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Blessing of the Fleet


Event July 29

Blessing of the Fleet
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Great Sandy Straits
1 Buccaneer Drive
Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655 Australia
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Fraser Coast Tourism and Events 4191 2600 events@fcte.com.au www.herveybaywhalefestival.com.au

Hervey Bay’s traditional Blessing of the Fleet at the Great Sandy Straits Marina, to herald the start of the 2022 whale watching season, will not be held this year because access to the marina complex for this event has not been agreed by the leaseholder.

The Blessing is a centuries-old tradition believed to have originated in Mediterranean fishing communities to ensure a safe and prosperous season for all vessels. To keep the tradition alive in Hervey Bay, it is planned to add a blessing ceremony to the annual Paddle Out for Whales event on Sunday 31 July 2022.

Because of the tight harbour docking area at other marina complexes, and the shallowness of the Bay close to the shoreline, the Great Sandy Straits Marina is the only possible venue for a blessing event providing close access to the boats. We hope a harbour blessing can be staged in the future and FCTE will continue to advocate for this with all parties.