season.  POWYC organizes our region's Blessing of the Fleet each Spring-- a jubilant event that has drawn as many as 100 boats from several marinas and yacht clubs in the area to celebrate the beginning of the boating season.

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