Blessing of the Boats

Sunday 14 February, 2.00pm
@ Island Bay Beach
About The Event

 

Unique to Island Bay, the Blessing of the Boats ceremony has been adopted in Island Bay by its Italian community since 1933.

It always attracts large crowds to the coastline, who come to watch boats from all over Wellington line up to be blessed for safe carriage and bountiful catches.

Each year, local and visiting Clergy venture out into the Bay to bless the fishing boats after they've made a trip around Tapu te Ranga Island. So many boats and so much activity really makes this something special to see.

The 2021 Blessing of the Boats will be officiated by Father Jeff Drane and Rev Lance Lukin, with MC Paul Elenio.

Organised by Lew Robinson.

Safety Notice

Swimming, Kayaks & other water activities are not permitted in the Bay beyond 20m of the shoreline between 2 & 3pm during this event.

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