Blessing of the Fleet event kicks off sailing season in the Bronx

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The start of sailing season kicked off with a traditional ceremony on City Island Sunday.

City Island Sail and Power Squadron teamed up with the Leonard Hawkins American Legion Post to host the annual Blessing of the Fleet.

Dozens of boats passed through the Fenton Marine Dock for members of a multi-denominational clergy to bless.

Organizers say it is also an important reminder that boat safety education is key to avoiding tragic accidents in the water. 

The City Island Sail and Power Squadron also reminded attendees it offers vessel safety, engine maintenance, navigation and electronics in boating courses.

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