RMYS Opening Day – Smoking Ceremony 1145hrs
Traditionally we start the Opening Day lunch formalities with an Acknowledgement of Country, paying respect to the Traditional Owners and the ongoing custodians of the land on which our clubhouse stands. We will do so again this year, but I have long felt the Squadron should extend that respect to asking the Boon Wurrung, the traditional people and custodians of this coastline, to conduct a smoking ceremony at the Squadron through one of their Elders. A smoking ceremony is an ancient custom that involves an Aboriginal Elder smouldering various native plants to produce smoke which they believe has cleansing properties and the ability to ward off bad spirits. The ceremony will be conducted in the Catani Gardens in front of the clubhouse at 1145 and I invite all members to attend, even if you are not partaking of the lunch or sailing.