39 vessels joined the Harbour parade to be blessed at noon, on a perfect Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, in Colington Harbour, a record number of boats and their crews turned out in hopes of a safe and happy season with the grace of God.  Anyone monitoring VHF Channel 68 heard the introduction of Reverend Teresa Holloway, of Colington United Methodist Church, by U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member, Holton Bond. The Reverend led all in honoring America’s fallen service members, and invited all to hear a special prayer, and scripture reading, blessing those who venture forth on the sea.

The order of the lineup, as in previous years, was sailboats first, large powerboats, followed by smaller power boats and even kayaks.  For safety’s sake, vessels remained in the staging area of Tartan Inlet, and were led out by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boat.  They then circled the harbor, passed the pontoon boat at the park and received the Pastor’s blessing, then returned down Tartan Inlet. Later, complimentary vessel safety checks were offered by the Auxiliary, and only kind suggestions were given for any missing safety equipment.

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boats in line for blessing
Boats are lined up to be Blessed

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Some were well decorated

Rev Holloway blesses the boats
The Reverend Teresa Holloway blesses the boats

The Czech Mate gets blessed

Sweet Shu is here too
Sweet Shu comes by

Yellow Submarine
Yellow Submarine is here too

Photo credits- JC Falconer