Blessing of the fleet
Join us as we kick off a safe boating season at the first annual Fort Pierce Blessing of the Fleet on Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the Intracoastal Waterway.
The Blessing of the Fleet is a time-honored tradition where vessels are blessed to mark the beginning of a safe boating season. From powerboats to sailboats, canoes to kayaks and riverside spectators, this tradition is for you! Help us celebrate Fort Pierce’s historic waterfront during this unique event. The procession will begin at the Turning Basin and parade east toward the Fort Pierce Inlet each boat will be blessed as they pass the Coast Guard vessel.
Everyone is invited to a free Community BBQ following the parade with marine safety booths, demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard and live music starting at 12:00 PM at South Causeway Park (414 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce).
The procession will begin at 11:00 AM in the Turning Basin and parade east toward the Fort Pierce Inlet each boat will be blessed as they pass the Coast Guard vessel. There is a flyer attached below indicating the staging area with Coast Guard present to welcome you as you arrive. USCG is requesting all channels to utilize VHF 81 Alpha for broadcast throughout the blessing; if you are experiencing any radio difficulties, please switch to channel 16 to communicate directly with Coast Guard. We suggest you show up a few minutes before hand to allow for boating traffic. All boaters are asked to keep a safe distance of 50 feet between vessels when in route.
This event is made possible thanks to a partnership between the City of Fort Pierce, Fort Pierce City Marina, St. Andrews Episcopal Academy, Freedom Boat Club and the United States Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce.