North Carolina Seafood Festival -- It's festival time of year as localities try to draw out the last waning tourist dollars of the summer. This one will be held in Morehead City October 3rd through 5th, 2014. More information here.
60th Annual Swansboro Mullet Festival -- October 11th and 12th, 2014. Looks to be a typical street festival with crafts, vendors and tribute bands. For more information, click here.
5th Annual Southport Wooden Boat Show -- will be held Saturday, September 27th, 2014, at the old yacht basin. For details, click here.
Check out this short video -- of a sailboat struck by lightning at the Ensign Harbor Marina site.
Planning on Riding the Cedar Island Ferry? -- Be aware that the published schedule has been altered due to a mechanical problem on one of the boats. NCDOT has the details and the new schedule, which will be in effect until September 29th, 2014.
Blackbeard Pirate Jamboree -- Ocracoke, October 31st through November 2nd, 2014.Information here.
25th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show -- is scheduled for October 18th and 19th 2014. Registration forms available online if you want to exhibit your boat, admission for the general public is free. Come on down and enjoy the premier wooden boat show in the southeast, held on the waterfront of beautiful, historic Georgetown, SC. Website here.
Sharks in the Sound? -- WNCT9 has a short article about research into what, exactly, is swimming around down there. Like the 16 foot Great White that came in through Ocracoke Inlet back in 2013? Fortunately, the researchers are mainly finding dogfish - but then, there was the 8 foot bull shark that a Duke researcher tagged in the Neuse River a while back. Next somebody needs to do a study on the alligators that are populating upper Mitchell Creek. More on sharks here.
Plans Underway to Replace Surf City Swing Bridge -- Plans are for a new high rise, but this is all in a very preliminary stage. More information at wcti12.com.
Retrospective on Claiborne Young's Life -- A short article at News & Observer from July 20th, 2014.
Proposed Swansboro Public Dock Hits Snags -- Swansboro's decaying downtown could really use a boost from increased transient spending, but local squabbling has the whole project in limbo.Tideland News published an editorial on August 12th, 2014, pleading with all parties to get together on this before the snowbirds start coming through this fall. If you read the comments section, you may wish to just bypass Swansboro altogether.
Ferry Toll Issue Dead for This Year -- New Bern Sun Journal reported July 21st, 2014 that the General Assembly has again declined to grasp the third rail of downeast politics and will leave a resolution to the ferry toll issue for next year's session.
United States Sailboat Show -- Annapolis will host the 45th Annual U.S. Sailboat Show October 9th through 13th, 2014, and the Powerboat Show the following week, the 16th through 19th. Details at the website.
Watertribe Challenge -- This "Iron Man" style race starts and ends at Cedar Island. The only navigational requirements are that each boat must run the course counter-clockwise, pass through the Harlowe Canal and check in at Beaufort. No motors, of course, but sail, paddle, oar are all allowed. Total distance is 90 to 100 miles, depending on routing. Concurrently, the same organization is advertising a 300 mile Pamlico Challenge, but there's not much on the website about it. Start date is Friday, September 26th, 2014, and the Watertribe Website has more information.
Local Sailors Have Lost a Friend and Advocate -- Salty Southeast reports that Claiborne Young, author, speaker and sailor from Burlington, NC, passed away June 14th, 2014 after a motorcycle accident. Claiborne was known for his cruisers' guides to all the southeastern states, for his many public speaking appearances, for his advocacy on behalf of sailors, and especially for his enthusiasm for the sport of sailing. We offfer our condolences to his family, co-workers, and friends all across the waters. To read more about Claiborne Young, please see this article at the Salty Southeast website by his friend and colleague Larry Dorminy.
Gallants Channel Draw on New Schedule -- A very restrictive morning and evening rush hour schedule goes into effect June 30, 2014. So plan your transit accordingly. See the NC DOT Press Release for details.
New Transient Dockage in Beaufort -- The NC Maritime Museum has a new facility on Gallant's Creek offering overnight dockage. It's a bit of a hike to the Beaufort waterfront, but the rates are reasonable at $1.00 per foot. Article here.
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