2015 Parade by Maureen

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Pictures have been posted from the 2015 Blessing, click on Winners tab for their pictures.
Check back for more pictures as they come in.

2015 Blessing of the Fleet pictures on www.RiverBills.com

2015 Blessing of the Fleet / Parade of Boats pictures by Maureen Weil

2015 Blessing of the Fleet / Parade of Boats pictures by RiverBills.com

Click here to check out our Facebook page for even more pictures!

 

Blast from the Past! Click here for some pics and documents from the 2001 Blessing Parade courtesy of Rita English.

Updated info on Palisades Yacht Club below.

Blessing of the Fleet update:
Date - Saturday August 15th
Theme - Gilligan's Island
Parade of Boats will begin passing the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rivers at 2:15 PM with the Antique and Classic Boat Club / Mississippi Valley Chapter (www.mvcacbs.org) immediately followed by the upstream and downstream parades.

Palisades Yacht Club (www.palisadesyachtclub.com) will have Tim Mauldin DJ playing music the entire day. Totally Toasted Food Truck from 1-5pm including snow cones and ice cold beverages. They plan to have the pool open but bring your own coolers/BYOB! The theme is Gillian's island so decorate your boats and join the parade/blessing! Alton Ski Club/River Road Renegades will be selling 50/50 tickets to off set their winter boat payments!

My River Home Marina / Longshot Saloon / LaRosa Cabana Bar (www.myriverhome.com) will be hosting the Con Trios Yacht Club Scavenger Hunt. Longshot Saloon will be open. In addition the LaRosa Cabana Bar will have Founding Fathers playing and a buffet all day. The Rebel Train Band will be playing from 8 PM to Midnight.

For more information on the Scavenger Hunt go to www.contriosyachtclub.com

 

 

Blessing of the Fleet new date:
The 58th Annual Blessing of the Fleet / Parade of Boats has been rescheduled due to the high water. The new date is Saturday, August 15th, 2015. All times remain the same. Con Trios Yacht Club is having a "Scavenger Hunt" party that same day at My River Home Marina / LaRosa Cabana Bar that also sounds like fun. More information on the Blessing of the Fleet website www.BlessingoftheFleetSTL.com More information on the Con Trios YC Scavenger Hunt on their website www.ConTriosYachtClub.com Hope to see all our fellow boaters down in Portage des Sioux for what is shaping up to be a full fun packed day! Darryll Weil, President, Blessing of the Fleet Inc.

The 2015 Benefit for the Blessing of the Fleet was a huge success!

Yacht Club of St. Louis staff had the pool looking fantastic and kept the food and beverages flowing. The "D" Dock DJs played some great tunes all afternoon. Many Thanks to the Blessing committee members and all that attended!

If you weren't there here are a couple of short videos of the fun you missed.

"Great Ball Splash and Grab 2015"

The Great Ball Splash and Grab

"I need the balls back!"

Every year at the Blessing of the Fleet benefit when the "Great Ball Splash and Grab" is over I need to get the balls back for the next year's event.
Our participants have a unique way of returning them!

I need the balls back

Thank You to the Supporters of The Blessing of the Fleet

Donors and prizes for the Benefit on June 20th at
Yacht Club of St. Louis

Click HERE to see some of the great prizes!

2015 Donors Website Items
Friends 200 piece mechanic's tool set
Friends red cooler on wheels
Friends inflatable cooler/portable picnic table/washer game/wine bag/booze
Alton Marina http://www.altonmarina.com/ 2 - two night slip rentals
Baronwood Kennels http://www.baronwood.com/ basket - gift certificate
Big St. Charles Motorsports http://www.bigstcharlesmotorsports.com/ $50 gift certificate and a Sea Doo bag
Bloch Marine Service http://www.blochmarine.com/ haulout, two TowBoat US unlimited memberships
Boschertown Grand Prix Racing http://www.boschertowngokarts.com/ 2 - $50 gift certificates
Cardinals Care / St. Louis Cardinals http://www.cardinalscare.org/ 2 tickets to a baseball game
Complete Truck and RV http://www.bigrigbody.com/ Firetruck display, gift certificate
Darryll & Maureen   raft and cooler
Duck Club Yacht Club http://www.ducktalesonline.com/ Happy Hour certificate
Grafton Harbor http://www.graftonharbor.net/ 2 overnight Certificates and bottle of wine with each
Hacienda Restaurant http://www.haciendastl.com/ $25 Gift Certificate
Hendricks BBQ http://hendricksbbq.com/ 2 Sample Packs
Identity Salon / Katie Chavez http://www.identitysalonstlouis.com/ Hair Products
JB Fence LLC / Joe Boyer http://www.jbfencellc.com/ 3 Bottles of Crown
Caryl & Karlan Kastendieck   basket goodies
Loading dock http://www.graftonloadingdock.com/ bottle of Peligroso and bottle of Patron
Longshot Saloon http://www.myriverhome.com/ $50 gift certificate, t-shirts, koozies
Mike and Sherry Lorance Budweiser Coast Guard Mirror
My River Home Marina http://www.myriverhome.com/ Winterization, drive service, oil change
Palisades Yacht Club http://www.palisadesyachtclub.com/ Gift bag items and wine
Pole Star Marina http://www.polestarboatingcenter.com/ 2 $25.00 gas certificates
Port Charles Harbor http://www.portcharlesharbor.com/ Gas Gift Certificate
Rookies Bar &Grill 3721 New Town Blvd, St Charles, MO 63301 gift certificate
Scoundrel Captain Dutch Hauhe 2 hour wine cruise  for 4 must be over 21 years of age, 2 bottles of Crown Royal Monarch 75
South 94 Bistro http://www.south94bistro.net/ gift certificate
St. Charles Harley Davidson http://www.stcharlesharleydavidson.com/ Cooler, hat, sunglasses, koolie cup and 
St. Louis Rams http://www.stlouisrams.com/ Jake Long autographed mini helmet and card
Two Rivers Marina http://www.tworiversmarina.com/ $25.00 Gift Certificate
Ultimate Defense http://udrange.com/ 2-1 hour range gift certificates, hat and shirt
Ultimate Defense Concealed carry training course gift certificate
Yacht Club of St. Louis / Sundowners http://stlouisyachtclub.com/ 2- 2 night slips with $20.00 to Sundowners

Update 3/6/2015:

Bill Kelley of www.RiverBills.com graciously hosted the unveiling of the 2015 poster design contest winner during RiverBills Night at the St. Louis Boat and Sportshow. Many Thanks to Bill and Congratulations to all the entrants. The top 3 designers were in attendance and are pictured below. Left to right - Lauren Kastendieck First Place, Kimberly Mueller Second Place and Greg Sadowski Third Place. Susan Bullington Fourth Place not pictured.

2015 poster contest winners

We had one of the Blessing of the Fleet banners on display also.

botf banner

And our host Bill Kelley with the RiverBills Girls.

RiverBills Girls

The first ever poster contest winning design will be unveiled at the RiverBills Night at the St. Louis Boat & SportShow on Thursday March 5th in the 2nd floor lounge area overlooking the show hall. The top 4 entries will be on display.

Trivia facts:

2015 marks the 58th annual Blessing of the Fleet, the 57th Daytona 500, the 57th St. Louis Boat Show and the 49th SuperBowl.
We got 'em on Seniority!

Update 2/8/2015:

The Blessing of the Fleet committee has voted on the first ever official poster design contest. Four entrants submitted design proposals. The committee used a weighted point system to determine the winner by members selecting a first and a second choice. Voting was very close, only a couple of points separated the final selections. The four entrants in order of ranking are:
Winner - Lauren Kastendieck, island with the Shrine statue
2nd place - Kimberly Mueller, Gilligan's Island shipwreck
3rd place - Greg Sadowski, Gilligan's Island crew in a life ring
4th place - Susan Bullington, model of the Blessing by Mr. Folkerts as background
Attached are the four in order of finish. All the entrants can be viewed on the Blessing website at http://www.blessingofthefleetstl.com/poster_submissions_2015/
Many Thanks to all that entered and helped in the voting.
Darryll Weil, President, Blessing of the Fleet, Inc.

Here are the entrants is order of finish:

2015 poster contest finalists

Update 1/1/2015:

The Cakeway to the West auction has officially ended. The cake that was at the Shrine went for $532.

The planned renovations of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rivers are well underway. We are proud to have been able to contribute to the upkeep of the Shrine Thanks to our supporters, particularly those that come to our annual Benefit for the Blessing of the Fleet. Here's a photo from Mark Newlin of Portage des Sioux of the work going on.Shrine renovations by Mark Newlin

Update August 15th 2014:

Posted pictures of this year's Blessing of the Fleet / Parade of Boats from Lisa and Maureen. Click here or on the Photos tab to see all the pics.

Update August 10th 2014:

Fox2Now has the video about the Blessing of the Fleet on their website at http://fox2now.com/2014/08/09/blessing-of-the-fleet-happens-after-flood-delay/

Update August 9th 2014:

Today is the day! Here's a screen cap from http://fox2now.com/2014/07/02/weekends-on-the-web/

Update on 8/7/2014:

Friday August 8th at 10 AM members of the Blessing of the Fleet will be on KSKD Channel 5's "Show Me St. Louis". Click HERE or scroll down for a video from last year's appearance.

FOX2News new boat "AquaFOX" is scheduled to be in the parade filming along with a crew on shore.
Many Thanks to them and Joel Rauch of State A Mind Watersports.AquaFOX
In the photo above: Chris Higgins from FOX2, Joel Rauch from State A Mind and Darryll Weil, President, Blessing of the Fleet Inc.

Update on 7/15/2014:

Interview on FOX2 about the Blessing of the Fleet being postponed.

"Like" us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BlessingoftheFleetSTL

There are many great places to view each section of the parade. Palisades Yacht Club and Longshots Saloon / My River Home Marina in Portage des Sioux immediately upstream from the Shrine, The Boathouse Food & Deck at North Shore Marina, Alton Marina and the Alton Riverfront park, Grafton Harbor, the Grafton Riverfront park, the Loading Dock in Grafton to name a few. Several of these locations will have entertainment, food and drink specials during and after the parade. Here's an incomplete list:

Palisades Yacht Club, 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage des Sioux, MO 63373

Longshot Saloon / My River Home Marina, 1545 Riverview Drive, Portage des Sioux, MO 63373
Outdoor bar and tent by their courtesy docks.

The Boathouse Food & Deck, 601 North Shore Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301
The Boathouse's large decks to view the parade.

Grafton Harbor, 215 West Water Street, Grafton, Illinois 62037

Alton Marina, 1 Henry Street, Alton, Illinois 62002

The Loading Dock Bar & Grill, 400 Front Street, Grafton, Illinois 62037

Click HERE or on the press release below for an Adobe Acrobat pdf file download and printing.

Press Release

Congratulations to our first ever Poster Design Contest Winner Lauren Kastendieck! Here is her winning poster.

Right click on poster and select "Save Image As" to download an print out a copy.

2015 botf poster


Poster printing courtesy of Stolze Printing

Website design and hosting compliments of CaptainWeil Computer Services LLC

THE 2015 BENEFIT FOR THE BLESSING OF THE FLEET WILL BE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 20TH, 2015 AT YACHT CLUB OF ST. LOUIS.

Help us keep this 58 year tradition on the river going!

Schedule:

Saturday, June 20th from about 1 PM to 5 PM enjoy a pool party at the beautiful Yacht Club of St. Louis, 105 Lake Village Drive, St. Charles MO 63301. Call the YCSL for slip information at 636-250-4435.

The world famous "D" Dock DJs will be playing the tunes poolside.

1:30 to 3:30 the RiverBills.com Girls will be selling chances for the "Great Ball Splash and Grab" raffle. See rules below.

About 4 PM the "Great Ball Splash and Grab" happens!

The Great Ball Splash and Grab

Click HERE to see some of the great prizes for the raffle.

Sundowners at Yacht Club of St. Louis will have food and beverage as well as poolside service all afternoon.

We welcome everyone, boaters and non boaters, to come out for what will surely be a fun way to help us continue this great river tradition.

Benefit for the Blessing of the Fleet raffle rules: The "Great Ball Splash and Grab" explained. well, sort of, anyway, here goes. When you buy a chance in the Great Ball Splash and Grab you will be given a wristband. Out of all the rubber balls a number of them equal to the number of prizes will be given a number ranking them as 1 thru whatever (the rubber balls already have numbers). The total number of rubber balls thrown into the pool will equal the number of chances taken. You can buy as many chances as you want at $10 per chance and will be given a wrist band for each one. When the time comes everyone will be asked to get out of the pool. At that time all of the rubber balls will be thrown in and then the signal will be given for everyone with a wrist band, or their designated "Ball Grabber" will jump into the pool and grab a ball for each entry they have. Once all the balls have been claimed the winning numbers will be called and the winners can come up and claim their prize. Simple enough right? Organized chaos? Right again! Much more fun than looking at numbers on a paper ticket (we hope).

BLESSING OF THE FLEET AND PARADE OF BOATS

DATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 2015

THEME: "GILLIGAN'S ISLAND"

PARADE STARTING POINTS:

1:00 PM Yacht Club of St. Louis lead by Captain Dutch Hauhe in the cruiser "Scoundrel"

1:00 PM Alton Marina lead by Captain John Bloch in the cruiser "Audy B II"

2:00 PM Antique and Classic Boat Mississippi River group stages below the shrine.

2:15 PM Blessing Commences at Shrine of Our Lady of the Rivers

CELEBRANT:

Reverend Robert L. Banken - St. Francis of Assisi Parish

JUDGES:

Gary Smith - Vice Division Commander for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, St. Louis
Rick Flier- Commodore of Con Trios Yacht Club
Bill Kelley - Webmaster of www.RiverBills.com

Awards presentation immediately after the Parade at the LaRosa Cabana Bar in front of My River Home Marina.

Decorate YOUR BOAT and JOIN US!

VIEWING THE PARADE FROM LAND

Non boating spectators are invited to watch from the Shrine, Palisades Yacht Club / Riverside Bar & Grill and neighboring Mike's LaRosa Cabana Bar / My River Home Marina where courtesy boat docks are available. Palisades Yacht Club and Longshot Saloon will both have food and drink available. They are within walking distance of each other so you can enjoy a full day of fun on the river. Other locations to watch the parade pass by are The Boathouse Food & Deck. Duck Club Yacht Club, Grafton Harbor, Loading Dock, Alton Marina

 

PARADE ROUTE:

The "Upper Pool" Parade of Boats lead by Captain Dutch Hauhe in the "Follow Me" boat "Scoundrel" will begin at 1 PM in front of Yacht Club of St. Louis heading downstream passing by Grafton IL by using the "2nd cut" below Mason Island. Any boaters that are not comfortable to go thru there are welcome to continue downstream to the Confluence Buoy area and rejoin the parade.

The "Lower Pool" Parade of Boats heading upstream will be lead by Captain John Bloch in the "Follow Me" boat "Audy B II" will begin at 1 PM in front of Alton Marina by the Alton Bridge heading upstream.

Both of these parades will merge just below the Statue with the Antique and Classic Boat group and will pass the Shrine for the Blessing at 2:15 PM.

As always, boaters are invited to join the parades anywhere along
the routes and pass the Shrine for a Blessing with the others.

2012 Parade Route

 

Awards

Awards by the Blessing of the Fleet, Inc. in five (5) categories and three (3) additional:

Best Decorated Cruiser

Best Decorated Houseboat

Best Decorated Pontoon Boat

Best Decorated Runabout

Best Decorated Sail Boat

Three additional "Judges Choice" awards will also be presented.

 

 

2015 Winners

I passed out and had to go to the hospital as the parade ended so neither I nor Maureen were on site for the awards.
Am attempting to obtain good pictures of the boats and crews, please bear with me. Darryll Weil

2015 Cruiser - Sea Grace (no picture yet)
Sailboat - Saint Somewhere (no picture yet) Sailboat - Saint Somewhere (no crew picture yet)
Houseboat - It's About Time (no picture yet) Houseboat - It's About Time (no crew picture yet)

Willpower also won the Con Trios Yacht Club award.

2015 Judge Choice (no crew picture yet)

Willpower also won the Con Trios Yacht Club award.

Orion partial crew photo

 

2013 Winners
Click on a picture to see a larger version

Cruiser

"The Shark"
Cruiser Crew

"The Shark"
Houseboat

"Sea Hag"
 
Pontoon Boat

"Attack of the Tooner Sharks"
Pontoon Crew

"Attack of the Tooner Sharks"
Runabout
Runabout from Port Charles
 
Sailboat

"Tranquility Base"
 
Judges Choice

"Oh Yeah"
 

Judges Choice

"Ora Lea"

 
Judges Choice

"Sound of Pleasure"
Judges Choice Crew

"Sound of Pleasure"
Con Trios Yacht Club Member

"The Shark"
Con Trios Yacht Club Member Crew

"The Shark"

2012 Winners
Click on a picture to see a larger version.

Storm Treasure
Cruiser - "Storm Treasure"
crew
Captain Royce LaMarr & crew
runabout
Runabout - "The Shark"

crew
Captain Greg Colletta & crew

houseboat
Houseboat - "Sea Hag"

Captain Jay Adams & crew (photo not available)
Pontoon
Pontoon
crew
Captain Brian Kickline
Sailboat
Sailboat - "Saint Somewhere"
crew
Captain Tyler Mitchell & crew

After the Blessing of the Fleet awards were given it was brought to our attention that one of the boats may have been misclassified as the side profile appeared to be one type of vessel but when the pictures were looked at it should have been in a different category. The other boat in that category will be recognized with an award and is congratulated on their decorating effort. We will try to avoid this in the future even if it means having to readjust the categories. The Blessing of the Fleet committee Thanks all participants and is already looking forward to next year.

Congratulations to A. J. and Toni Grapenthin and the crew of "Good Problems"!
Great Job decorating guys.


Runabout - "Good Problems"

Captain A. J. Grapenthin & crew

2011 Winners
Click on a picture to see a larger version.

Storm Treasure
Storm Treasure
Cruiser Category
Storm Treasure
Sandy M  
Houseboat Category
Sandy M
Ginger Bell  
Pontoon Category
Ginger Bell
The Shark The Shark
Runabout Category
The Shark
Gypsy Rose II  
Sailboat Category
Gypsy Rose II
Storm Treasure Storm Treasure crew
Con Trios Yacht Club
Storm Treasure

2010 Winners
Click on a picture to see a larger version.
Thanks to Pat Reid of Crystal Photography for the pictures.
To see all the pictures Pat took click HERE.

Cruiser cruiser
Cruiser category Winner
houseboat houseboat
Houseboat category Winner and Best In Show Winner
pontoon pontoon
Pontoon category Winner
runabout runabout
Runabout category Winner
sailboat sailboat
Sailboat category Winner
con trios winner crew
Con Trios Yacht Club Winner

2009 Winners:

Theme: "Luau"

Best Decorated Cruiser: "Storm Treasure" Royce and Gayle LaMarr

Best Decorated Houseboat: "Aquatraz" Dave and Karen Wilmouth

Best Decorated Sailboat: "Insatiable" Harry Stoner

Best Decorated Pontoon: "June" June Polster

Best Decorated Runabout: "Summertime" John Spraul

Best Decoarated Upstream Boat: "Aquatraz" Dave and Karen Wilmouth

2008 Winners:

Theme: "Margaritaville"

The Best Decorated Cruiser award was "Night-N-Gale"

The Best Decorated Houseboat was "Aquatraz"

The Best Decorated Sailboat was the "Kontaloa"

Best Decorated Pontoon Boat was "Misbehavior"

The Best Decorated Runabout had no name

Best Decorated Con Trios Yacht Club member boat was "Sound of Pleasure"

2007 Winners: 

Theme:  Toast Our Golden Anniversary!

Acrylic Commemorative Trophies Provided by Blessing of the Fleet, Inc.

 FIVE CATEGORIES AWARDED FOR BEST DECORATED TO THE THEME

CRUISER CATEGORY: Edward and Rosemary Bialecke, “GRIFFIN”

  HOUSEBOAT CATEGORY: Alan Deutschmann, “SOUND OF PLEASURE”

   RUNABOUT CATEGORY: Glen and Darlene Hartman, “DARLENE”

  SAILBOAT CATEGORY: Don and Mary Ellen Morrison, “RAGTIME”

  PONTOON/DECKBOAT: Alan Bull, “ODYSSEY”

 AWARDS BASED ON BEST DECORATED TO THE YEAR’S SELECTED THEME
AS JUDGED BY THIS YEARS PANEL OF BLESSING OF THE FEET JUDGES.

  THE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION JUDGES:
James A. Svoboda, Past Commodore, Con Trios Yacht Club
Mark D. Warner, Mayor, Portage Des Sioux, MO
Harry T. Bussmann, III, Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine Committee

 THREE CASH AWARD PRIZES
DONATED BY “SHOW ME THE MISSISSIPPI”

 BEST OVERALL ENTRY IN SHOW WINNER – Check in the Amount of $500.00

 FIRST PLACE PRESENTED TO:  Alan Deutschmann, “Sound of Pleasure”

 SECOND PLACE – CHECK IN THE AMOUNT OF $300.00

 PRESENTED TO: Tom and Mary Lou Smith, “FarNeite II”

THIRD PLACE – CHECK IN THE AMOUNT OF $ 200.00

 PRESENTED TO:  Owners Unknown, “Playen II”

 Judges for Show Me the Mississippi – Cash Awards – Were Linda Sanchez, President of Show Me the Mississippi and Several Members Selected from this years “Show Me”, Membership.

  SPECIAL CORPORATE SPONSORED AWARDS
 (These Awards were Judged by and Sponsored by Each Respective Company Owner and or their Representative.)

SEA RAY WINNER – Best Decorated Sea Ray
 Sponsored By:  MarineMax, St Charles, MO

 Winners:  Dee Berkley, “Some Day Came”, 26’ Sea Ray Sundancer

 GIBSON HOUSEBOAT WINNER – Best Decorated Gibson Houseboat 
Sponsored by Wahoo Sales and Service, St. Charles, MO 

Winners:  Tom and Nancy Meyers, “Sparky”

 REGAL – Best Decorated Regal 
Sponsored by Dan’s Boats, St. Peters, MO 

Winners:  Jason and Louise Haldiman, "We-Z-Goin’ Wild”

  CON TRIOS YACHT CLUB WINNER

Best Decorated CTYC Member Entry in Parade :  Alan Deutschmann, “Sound of Pleasure”

From the St. Charles area take Highway 94 North about 12.5 miles north of Interstate 370 to Highway J.

From North St. Louis County and Illinois take Highway 94 about 9 miles West from Highway 67 to Highway J.

For GPS directions use the address: 1670 Riverview Drive, Portage des Sioux, MO 63373

Portage des Sioux MO

Picture Galleries from previous years, all albums will open in a new window.

2015 Blessing of the Fleet pictures on www.RiverBills.com

2015 Blessing of the Fleet / Parade of Boats pictures by Maureen Weil

2015 Blessing of the Fleet / Parade of Boats pictues by RiverBills.com

Blast from the Past! Click here for some pics and documents from the 2001 Blessing Parade courtesy of Rita English.

Blessing of the Fleet / Parade of Boats pictures by Lisa Hickey and Maureen Absolon

Benefit for the Blessing of the Fleet 2014 photos by Lisa Hickey

Some random pictures of the volunteers at the 2013 Blessing of the Fleet

Hand made model of the Blessing of the Fleet by Glenn Folkerts

Click here to see all the pictures

2013 Blessing of the Fleet photos by Sherry Lorance

2013 Blessing of the Fleet photos by Bob White

2013 Blessing of the Fleet photos by Lisa Hickey

2013 Blessing of the Fleet photos by Bob White, Tom Stolze and Maureen

2013 Benefit photos by Lisa Hickey

2013 Benefit photos by Maureen and video by Mary Beth

2012 Blessing of the Fleet photos by Maureen

2012 Benefit for the Blessing of the Fleet at The Boathouse

2011 Blessing of the Fleet aerial pictures courtesy of Mike and Sherri Stanczak

2011 Blessing of the Fleet pictures on Lisa Hickey's facebook page
you need to be a member of facebook and logged on to view Lisa's album

2011 Blessing of the Fleet photos by Tom Stolze.
Tom also broadcast the parade live on the internet via his website http://ofallonweather.org/

2011 Pictures by Maureen aboard the Follow Me boat "Scoundrel"

2010 Pictures by Lisa Hickey aboard the "Texas Lady"

2010 Pictures by Sharon from the Follow Me boat "Scoundrel"

2010 pictures by Pat Reid of Crystal Photography

"Gypsy Rose" Pirate Ship

Historical Photos Courtesy of Rick Estes

2008 photos courtesy of Darryll Weil

2007 photos courtesy of Mike and Sherri Stanczak

2007 photos courtesy of Lynn Tighe

2007 photos courtesy of Darryll and Maureen

2006 photos courtesy of Tim and Lynn Tighe

2005 photos courtesy of Tim and Lynn Tighe

2004 photos courtesy of Darryll Weil

2004 photos courtesy of Tim and Lynn Tighe

2003 photos courtesy of Tim and Lynn Tighe

Thank You to the Supporters of The Blessing of the Fleet

Donors and prizes for the Benefit on June 20th at
Yacht Club of St. Louis

Click HERE to see some of the great prizes!

2015 Donors Website Items
Friends 200 piece mechanic's tool set
Friends red cooler on wheels
Friends inflatable cooler/portable picnic table/washer game/wine bag/booze
Alton Marina http://www.altonmarina.com/ 2 - two night slip rentals
Baronwood Kennels http://www.baronwood.com/ basket - gift certificate
Bloch Marine Service http://www.blochmarine.com/ haulout, two TowBoat US unlimited memberships
Big St. Charles Motorsports http://www.bigstcharlesmotorsports.com/ $50 gift certificate and a Sea Doo bag
Boschertown Grand Prix Racing http://www.boschertowngokarts.com/ 2 - $50 gift certificates
Cardinals Care / St. Louis Cardinals http://www.cardinalscare.org/ 2 tickets to a baseball game
Complete Truck and RV http://www.bigrigbody.com/ Firetruck display, gift certificate
Darryll & Maureen   raft and cooler
Duck Club Yacht Club http://www.ducktalesonline.com/ Happy Hour certificate
Grafton Harbor http://www.graftonharbor.net/ 2 overnight Certificates and bottle of wine with each
Hacienda Restaurant http://www.haciendastl.com/ $25 Gift Certificate
Hendricks BBQ http://hendricksbbq.com/ 2 Sample Packs
Identity Salon / Katie Chavez http://www.identitysalonstlouis.com/ Hair Products
JB Fence LLC / Joe Boyer http://www.jbfencellc.com/ 3 Bottles of Crown
Caryl & Karlan Kastendieck   basket goodies
Loading dock http://www.graftonloadingdock.com/ bottle of Peligroso and bottle of Patron
Longshot Saloon http://www.myriverhome.com/ $50 gift certificate, t-shirts, koozies
Mike and Sherry Lorance Budweiser Coast Guard Mirror
My River Home Marina http://www.myriverhome.com/ Winterization, drive service, oil change
Palisades Yacht Club http://www.palisadesyachtclub.com/ Gift bag items and wine
Pole Star Marina http://www.polestarboatingcenter.com/ 2 $25.00 gas certificates
Port Charles Harbor http://www.portcharlesharbor.com/ Gas Gift Certificate
Rookies Bar &Grill 3721 New Town Blvd, St Charles, MO 63301 gift certificate
Scoundrel Captain Dutch Hauhe 2 hour wine cruise  for 4 must be over 21 years of age, 2 bottles of Crown Royal Monarch 75
South 94 Bistro http://www.south94bistro.net/ gift certificate
St. Charles Harley Davidson http://www.stcharlesharleydavidson.com/ Cooler, hat, sunglasses, koolie cup and 
St. Louis Rams http://www.stlouisrams.com/ Jake Long autographed mini helmet and card
Two Rivers Marina http://www.tworiversmarina.com/ $25.00 Gift Certificate
Ultimate Defense http://udrange.com/ 2-1 hour range gift certificates, hat and shirt
Ultimate Defense Concealed carry training course gift certificate
Yacht Club of St. Louis / Sundowners http://stlouisyachtclub.com/ 2- 2 night slips with $20.00 to Sundowners

 

 

2014 Benefit raffle prize donors:

JB Fence LLC

Grafton Harbor

Longshot Saloon

My River Home Marina

St. Louis Rams

Bloch Marine Service / TowBoatUS

Palisades Yacht Club

Frito Lay

Polestar Boating Center

Tara Point Inn & Cottages

Duck Club Yacht Club

Webster University

Chrissy's Place

Alton Marina

Port Charles Harbor

Grand Slam Bar & Grill

Hessler's Pub and Grill

The Boathouse Food & Deck

North Shore Marina

Cardinal Cares

G & W Sausage

Sundowners at YCSL

Two Rivers Marina

Barbara Rhoades

Hendrickson's Inc

Quality Equiment

Port Charles Harbor

Yacht Club of St. Louis

Past contributors:

"Lil Bubba T"

"Nina J"

Liberty Harbor in Portage des Sioux

"Linky's Cats"

"VinTINage"

Kevin Kenny

Two Rivers Marina

Hessler's Pub & Grill

Dr. Pepper / Snapple

JB Fence LLC

Grand Slam Sports Bar & Grill

Scoundrel Enterprises / Captain Dutch Hauhe

Palisades Yacht Club

LongShot Saloon / My River Home Marina

Bloch Marine Service / TowBoatUS

Grafton Harbor

Alton Marina

Raging Rivers

Book N Barber

Fin Inn

Loading Dock

The Whole Scoop

Crystal Photography

Bernie Patrico

Kelly Gamblin

Brian & Trish Hamm

Jill Kennedy

Greg & Peg Colletta

Tiffany & Kyle Marsh

Kevin Frieman

Nick Cauupps

Brad Peachee

Ruthie Durmeier

Katy Estes

John & Linda Strum

Mark and Pam Beck

"Shotz Ship"

"We-Z Gone Wild"

"River Pig"

Adam Evers

"Ching"

"Wet Addiction"

"Anita Cocktail"

Nora Moore

"Y2Katy"

Northwest Tire and Auto / Croft Trailer

Polestar Boating Center and Marina

Heartland Boating Magazine

Con Trios Yacht Club

www.RiverBills.com

The Boathouse Food & Deck

www.RiverWebCams.com

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Grafton City Hall

John's Boat Harbor

Iron Decor N More

Tara Point

Sundowners

Ed Hodapp

Carl Tiemann

Rick Haines

Shelly Kennedy

Aron Lappe

Valerie Djordjovich

Dusan Djordjovich

John Hartmann

Don Acord

Debbie Moore

Lynn Sansone

Tim Tighe

Scott and Lisa Hickey

"Paradise"

"Bull Ship"

ACBS (Antique and Classic Boat Society)

Ed Koch

"Xpensive Therapy"

CTYC Fleet Captain Bill Tullock

"Storm Treasure"

HISTORY OF THE BLESSING OF THE FLEET, INC. We are proud to announce that The Blessing of the Fleet, Inc., an organization whose purpose is to promote safe boating, will be celebrating their 57TH Anniversary on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

The Blessing of the Fleet, Inc. is responsible for organizing an annual event on the river rich in tradition, The Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats. This event is held on a mid-summer afternoon in July on the Mississippi River between Mel Price Lock and Dam in Alton, Illinois and the Winfield Lock and Dam, Missouri.

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rivers in Portage des Sioux is the actual site of the ceremony and gets her name from the fact that three major rivers - the Illinois, the Missouri and the Mississippi - all meet within a few miles of the statue. The first pleasure Boat Blessing materialized as a result of a flood that threatened Portage des Sioux in the early 1950’s. The towns’ parish, headed by Rev. Edward Schlattmann, prayed together to the Virgin Mary for the town of Portage des Sioux to be spared from the perils of the raising waters. They together coined a name for the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Rivers. As history records, the flooding waters parted and traveled just above and below the river town without entering it. To pay tribute to their Lady, the town people and parishioners, Schlattmann and local businessmen and local boatmen formulated plans for the first religious fiberglass statue.

Eventually the 25’ Statue of Our Lady of the Rivers and a 25’ Base were erected at the site of Portage des Sioux. It remains today as the fourth tallest statue of Mary in the world. Over the years it has served as a navigation aid for the area and the podium from which the annual Blessing of the Fleet takes place. As each vessel approaches the base of the Shrine and slows to idle speed a blessing is bestowed as they pass imploring heaven to protect and bless them in these waters. This tradition has proven to be the highlight of the areas boating season and each year attracts hundreds of participating decorated pleasure craft, as well as, spectators to the area. Together they display an exquisitely executed celebration of the season, exhibiting a long inspired passion for boating and relating knowledge of history.

Participants compete for awards in specific categories by decorating to a designated theme for each year and are invited to gather following the parade and blessing for a fun and festive awards ceremony held at a local area marina.

The Blessing of the Fleet works in conjunction with area marinas, harbors, various related area businesses, as well as civic and local organizations and has the cooperation of the City of St. Louis Fire Department-Marine Division, The City of St. Charles, Mo., U.S. Coast Guard and U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadron, Missouri Water Patrol, and Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine Committee of Portage des Sioux, Mo.

To all past and present officers and committee members of the Blessing of the Fleet, Inc. who have dedicated their time and talents over the past fifty plus years to preserve and maintain this tradition, we are honored to congratulate you on achieving this 55th Anniversary. To generations yet unborn, The Shrine and this Annual Tradition will together serve as a symbol of our generations appreciation of the nautical sensibility and natural beauty of this area where three rivers meet near the site of the Statue of Our Lady of the Rivers, Portage des Sioux.

Congratulations Blessing of the Fleet, Inc. on these Accomplishments

Year
Theme
1982
25th Anniversary of the Blessing of the Fleet
1983
 
1984
Something Golden (To Celebrate Father Schlattmann's Golden Jubilee as a Priest)
1985
Mark Twain's 150th Anniversary Celebration
1986
Miss Liberty (In honor of the torch re-lighting ceremony after the two year renovation)
1987
The Founding of Portage des Sioux (Founded in 1799)
1988
Use Your Imagination
1989
Around the World (The Country of your choice)
1990
Holiday Celebration
1991
Circus
1992
500 Years of History (Celebrating Columbus' Discovery)
1993
Canceled due to flooding
1994
Your Favorite Sport
1995
Let's Just Decorate
1996
Our Lady of the River Shrine - 40 Years on the Mississippi
1997
Parade of Nations
1998
Dixieland
1999
Red, White and Blue for Portage des Sioux
2000
Highlights of the 20th Century
2001
Your Favorite Nursery Rhymes
2002
God Bless America
2003
Music and All That Jazz
2004
Lewis and Clark
2005
You Decorate and We'll Judge
2006
Vacation Fun under the St. Louis Sun
2007
Toast Our Golden Anniversary (50th annual parade)
2008
Margaritaville
2009
Luau
2010
Pirates
2011
Mermaids
2012
Mark Twain
2013
Sharks
2014
Noah's Ark

Board Meeting April 2013

2013 Board of Directors

Darryll Weil

Mike Baisch

Alan Deutschmann

Charles Aten

Marilyn Aten

Craig Tredway

John Bloch

Amy Lewis

Scott Lewis

Andy Dalwitz

Rick Flier

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