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Valor is for Sale -- My Cape Dory 25 Valor is for sale to make room for a bigger boat that I could take long-distance cruising. She's been a fine day-sailor and I've taken a number of longer trips on her as well, but she's not the ticket for weeks or months-long trips, which I hope to take once I retire. So, anybody looking for a good sailable CD25? Asking price $3,500. Details here. Email me at

Harborfest for Heartworks -- This fundraiser to benefit the Heartworks organization in Bayboro is coming up Friday an Saturday, the 18th and 19th of September. It will be held at River Dunes near Oriental. Friday night features a ticketed dinner and live music. Then the doors open Saturday morning with free admission for the whole family to enjoy the art exhibits, music, auctions and raffle. Then in the evening, another ticketed event with entertainment and dancing. More information at the Harborfest website.

Florida Visitor -- A manatee was sighted off Jennette's Pier in Nags Head July 21st, 2015. Story here.

Shoaling Problems Up and Down the Coast -- We all know about the shoaling issues at Oregon Inlet, Hatteras Inlet and Beaufort Inlet - but our neighbors to the south have their own set of issues. The Port Royal Terminal near Beaufort, SC has been closed since 2006, and the Georgetown SC harbor is rapidly silting up, with astronomical estimates of what it would cost to dredge it. Add to that the closure of the Arcelor Mittal (old Georgetown Steel) mill, and the prospects for Georgetown to remain a deep sea port are grim. See the article at Charleston Post and Courier.

High Livin' on HiFlite -- Dale and Cori were in New London CT last week, guests of friends from the Islands at their home marina, the North Cove Yacht Club. Sounds swank to me. How are you going to get them back on the farm after they've seen Paree? Read their blog here.

Eastern NC Heat Wave -- It's July 21st and the Neuse River remains in the grip of a brutal heat wave, with forecast heat index of 105 degrees or more. A real shame, because the winds are steady from the southwest at 10 to 15 knots, a perfect breeze for sailing. Breeze or no breeze, it's too hot to sail. On another weather note, fishermen should keep an eye out for the next good northeaster, which will send the big drum pouring into the river and creeks.

Port of Morehead City Schedules -- If you enjoy seeing the deep sea freighters come in Beaufort Inlet, this site lists estimated arrival dates for inbound ships. With the name of an inbound ship, you can find information about it and its current position at this site.

A Step Closer to a New Bonner Bridge -- Sounds like a done deal but I'm sure many Bankers will believe it when they see it. Irene Nolan and Catherine Kozak of Island Free Press report that "After a quarter century of planning, studies, bickering, and finally legal challenges from environmental groups, the decrepit 2.7-mile Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet will be replaced with a new parallel span." See the story here.

More of the same, except worse... -- NWS is predicting a high of 103 this afternoon, June 16th, 2015, with a heat index of 105 or higher. While today is expected to be the worst in the current heatwave, temperatures for the rest of the week will continue to be in the 90s.

Beaufort Pirate Invasion -- Re-enactment of the 1747 invasion of Beaufort by Spanish privateers, taking place in downtown Beaufort August 7th and 8th, 2015. Lots of free, fun, family events during the day, plus some ticketed events in the evening. Check out the website.

Traditional Skiff Regatta -- will be held on August 1st, 2015 at the Maritime Museum Watercraft Center in Beaufort. If you have a traditional skiff and want to participate, call the Friends of the Maritime Museum at 252-728-2762. For more information, see the website.

Beaufort Inlet Shipping Channel Still Shoaled -- Bruce Siceloff at the News & Observer has another good article on the issues confronting deepwater ships trying to make it in Beaufort Inlet. Dredging is underway, but progress is slow. Click here.

Rollinson Channel a Channel No More? -- The historic Rollinson Channel that connected Hatteras Village with Hatteras Inlet has shoaled to the point that the Coast Guard is removing markers. Boaters should use Barney Slough and South Ferry Slough. According to Outer Banks Voice, markers 9 through 13 will be removed. That sounds permanent.

Harborfest for HeartWorks 2015 -- This is a fundraiser for Pamlico County non-profit Heartworks that will be held at River Dunes the weekend of September 18th through 20th. Looks like Saturday general admission will be free, special events on Friday and Saturday nights will require a ticket, but if you're a big spending sailor who would like to help out a local charity, a full-bore, sail-in, no-holds-barred admission to River Dunes Club for the whole festival is available for $500 a boat. More info to come. Check out the Heartworks website for more information.

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