Provided by Occoquan River Maritime Association (ORMA)
More than a hundred and fifty recreational boats are anticipated to take part in the Blessing of the Fleet on May 19. The Occoquan River Maritime Association (ORMA) is sponsoring the event. The Blessing of the Fleet is open to all boats in the area, drawing from a fleet of some 2,500 boats on the Occoquan River and hundreds more in neighboring areas.
Both on-the-water and land activities are planned this year. A VIP boat with local dignitaries aboard, led by fire boats and first responders, will cruise to the Town of Occoquan and then proceed down river past the Blessing Boat, Rhumb Line, to be blessed by clergy starting at 9:15 a. m. Then, starting at 10:00 a.m., the Town of Occoquan will host its first ever Discover Occoquan Day (read this article for more information).
The Blessing of the Fleet day’s schedule is posted on the website OccoquanBlessing.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/events/397645877375336. Spectators can view the boat parade from The Town of Occoquan’s dock at 205 Mill Street and River Mill Park at 458 Mill Street. Food specials will be offered at the Electric Palm at Prince William Marina in Woodbridge, at the new Harbour Grille at Occoquan Harbour Marina in Woodbridge, and at Tim’s Rivershore on the Potomac River in Dumfries.
ORMA was established in 1999 to assist business, yacht clubs and recreational boaters relating to navigation, ecology, environmental preservation and boating safety/education. In addition to coordinating the annual Blessing of the Fleet, ORMA has played a role keeping the Occoquan River Channel navigable.