Old traditions to be renewed at Sanctuary Cove’s summer boating season launch

SANCTUARY Cove will welcome an age old tradition, largely recognised by the marine industry around the world, to The Marine Village next week with the Opening of the Summer Boating Season.  

The event will be held from midday on Saturday, November 29 and will see 30 vessels congregate at the Sanctuary Cove Marina for the annual Blessing of the Fleet bestowed by Father John Khoai from the Holy Family Catholic Parish Runaway Bay and a firework salute by Gold Coast Waterways Authority Chairman Gary Baildon.

The Opening of the Summer Boating season encourages boating enthusiasts, local residents and visitors to the Sanctuary Cove Marine Village on the day to celebrate the boating lifestyle and pay homage to the powers-that-be for a season of safe and bountiful boating.


Former Gold Coast Mayor and Gold Coast Waterways Authority Chairman Gary Baildon said he was looking forward to officially declaring the summer boating season open with the signalling of a firework aerial salute.

“I am very pleased to officially open the Summer Boating Season at Sanctuary Cove,” Mr Baildon said.

“The Gold Coast has the largest concentration of recreational boating in Queensland, and probably in Australia, after Sydney.”

Father John Khoai will conduct the formal Blessing of the Fleet on the day, a centuries-old tradition carried out around the world said to ensure a safe season for the boats.

Additionally, participating boaties are invited to deck out their vessels with colour and decorations, with the chance to win an award for the ‘best dressed vessel’, with an overnight stay and breakfast for two at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort up for grabs.

Dean Leigh-Smith of Leigh-Smith Cruiser Sales at Sanctuary Cove believes events such as the Opening of the Summer Boating Season are the perfect way for visitors to experience the marine lifestyle in a relaxed, social environment.

“It’s all about having fun and enjoying everything The Marine Village has to offer,” Mr Leigh-Smith said.

“These types of boutique events that Sanctuary Cove does so well are a wonderful opportunity for the marine industry to invite people to get involved in the summer boating season.

“It’s also a fantastic opportunity to showcase the latest offerings from the boating businesses here at Sanctuary Cove. It’s a very consumer-friendly environment where visitors can relax and get a taste of the boating lifestyle.”