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17th Annual Blessing Of The Fleet

The Steppingstone Blessing of the Fleet Committee, a partnership between the Great Neck Park District, the Steppingstone Yacht Club, and the Stepping Stone Sailing Club, invites the entire community to its 17th Annual Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, June 9.  The special festivities take place at the dock in Steppingstone Park beginning at noon (rain or shine).


The Blessing of the Fleet is intended to serve as a commemorative celebration marking the opening of the boating season.  It provides the community with an opportunity to wish all mariners and vessels in the Steppingstone Marina a season of fair skies and safe boating. 


Greetings, benedictions and good wishes will be offered to the vessels that pass in review before the dock and to all vessels moored or anchored in the marina.  Dignitaries on shore will include members of the local clergy, Great Neck and Nassau County officials and legislators, and other community representatives. 


The Blessing of the Fleet is open to all local mariners, from Great Neck and surrounding communities, with vessels of all sizes and types -- sail, power or even self-propelled. There will be jet skis, kayaks, day-sailers, fishing boats and cruising vessels. In addition to local mariners, there will be official vessels from New York City, Nassau County, Town of North Hempstead and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.  The public is invited to participate in the good wishes and enjoy the spectacle.


This special day will also provide everyone in the community with an opportunity to learn about the various activities that take place around the Steppingstone Marina and to celebrate the beauty of the Steppingstone waterfront.