NEW PORT RICHEY — The 40th annual Blessing of the Fleet attracted 21 boats to the procession on Palm Sunday at Gulf Harbors Yacht Club.
Vessels received blessings from the Rev. Sebastian Earthedath, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
All participants received Blessing of the Fleet certificates. Commodore Kathy Hockenberry, with the help of fleet captain Bob Frankel, transferred certificates utilizing a bamboo pole to reach the participating captains in their boats.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-6 and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol escorted the procession of boats to the Gulf of Mexico where a wreath-laying ceremony took place.
The ashes of past director Ed Hecock, a member since 2005, were scattered over the Gulf by his wife, Bonnie Hecock of New Port Richey.
At a ceremony before the procession, Gulf High School JROTC cadets posted the colors. Gulf High School students provided the music.