The Melbourne Regatta and Blessing of the Fleet will celebrate Melbourne Day on Saturday, August 30.
This event recognises the spiritual significance of all who sail upon the seas with Father Bob presiding over ceremonies. The area will come alive with bands, street performers and local restaurants offering Melbourne Day specials.
There will be activity along Harbour Esplanade around to Central Pier, creating a spectacular arena for visitors to view the Blessing of the Fleet in the Harbour. For a visual extravaganza there will be a flotilla of vessels, flares, whistles, pipe bands and a display of water cannons from emergency service vessels on the harbour.
Further entertainment will include the Enterprize performing a re-enactment of the first landing in period costume. The Alma Doepel volunteers will be sailing their recently-restored traditional naval four-oared captain’s gig. This activity will be further complemented with a Port of Melbourne vessel showcasing the work it does and will be open to the public.
There will be story-telling about the first landing for kids as well as street entertainment including works of Shakespeare! There will be vessels available free of charge for visitors to experience the water and see Melbourne from a whole new perspective.
The Docklands Library will have a number of Melbourne Regatta activities. Melbourne born storyteller Anne E Stewart will regale you with local stories. Hear of Barak and his Scottish champion Anne Bon, listen to a spine tingling tale about the ghost that appeared at St Kilda Beach, float away with the mystery of Selkies; seal people and watch out for her string stories and tricks. A must for all the family.
11:30am - 11:45am Boarding vessels at their home berth in Docklands
12:00am - 12:15pm Pipers arrive and board the Lady Cutler Vessels move into place in Victoria Harbour for Spectacular Mass Gathering in the Southern Basin of Victoria Harbour in front of Etihad Stadium
12:30pm Blessing of the Fleet by the Arch Bishop of Melbourne and Father Bob McGuire Mass singing of the Mariner's Hymn Eternal Father Strong to Save Mass Singing as Pipers Play Auld Lang Syne in memory of seafarers lost at sea. Blasting of Ship's Whistles and flares Tug and Melbourne Fire Department Vessel make display with fire fighting equipment
13:00pm - 14:30pm Vessels depart Victoria Harbour and sail past VIP vessel giving the Salute with Ship's Whistles and Three Cheers for Melbourne's Waterways Vessels move out under the Bolte Bridge into the Port of Melbourne in formation
14.00 - 17.00pm - Storytelling with Anne E Stewart - show times TBC
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