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Sailing Season Starts

“Sail past by means of ‘blessing the fleet’ is usually sought by a di­vide providence, to which he would anoint the entire fleet and bless all who would labour or venture on to the sea,” Ah Sam, the Commodore of the RSYC said.
12 May 2019 12:02
Sailing Season Starts
Reverend Father Joseva Tuimavula blesses the boat Lady Nola and its crew during the annual Sail Past event at the Royal Suva Yacht Club, Walu Bay on May 11, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

With the blessing of a priest and a sail by salute, Com­modore Spencer Ah Sam declared the 2019 sailing season of­ficially opened during the Sail Past yesterday.

Established in the early 1930s, the event is held annually at the Royal Suva Yacht Club in Walu Bay to mark the start of the boating sea­son after each November to April cyclone period.

Boat owners gathered in numbers to participate at the event as a way to seek divide providence to ensure safe passage at sea, good harvest and a safe return.

This year’s event was hosted by Reverend Father Joseva Tuima­vula, who said a short prayer then blessed the boats with holy water out at sea.

“Sail past by means of ‘blessing the fleet’ is usually sought by a di­vide providence, to which he would anoint the entire fleet and bless all who would labour or venture on to the sea,” Ah Sam, the Commodore of the RSYC said.

The event was sponsored by Para­dise Beverages, Lawhill Group, FMF Group Limited, Coca-Cola Amatil, Goodman Fielder Interna­tional and Wahleys Butchery.

Ah Sam also used the occasion to talk about operational and aesthet­ic changes made at the Walu Bay club since his appointment as Com­modore on February 26.

They include:

We have made a call to tender to have the cottages and boat shed finally demolished

The successful connection of the sewer line from the club house to Sentigram Road

The accumulated junk/ rubbish around the club has been cleaned and cleared

Condemned or otherwise un­claimed items from the trailer park areas have been removed

The damaged jetty has been re­paired and rebuilt

New fans installed in the bure, from Rohit and Patricia Punja

A new rescue tender donated by Tia Punja

New picnic benches and a new roller gate at the trailer park en­trance has also been donated by Du Aull Services.

Changes in the pipeline include:

The installation of a new rolla­way projector screen which will be supplied by Fulton Hogan Civil.

The upgrade and relocation of the pontoon to allow for approxi­mately 25 additional berths in the mariner

The upgrade and refurbishment of the main bar, floor and cooler room

Repairing the trailer park fence for added security

Building of six apartments for additional revenue

Place of five 20 feet storage con­tainers for hire.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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