Blessing of the Waters

Wow what a great day, meeting up at 10.30 at the park & ride we made our way down the hard to find Velocity.  She had been out with the ladies for a training session.  Although she had been worked hard, the glint on her blades showed she was ready to go out again.  On the hottest day of the year at some 27 degrees we made our way, passing Point Clear on route to Lee Over Sands.  The conversation on board was entertaining as usual, our guest for the day had traveled from Atlanta Georgia just to join in.  After a gentle warm up we made our way back to the Hard where we tied up and listened to the Blessing of the Waters ceremony.  This event has taken place for over 100s years and links the Cinque port of Brightlingsea with the other 4 in Kent.
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VIP's from the Kent ports joined our own dignitaries in full regalia including smocks and gold chains of office.  The Motley Crew sang shanties while Sea Cadets and Scouts paraded.
We raised our oars in honor as the dignitaries passed velocity on their way down the jetty to board the barge Dawn.  Many stopped and admired Velocity showing a real affection for her.
Once they boarded they set off to Batemans Tower making the traditional loud noises of hooters and anything else noisy that comes to hand.
We joined the procession  proudly flying our Brightlingsea and BCRC flags.
Once the larger vessels had dropped anchor we made our way back and put Velocity back in the yard for a rest, she had enjoyed the day also.
We rounded the day with a nice pint on the Colne Sailing Club balcony looking over the water.
Wonderful day....