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Race to the Coast & Gulfport to Pensacola

Photo by Troy Gilbert

A living history of racing on the Gulf Coast began when sailing morphed from commerce and transportation to recreation and sport over 150 years ago. Oysters and shrimp were still harvested by vessels under sail as yacht racing and clubs on …

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Mardi Gras Cruising

Photo by Troy Gilbert

Initially celebrated in Mobile, Alabama and then New Orleans, the Mardi Gras traditions of masked balls and parades have run for over 200 years, percolating throughout the Northern Gulf Coast and becoming a unique cornerstone of the region’s culture. It …

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New Orleans: A Cruising Destination Often Missed

Photo by Troy Gilbert

For the cruiser tooling down the ICW or in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico – New Orleans easily lives up to its reputation as the “Northernmost Caribbean Town” and is surprisingly accessible. Offering respite, adventure, full service …

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2014 Waterfront Fireworks AND Festivals!

Fireworks explode over the USS Yorktown and vessels anchored off Patriots Point in Charleston Harbor. Courtesy of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Here are a few Fourth of July celebrations featuring parades, festivals and fireworks. A fun day for the whole family. MARYLAND Fireworks NOTE: Ocean City Maryland delays their fireworks until the 5th due to Hurricane Arthur July 3 – Independence Day …

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Fairfax Moody and the Founding of the Ladies Regatta

Fairfax Moody at the helm. Courtesy of the Houston Yacht Club

In 1852, the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama hosted sailors from New Orleans and the Mississippi Coast for the post-regatta festivities accompanying the finish of the third annual running of what is today the oldest point-to-point sailboat race in …

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Southeast Youth Summer Camp Programs 2014

Most organizations offer weeklong sessions with special courses running two weeks or longer. Times vary from half day to full day schedules. All campers must be able to pass a swim test. A USCG approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is …

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FEMA’s Marina in New Orleans

For over 160 years, the Southern Yacht Club has looked out on 100 acres of oak-lined parks, boathouses and marinas of New Orleans’ recreational boating hub on Lake Pontchartrain, West End. The massive state-of-the-art clubhouse was rebuilt after the twin …

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The Gulf of Mexico’s Zombie Dead Zone

Dead Zone Summer” Summer phytoplankton conditions along the Gulf Coast. Image courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

In 1968, George Romero’s black-and-white sci-fi thriller, Night of the Living Dead, introduced movie goers to his frightfully hideous, flesh-munching zombies. These “undead,” reanimated creatures roamed the earth wreaking havoc and leaving dead zones behind in their insatiable quest for …

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Dolphin Island Memories

Alabama is not, generally, considered a glorious cruising destination for sailing globetrotters. I didn’t even intend to stop until fate clocked the wind on our nose. We were passaging from New Orleans to Paradise. The year was 1970. My wife …

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Leukemia Cup Regatta: Raise a Sail, Save a Life

The Leukemia Cup Regatta   Sailors from the Pine Harbor Yacht Club in Birmingham, Ala., came together in 1988 to raise money in memory of a friend who had lost his battle with leukemia. Twenty-five years later, what is now …

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Youth Summer Sailing Programs in the Southeast

Whether your child wants to learn to sail, enhance skills, just learn to kayak or even windsurf, there is a Youth Summer Sailing Program right in your backyard. Some of them include: Virginia:  Hampton Yacht Club. One week basic Explorer sessions, …

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Nautical New Years Traditions

For dyed in the sea boaters, every day onboard is a good day – and that includes both the last and first days of the year. Throughout the Southeast, mariners have begun New Years Traditions to celebrate the New Year …

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Christmas Boat Parade Schedule

Christmas Boat Parade - Photo Courtesy of Winterfest

Lighted boat parades mean huddling with friends along the shore and gulping hot chocolate while watching vessels adorned with lighted palm trees and crewmembers shivering in Hawaiian shirts. The magic of the holiday season is not reserved for towns with …

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International Workboat Show Rolls into New Orleans

Where can you see bigger boats than at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show? There is an event. It’s called the International WorkBoat Show, and it’s rolling onto the Mississippi River in New Orleans Dec. 5-7 at the Ernest N. …

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Gulf Coast Dries Out After Hurricane Isaac

Weeks after slow-moving Hurricane Isaac relentlessly dumped water across the Gulf Coast, cleanup efforts continued, especially in New Orleans where many neighborhoods lost electricity for four days. Everyone in New Orleans’ West End worked over Labor Day weekend, tearing out …

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Trinity Yachts’ Billy Smith Shares the REAL Fiscal Pulse

The megayacht sector in the United States is struggling. Yards are operating under capacity and contracts for new construction are virtually non-existent. Trinity Yachts, based on the Gulf Coast with facilities in Gulfport, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana is one …

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The Gulf Coast is OPEN for Business!

Back in the 1960’s, there was no interstate connecting Gulf Coast travelers from New Orleans to Mobile. Before the I10, you took Hwy. 90 through Mississippi and knew every landmark and bathroom stop: the Friendship House and its iconic Deer …

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