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Canyon Lake boaters invited to Opening Day of Boating Season and Blessing of the Boats event

The Canyon Lake Yacht Club is once again hosting Canyon Lake’s Opening Day of Boating Season and Blessing of the Boats, set to take place on Saturday, April 6. The ceremony signals the official start of boating season in Canyon Lake. All boaters are invited to participate.

Boats will start assembling at 1:30 p.m. in two designated locations: Holiday Harbor Park docks and on the main lake near the boat tunnel. Yacht Club boats will be stationed at both locations to provide guidance and escort the boats to the ceremony location on the main lake at 2 p.m.

In keeping with the tradition of opening day and fleet blessing events, boaters are encouraged to adorn their vessels with ribbons, flags, and flowers. Yacht Club boats will be displaying club burgees and flags.

Yacht Club Commodore Rob Mora will be presiding over the event, joined by members of the Yacht Club, Canyon Lake City Council, and the POA Board of Directors. A color guard from local Boy Scout Troop 2011 will present the flag for the singing of the national anthem.

The Shoreline Yacht Club of Long Beach will be in attendance to blast their cannon guests, maintaining a tradition that began when cannon blasts were used to crack ice on spring harbors so that boats could navigate after the event.

After the short ceremony, boats will form a single-line parade following the Yacht Club’s lead boat. The flotilla will then pass the dock where a blessing will be extended to each watercraft and crew for a safe and enjoyable boating season.

The Yacht Club flagship boat will then lead the participating boats on a slow parade around the main lake.

For those who prefer to spectate, non-boaters are invited to witness the ceremony from the main causeway, ensuring everyone can share in the excitement of this community event.

The Blessing of the Boats is a century-old tradition. This annual festival was an important part of boating life as captains, crews, and families sought divine favor for bountiful catches and safety for working boats and the men who served on them. Today, annual blessing events are held by most yacht clubs and boating fleets around the world.

The club invites boaters back to the lake in the evening for its Pop Up Cruise. Boats will meet at the Holiday Harbor Docks at 5:30 for drinks and shared appetizers. Attendees should bring their own drinks and an appetizer to share. Boats will depart for a sunset cruise at 6 p.m.

Formed in 1990, the Yacht Club has a current membership of more than 400. The membership is comprised of residents of all ages and all interests. Boat ownership is not required to be a member. The Canyon Lake Yacht Club is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.canyonlakeyachtclub.org.

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