The Port of Washington Yacht Club will be hosting the annual "Blessing of the Fleet" flotilla this weekend along the Washington Channel. From the press release:
For the last 36 years, the Washington Channel has been the focus of the annual “Blessing of the Fleet”. First organized by the Washington Waterfront Association, the Port of Washington Yacht Club took over the ceremony five years ago to enhance the tradition on Washington’s Southwest Waterfront. Today, nearly 100 boats participate in a parade that features individual boats passing by a reviewing stand and being blessed by clergy before then sailing or motoring back to their home ports. The ceremony features a flag‐raising event and live music. This year’s event is Saturday, May 14, 2011. Festivities will begin at 12:00 noon...Interested people are encouraged to view the flotilla as it comes up the Washington Channel toward the Blessing platform. Views are best from Hains Point and East Potomac Park (north side) and 7th Street Landing (7th & Water Streets, SW).
The Port of Washington Yacht Club is an organization comprised of liveaboard and recreational boaters, Washington, DC residents, and associates members from across the country, with its headquarters located along the Southwest Waterfront. Its mission is to promote clean river and boating safety initiatives along the Potomac River, its tributaries, and the Chesapeake Bay.