Blessing of fleet set to become great event

THE blessing of the fleet and aquatic spring festival in Coffs Harbour on Saturday will hopefully become a more regular feature on our social calendar.

Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Co-operative general manager, Phillip Neuss, said it was hoped the concept would be resurrected every two years.

"I think from a fishing point of view it was a great success. The effort of the fishers to decorate their vessels and to participate in the parade and the official proceedings was fantastic," he said.

"We had up to 13 boats race on the outer harbour, which was a wonderful result."

Mr Neuss is certain improvements can be made to the format to make the next one bigger and better.

The last festival was held 10 years ago.

Organiser and co-operative director, Christine Huxley, was pleased with the large numbers of residents and tourists who visited the marina for the day.

"Hopefully this festival will continue on," she said.

"Everyone enjoyed themselves, and I think the boys especially had fun with the boat races.

"I would like to thank everyone who helped out on the day."

The program included a live radio broadcast, a best decorated boat competition and races, a fleet blessing, a barbecue, and rides and displays.



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