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Gulf Harbors Yacht Club hosts Blessing of the Fleet in New Port Richey

Gulf Harbors Yacht Club is hosting the 37th Blessing of the Fleet on April 5 at the club in New Port Richey.

The ceremony is open to the public, and any boat may participate. A special invitation is extended to boat owners in Gulf Harbors Woodlands, Gulf Harbors and Sea Forest. Skippers should bring their boats to the basin off the Yacht Club at 12:45 p.m. and monitor Channel 68 for instructions. Between 35 and 50 boats are expected to participate.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Pasco County Sheriff Marine Patrol will accompany the procession, leading them down the channel, then back past the Yacht Club, where they will receive their blessing from Father Mario Maczocchi, assisted by fleet chaplin Mary Jo Langie. Blessing of the Fleet certificates will be issued to all participating boats.

Following the service, boats can also follow the lead boat into the gulf, where they will be joined by the Hanna V with the commodore, fleet Captain Joe Hecker.

A wreath will be cast onto the water in memory of the deceased members in 2008-2009.

Special invited guests include U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, and his father, former U.S. Rep. Mike Bilirakis, county Commissioner Ann Hildebrand and Pasco County Sheriff Bob White.

Dinner will be served following the ceremonies at 5 p.m. Reservations are required and dinner is open to the public. Contact Gulf Harbors Yacht Club at (727) 849-4559 for reservations. Spectators can view the event from the seawall of the Yacht Club, located at 3926 Marine Parkway.

For more information, contact Assistant Fleet Captain Alice Conway at (727) 372-2416 or Hecker at (813) 996-9594.

RUNNING: The seventh annual Chasco Main Street Mile will be March 21 at noon, starting at the Schwettman Education Center on Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey.

Participants must register by Friday. The cost is $12 for 17 and under, $17 for adults and $20 on race day. Each participant will receive a medal. Checks can be made to the Gulf High School Athletic Booster Club and mailed to 5636 Alto Ave., Port Richey, FL 34668.

For more information, call Gulf High School at (727) 774-3300.

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