Locals set sail for the Blessing of the Fleet

ST. ANDREWS, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Locals set sail in St. Andrews Saturday afternoon for the 21st annual Blessing of the Fleet.

The Blessing of the Fleet serves as a way to officially kick off boating season and to watch over those who make their living on the water.

Even though the wind was a little too strong to have the fleet safely sail, few still made the trip for the blessing.

Another annual tradition is the Burning of the Socks which organizers said comes from an old tale about a fisherman.

Sherl Morden, the President of Second Chance said, "He takes off his socks, throws them in the fire and says, 'Getting rid of those stinky socks' and we added, 'and walk into spring.' And so from today on, we are wearing our flip flops and no dirty old socks."

The event was sponsored by Second Chance of Northwest Florida, a local not for profit that provides services to brain injury survivors in the community.