25th Anniversary of Blessing of the Fleet

25th Anniversary of Blessing of the Fleet

This weekend saw yet another annual event ticked off on the Portuguese calendar – the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet Festival.

Not only is the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet Festival the biggest event of the year but what made it extra special was that this year marked it’s 25th anniversary.

With the sun beating down scornfully in the region of 32 degrees and more, it seemed like nothing could keep people away from the V & A Waterfront. A cosmopolitan spectatorship swamped the Wharf to see fully flagged ships with passengers trail the waters of the harbour.

25th Anniversary of Blessing of the Fleet

The ships, namely, Christie-Sue, Conquistador and Wilmag carried a few hundred passengers to their destination before providing a spot to knock a few cold ones back.

Some of the passengers on board happened to be none other than the finalists of this year’s King and Queen of the Sea.


Gabriella de Lima Nunes was kind enough to share a few of her thoughts of the festival as she came off the boat.

“I have been coming every year to Blessing of the Fishing Fleet. For me, it’s about uniting the Portuguese community. It’s a day that even unites Portuguese with foreigners,” she said. She also added that last year was the only Blessing of the Fleet that she had missed.

What would a festival be without food, drinks and entertainment? Kanimambo was on the scene to put some Latin flavor to the soles of attendants’ feet.


Chilton Mellem
Editor, With a National Diploma in Journalism from CPUT and experience as a newspaper reporter, Chilton shares Dino’s passion for the Portuguese community in South Africa.