Focus: DoT regional transport officer Garry Wilson conducts a flare demonstration with Navy cadet Thane Barnes at last year’s Blessing of the Fleet. Photo: Tim SlaterPreparations for Esperance’s32nd annual Blessing of the Fleetfestival are well under way.
The day event at Bandy CreekBoat Harbour aims to celebrateand support recreational and commercialfishing in the RechercheArchipelago, and educate thecommunity on marine safety.
Department of Transport (DoT)regional transport officer andBlessing of the Fleet secretaryGarry Wilson said the festival wasa fun community event thatcatered to the whole family.
“Traditionally we have it inNovember, just prior to theCrayfish season,” Mr Wilson said.
“There’s fresh fish available,there’ll be professional filletingdisplays, a [sea creatures] touchpool and the navel cadets will alsobe there.”
The DoT will be conductingmarine safety flare demonstrationsat 10.30am and EsperanceVolunteer Marine Rescue willsimulate a man overboard rescueat 11.30am.
Mr Wilson said membersof the public were invited toboard a vessel just prior to theblessing, which will be conductedby Reverend Bob Booth at 1pm.
Sing Australia and theEsperance Brass Band will providemusic and entertainment,while Moby Marine will presentkayak and paddle board demonstrations.
Any revenue raised onthe day will go towards the BandyCreek Memorial Fund for peoplelost at sea.
Mr Wilson said the Blessing ofthe Fleet was a great opportunityfor young people to learn aboutmarine safety and the fishingindustry in their town.
“Last year we had between 800and 1000 people come down, sowe’re hoping for a similar turn outthis year.
“Every year we get better at it,”he said.
Blessing of the Fleet 2015 willbe held at Bandy Creek BoatHarbour on Sunday November8between 10am -3pm.
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