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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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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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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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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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Fabulous Fall Festivals Fill Waterfront with Fun

After surviving another summer in the Southeast, you deserve some fun. Coastal dwellers know that some of the biggest fun of the year is found at annual fall festivals, and when it comes to celebrations on the waterfront, October is …

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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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