SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fire extinguisher

These Fire Extinguishers May Not Put Out The Fire

Recall for Affected Models Include Mariner 10, Mariner 110,
Mariner 5, and Mariner 5 G

ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 17, 2015 – As boaters are about to begin the spring ritual of getting their boats ready for the season, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is advising they will need to pay extra attention to the fire extinguishers aboard. A well-known fire extinguisher manufacturer, Kidde, in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has announced a voluntary recall to replace certain Kidde fire extinguisher units. A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury. About 4.6 million extinguishers are affected that were sold nationwide between August 2013 and November 2014.

To see if you have an affected fire extinguisher and arrange for a replacement, go to www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Kidde-Recalls-Disposable-Plastic-Fire-Extinguishers .

According to the CPSC, Kidde has received 11 reports of fire extinguishers that failed to discharge, but no injuries have been reported. A February 12, 2015 safety notice from Kidde stated, “Due to our commitment to quality and safety, we have corrected the issue for production going forward, and are working with customers to obtain all recalled units currently in stock.”

Thirty-one models of the disposable fire extinguishers are affected. The extinguishers are red, white, or silver with black plastic valves and ABC or BC rated and manufactured in Mexico between July 23, 2013 and October 15, 2014 and sold at department, home, and hardware stores as well as some marine supply stores. Some of the affected extinguisher models were designed for the boating market and have a nameplate on the front with the names Mariner 10, Mariner 110, Mariner 5, and Mariner 5 G.

If you’d like to know more about how fire extinguishers work, the types needed for boating as well as how many to keep aboard, go to BoatUS.org/fire-extinguishers .

 

 

AND while we're on the subject of safety ... Here's more that's good to know ...

FROM THE BOATYARD Gregg Burdick/ Stuart Yacht

A customer recently reported problems at a marina with “a new type of GFCI protection.”  Burdick wrote back the following and allows us to share it. Thanks, Gregg.

ELCI, not GFCI     Electricity Leakage Circuit Interrupter, not Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.  ELCI will sense electrical leakage from the vessel and will trip a circuit breaker (or send a signal) as triggered by a preset milliamp setting.   Vessels which are wired correctly will not be affected if the system is installed correctly.   We installed a ELCI monitoring system back in 2003 to monitor the entire dock along the river, any leakage will trigger an alarm (but not trip the circuit breaker), and we can easily find the offending vessel  -and we have found a few!

ELCI protection is very critical in fresh water, not quite so critical in salt water.  In fresh water you would become the current path from the vessel to ground if you were touching vessel underwater metal and another part of your body came in contact or close proximity to ground (such as the bottom, or a piling, or a floating dock).  Salt water will dissipate the current so you might not get the full (or any) shock impact.

Only recently has the industry begun to do anything about this “Shock Drowning” situation and added ELCI’s to the code for new construction.  Prior to this there were many fresh water deaths attributed solely to drowning. Finally it was realized that it was the electrical shock which caused the person to “gasp” and involuntary suck water into their lungs and drown.  Electrical leakage from a vessel or shore connected structure has finally been realized to be a killer.

 

 

NEWS FROM JACKSONVILLE'S RUDDER CLUB AND THE FIRST COAST SAILING ASSOCIATION

These two groups are very active and we suggest that NE Florida sailors check out their site - www.RudderClub.com.

Tell Tales includes race results and schedules of upcoming events (near and far) ... with details on items such as monthly meetings, summer camp opportunities, classified ads, local fleets, crews needed and willing and more. Visit the site and get all the news and check out the links to several other interesting websites.

 

 

A Message from the Junior Sailing Director William Boudreaux 

Dear Junior parents and juniors,

I work here at west marine town center, I was just walking around the store and saw many clearance sailing accessories. Water shoes for 8.77, some sailing gloves, water jugs, and clothes.
You should check it out to get prepared for your sailing adventures out in the St.Johns at the Rudder Club of Jacksonville. Also it might be a great idea for the juniors to have two to four feet of rope so they can practice the sailing knots we will learn in class and please don't forget your sunscreen.

Thank you, William Boudreaux US Sailing Instructor

 

 

If you're a beginner learning to sail, the Rudder Club has the instruction you need to learn the art of sailing.

2015 Class Sessions
Class sessions are two weekends, both Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm, with an introductory session held the Friday evening prior to the first weekend class from 7pm to 8:30pm. The following class sessions are available:

The cost for the sailing class is $200 for Rudder Club members, and $250 for non-members, which includes all four days of instruction and the instruction book. A minimum of 4 students are required to hold a class, so invite your family and friends to get involved in sailing!

Schedule
April 11th/12th & 18th/19th
May 9th/10th & 16th/17th
June 6th/7th & 13th/14th
July 25th/26th & Aug 1st/2nd
September 5th/6th & 12th/13th

Contact

Office@RudderClub.com 

 

 

Halifax River Yacht Club

The Halifax River Yacht Club was founded in 1896 in Daytona, Florida. We are the oldest yacht club on the eastern seacoast still on its original site. In the Daytona Beach area, we are proudly known to be the one private organization in continuous operation from 1896 to the present - spanning three centuries.

The objects and purposes of the Halifax River Yacht Club are the encouragement of boating & yachting and boat & yacht building, the cultivation of seamanship and naval science, and the promotion of sociability, entertainment, enjoyment and benevolence among its members.

Race #3,4&5 - April 18-19, 2015 (SYC Lipton Cup)
Race #6 - May 3, 2015
Race #7 – June 20, 2015 (SYC Summer Solstice)
HRYC Double Handed Race – July 12, 2015
Race #8 - July 26, 2015
Race #9 - August 23, 2015
St. Augustine Dash – Sept. 4, 2015
Race #10 - September 20, 2015 (Old Timer’s Race)

To contact the club via email: office@RudderClub.com, or phone: 904-264-4094.

 

 

SE US Boat ShowThe Southeast US Boat Show Friday, April 10, 2015 10:00 AM - 08:00 PM

METROPOLITAN PARK AND MARINA
1410 GATOR BLVD
JACKSONVILLE , FL 32202
United States

904-759-2758 (Main Phone)

Pricing/Ticket Info
Adults $10.00 Children 16 and under are FREE

Ed. Note: The marina's Jim Suber tells us it's going to be a GREAT SHOW!

 

 

 

 

 

FLORIDA MASTER NATURALIST PROGRAM

REPEATING IN APRIL

ST. JOHNS COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS DEPARTMENT INVITE ... for the ST. JOHNS RIVER KAYAKERS AND NATURE EXPLORERS

Hello Kayakers and nature lovers,

Here are the latest Kayak trip we are offering in April. Don’t forget about the 11th Annual Bartram Bash on April 18th at Alpine Groves Park we will bring the kayaks down for free tours.

Trout Creek Exploration Kayak Trips

St. Johns County, FL – The St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department is hosting guided kayak tours of Trout Creek at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 24th. Launching from the boat ramp at Trout Creek Park, located at 6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, Fl. 32092, the trip will provide participants with the opportunity to spend the day exploring the urban wilderness environment, learning about the local history, and discovering the flora and fauna found along Trout Creek with St. Johns County Naturalist AyoLane Halusky. The fee for this guided trip is $20 per person for participants with their own kayak. The fee to reserve a county kayak and attend the trip is $40 per person. Seats are limited. To RSVP for a seat, or for additional information, please call 904.209.0348.

 

NEW AND IMPROVED AND FRESHLY REVISED FRESHWATER SYSTEMS

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Florida Master Naturalist Program Freshwater Wetlands Course sponsored by the St. Johns County Recreation and Parks and Duval County Extension will be offered August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, and 20, 2015.
Classroom sessions will be held at Trout Creek Park, 6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, Florida. This program is for adults who want to learn more about Florida’s environment. Individuals as well as educators and those in the eco-tourism business can benefit. Teachers may receive up to 40 hours continuing education credits. Topics include: ecosystems (swamps, marshes, and permanent wetlands), key plants and wildlife, and the role of humans in shaping the environment.
Each module includes classroom presentations, videos, field trips, and practical interpretation. Advance registration is required. Course fee is $225.  Course instructors are AyoLane Halusky and Carol Wyninger.  
Student requirements include attendance, participation, and enthusiasm!

For registration and program information contact the web site www.masternaturalist.org .  For further questions contact Carol Wyninger at (904)220-0232 or wyninger@comcast.net , or AyoLane Halusky at (904) 209-0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us .   Registration closes July 28, 2015.

 

Mr. AyoLane Halusky
St. Johns County Naturalist
Department of Recreation and Parks
Trout Creek Park
6795 Collier Rd.
St. Augustine  Fl. 32092
904-209-0348 office

www.sjcfl.us/recreation
www.sjcfl.us/CountyNaturalist/

 

 

PORT OF CALL ST. AUGUSTINE CRUISERS' SHUTTLE

Port of Call St Augustine has launched their new Cruisers’ Shuttle servicing Mariners at the City Municipal and Hidden Harbor Marinas. The current schedule will transport visitors to all the necessary provisioning spots and watering holes.

Clean and efficient transportation at a great price has finally arrived. Five dollars will buy you an all- day pass and Albert, the extraordinary bus driver, makes every effort to be sure your provisioning is complete. Our Shuttle is designed to meet every requirement of the transient mariner. For example, the West Route can accommodate your propane tanks with the best price in town on refills. As far as purchasing supplies, there is no such thing as buying too much.

The back of the Shuttle is designed to stack and carry all the groceries and supplies you can stand to buy. Our eight passenger Scuttle bus will tie up any loose ends with the 10 am Scuttle Run which handles everything from clearing Customs to supply deliveries from the local chandleries. Special handling can be arranged through our office if you call ahead.

Tune into the local Cruisers Net Radio at 9am VHF CH 72 for daily information or go to our website portofcallsa.com  for the latest information on the Shuttle schedule.

PORT OF CALL SAINT AUGUSTINE: YOUR SOURCE ON THE WATER
Portofcallsa.com
904-429-5045
PS - 3PM, March 20th ...
The new Spring Schedule has just be added to the web site. Check it out!
 

 

SIXTH ANNUAL "THUNDER ON COCOA BEACH"

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015 12:00 PM
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Cocoa Beach/ Port Canaveral

321-799-9444 (Main Phone)
Pricing/Ticket Info
VIP Viewing tickets available

Suitable for Children
Boat Racing

Event Dates and Times
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 12:00 PM - Sunday,  May 17, 2015 9:00 PM

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER

Wabasso - Welcome to our 64-acre island campus

SUMMER ECOLOGY ADVENTURES

A wide range of summer camps for students from pre-kindergarten through the 7th grade is available at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) this summer. Half day adventures are offered to children who are entering pre-kindergarten through the 3rd grade. Full day adventures target students entering the 4th through the 7th grades. The aim of all these programs is to help the student discover and appreciate the variety of living things that populate our Indian River Lagoon, and at the same time, have fun doing it.

There are numerous half day sessions that run for four consecutive days during June and July. “Little Wonders” introduces pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children who are at least 4 years old to nature through eco-activities, stories, and crafts. “Young Explorers” for those entering the 1st grade explores the forests, gardens, and trails on the ELC’s island campus. “Our Living World” is an opportunity for those entering the 2nd and 3rd grades to learn more about all the plants and animals on the island campus. Participants will receive a snack and a drink each day. The cost for each child is $60, or $55 for ELC Members, for the 4 day session.

For those entering the 4th and the 5th grades, “Island Adventure” will be spent exploring the barrier island and several islands in the Indian River Lagoon by canoeing, hiking, beachcombing, seining, and boating for 3 consecutive days. Highlights include the use of GPS for geocaching, exploring islands in the Lagoon, and seine netting off of a spoil island. The cost per student is $110, or $100 for ELC Members.

“Marine Safari” for those entering the 6th and the 7th grades is an energy intensive program where the participants will discover marine life through snorkeling, canoeing, beachcombing, and boating in the Indian River Lagoon. Students will enjoy seine netting in some of the best grass flats in the Lagoon, and great snorkeling in a tidal pool at the Sebastian Inlet. The cost for each student is $120, or $110 for ELC Members, for the 3 day program.

The complete schedule is available on line at www.DiscoverELC.org . To register for any of the programs or get additional information, call (772)589-5050 ext. 114. 

There are a limited number of scholarships available through the Maggy Bowman Scholarship Fund. An application may be requested by calling ELC Naturalist, Rosemary Badger, at (772) 589-5050 ext. 108.  

Adventures start at the Environmental Learning Center which is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the end of the Wabasso Bridge. Its 64-acre campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities, gift shop, and visitor center. ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, Eco-ventures, including nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures can be found at www.DiscoverELC.org . Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under are free, and ELC Members receive free admission year-round. The first Saturday of every month is free to all.

The Discovery Station is home to the largest brackish water aquarium in Indian River County, a touch tank (open limited hours) where you can get up close and personal with some of the critters that occupy the Indian River Lagoon, 3 other aquariums, dioramas with lift panels, hands-on exhibits and a life-size replica of a manatee’s head where you can experience how a manatee eats seagrass from the lagoon floor.

 

 

Twenty-first LANTANA FISHING DERBY

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015 07:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Old Key Lime House - Weigh In
300 E Ocean Avenue
Lantana

561-585-8664 (Main Phone)
Pricing/Ticket Info
Anglers entry $200.00 before April 17th After April 17th $250.00 Awards Party on May 3rd, anglers receive meal ticket and family members can purchase meal tickets for $10.00
Suitable for Children

Category
Salt Water Fishing Tournaments

Saturday, May 2 - 7:00 AM
21st Annual Lantana Fishing Derby
Over $10,000 in cash and prizes
Register early and win!
CASH PRIZES
Our biggest payouts ever!

$2500 for Largest Fish

Kingfish 1st place $1250
2nd place $750
3rd place $500

Dolphin 1st place $1250
2nd place $750
3rd place $500

Wahoo 1st place $1250
2nd place $750
3rd place $500

The D&D Monster Bonus - An additional $500 if the largest overall fish weighs over 60 lbs!

One cash prize per category per boat.  Maximum three cash prizes per boat.
Boat winning the largest overall fish will not qualify for other prizes in that category.
All fish must be of legal size. All prizes determined by weight

Register Early and Win!
Boats registered by April 17 will be entered into drawing for great prizes!

 

 

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Palm Harbor Marina2

 

 

FLORIDA KEYS & KEY WEST 2015 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

FLORIDA KEYS -- The Florida Keys & Key West provide year-round entertainment for visitors, from festivals focusing on the area's colorful history, artistic culture and eccentric ambiance to events celebrating the Keys underwater paradise and culinary offerings.

 

SET FOR ISLAMORADA APRIL 5

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys -- Divers and snorkelers visiting the Florida Keys who want to become deep-sea "egg-splorers" while supporting a Keys charity can join the annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt staged Sunday, April 5, in the warm, clear waters off Islamorada.

The unique Easter Sunday event is hosted by Captain Slate's Scuba Adventures, located at mile marker 90.7 oceanside in Tavernier at the Casa Mar Village shopping enclave.

Captain "Cottontail" Spencer Slate has offered dive, snorkel, underwater wedding and glass-bottom boat packages in Florida Keys waters since 1978. He also promotes ocean conservation to divers, encouraging them to be active stewards of the undersea environment.

Slate is renowned for staging offbeat events such as the Easter "egg-stravaganza," a popular underwater game of hide-and-seek that awards prizes to participants, including a particularly valuable goodie basket for the fortunate finder of a "golden egg."

Preceding the search, Captain Slate dons a giant bunny suit and dive gear and hides brightly colored Easter eggs for eager bounty hunters. Real eggs and nontoxic dyes are used to avoid negative environmental impacts.

Boats full of egg seekers then head out to a secret location adjacent to shallow reefs in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, where the philanthropic revelers take the plunge to find the hard-boiled hoard.

A morning two-tank trip, the dive excursion is specially priced at $65 per certified diver, including tanks and weights. Snorkelers pay $30 per adult and $25 per child, including gear.

Divers and snorkelers are asked to check in at 8 a.m. Easter morning at Captain Slate's Scuba Adventures. Up to three boats are scheduled to depart at 8:30 a.m. Participants must pre-register for the event.

Money raised during the annual undersea hunt benefits Kids In Special Situations, providing the area’s needy children gifts and holiday cheer throughout the year.

Event information: www.captainslate.com
Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada  or 1-800-FAB-KEYS

 

Register To Win A Carrabelle Coastal Adventure Getaway!

Register now to be entered in the Carrabelle Coastal Adventure Getaway Contest sponsored by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. The contest, which runs through March 31, will feature a two night  stay in Carrabelle between April 7 and May 31, 2015, two meals at area Franklin County restaurants, a half day fishing or eco-tour trip and tickets to climb the Historic Crooked River Lighthouse. This is a perfect time of year to enjoy the coast. Register today by clicking here.

 

Carrabelle Literary and Music Events

Carrabelle Coastal Art Exhibit The Carrabelle Artists Association is presenting its Annual Coastal Art Showcase beginning March 6 at the Rio Carrabelle Gallery in Carrabelle and running through April 26.

 

VIKING YACHTS KEY WEST CHALLENGE TO TEST ANGLERS' SKILL APRIL 8-11

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Anglers who own Viking Yachts can target sailfish, marlin and five other species during the Viking Yachts Key West Challenge set for Wednesday through Saturday, April 8-11, in the waters surrounding Key West.

Grand champion trophies await the angler and boat team that score the most points for sailfish, white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, dolphin, cobia, kingfish and wahoo. All billfish must be released unharmed to qualify for points.

First- through third-place trophies are earmarked for the individual anglers and teams scoring the most points for each separate species. Other awards recognize the top female angler and top junior angler (age 15 and under).

Events in the family-friendly tournament begin Wednesday, April 8, with a 4 p.m. check-in on the second floor at Dante's Key West, 951 Caroline St. at Conch Harbor Marina. A mandatory captains meeting follows at 5 p.m.

Fishing is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, and Saturday, April 11.

Social highlights are to include a dinner buffet on the second floor at Dante's scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday. Cocktails and an awards dinner follow Saturday's fishing at 7:30 p.m. on the pier at the Westin Key West Resort & Marina, 245 Front St.

Other tournament social events include a pool party lunch for anglers and their guests Friday, April 10, the nonfishing "lay day," on Dante’s poolside dining deck. Friday's schedule also features a kids’ dock tournament at the Galleon Marina pier, 619 Front St., and a family-friendly scavenger hunt.

The $2,400 per boat entry fee allows up to six people to fish, including the captain and mate, and includes admission to tournament social events.

Tournament information and registration: www.keywestchallenge.com/pages/index.asp 
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest  or 1-800-LAST-KEY 

 

FINAL SAIL TOURNAMENT SET FOR APRIL 15-19 IN KEY WEST

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Billfish are the primary target and significant cash prizes are the "bait" for anglers in the Final Sail, a boat tournament set for Wednesday through Sunday, April 15-19, in Key West waters.

The tournament is the grand finale of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series, a prestigious competition for elite billfishing teams that consists of four South Florida tournaments. Nearly $2 million dollars in cash was awarded during the 2014 Quest for the Crest series.

Plans call for the Final Sail to start with a kick-off party at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Westin Key West Resort & Marina, 245 Front St. The party is to feature live music, food and drinks, and silent and live auctions. A captains meeting is set for 6:30 p.m.

Anglers can fish from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday. A brunch and awards ceremony round out the weekend schedule beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Westin.

Sailfish, blue marlin and white marlin are the primary targets during the Final Sail, and all billfish must be released to count for points. In addition, each boat team can weigh in one of each eligible fun fish species -- dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, cobia and tuna -- for points during the tournament.

The early entry fee is $3,750 plus tax per boat if received on or before March 24. The fee enables an unlimited number of anglers to compete on the team and includes six tournament social passes. After March 24, the entry fee is $4,500 plus tax per boat.

In the general division, the team that releases the most sailfish is to take home $50,000. A cash prize of $18,000 is slated for the second-place team and $10,000 awaits the team in third place. Other cash prizes and trophies include those for individual anglers.

Teams also can compete in optional entry categories that provide additional payouts, including those for daily top scorers, for an additional entry fee. Among them are a winner-take-all Big Fish Bonanza with a $13,500 prize and the high-stakes Big Easy category with a first-place award of $63,000.

Event information and registration: www.bluewatermovements.com 
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest  or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Florida Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing 

 

RACERS TO CIRCLE ISLAND DURING KEY WEST PADDLE CLASSIC

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- The 12-mile distance around the island of Key West is to become a saltwater racecourse for competitors on paddleboards and self-propelled watercraft during the 2015 Key West Paddle Classic. The race is scheduled Saturday, May 2, with accompanying events for participants Thursday through Sunday, April 30 through May 3.

Presented by Lazy Dog Adventures and the Turtle Kraals Restaurant & Bar, the challenge is open to watersports enthusiasts on standup paddleboards, prone boards, outrigger canoes, dory boats, surf skis and kayaks.

Participants can compete in the 12-mile elite race or the 4-mile open race. Events are headquartered at Higgs Beach at 1000 Atlantic Blvd. on the Atlantic Ocean.

The 12-mile race is a World Paddle Association southeast region national points event.

Saturday's action kicks off with a 7:30 a.m. expo opening at Higgs Beach. An ocean start for participants in the 12-mile race is set for 9 a.m., followed by a 9:15 a.m. start for the 4-mile event.

The 12-mile course takes competitors past island landmarks such as the Southernmost Point marker and Mallory Square, site of Key West's nightly sunset celebration. After circumnavigating the island, racers finish at Higgs Beach.

The 4-mile race is to follow an out-and-back course determined by wind and tide conditions.

An awards celebration is planned for 6-10 p.m. Saturday outside the Turtle Kraals at Key West’s Lands End Village, located at the foot of Margaret Street. Highlights include awards presentations, prize drawings, live music, dancing and food and drink specials.

The weekend also features a 5-7 p.m. meet-and-greet April 30 at Lazy Dog at Hurricane Hole Marina, 5130 U.S. Highway 1. A standup paddleboard clinic is set for 2-4 p.m. May 1 at Higgs Beach followed by a 5-8 p.m. kick-off party and registration packet pickup at the Turtle Kraals.

Events are to conclude Sunday, May 3, with a Higgs Beach day featuring a kids’ SUP clinic and race, a Special Olympics race, adult sprint races and a paddleboard relay for four-person teams.

Event information and registration: www.lazydog.com/index.php/paddleboard-classic/
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest  or 1-800-LAST-KEY

 

SERIOUS BEACHIN' FUN PLANNED FOR FLORIDA KEYS DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL MAY 16

MARATHON, Florida Keys -- The annual Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival set for Saturday, May 16, at Marathon's Sombrero Beach offers a direct-from-the-beach launch for teams of 20 paddlers to power their sleek boats in unison.

Each year crowds of spectators get a close-up view of the elaborately decorated 40-foot-long racing "dragons" along a 400-meter racecourse parallel to the beach. Dragon boats are propelled by teams of men and women of all ages in an inspiring display of strength and teamwork.

Dragons represent strength and are a powerful symbol of spring rains and growth in Chinese culture. The modern dragon boat race re-enacts a legend from the fourth century B.C. in which the patriotic poet Qu Yuan, advisor to the emperor of the Ch'u dynasty, defied his ruler by drowning himself in the Mi Lo River. In a race to save their martyr Qu Yuan from the creatures of the deep, fishermen beat drums and vigorously splashed the water with their paddles.

Corporate, community and recreational club teams can compete in the dragon boat races. Teams can register as mixed, women, senior or youth as well as breast cancer survivors, whose competitive teams regularly participate in a countrywide dragon-race circuit.

Interested groups can form a team or individual paddlers can be placed on an existing team. Team entry deadline is May 8. Each team is to race three times on race day.

Shoreside attractions are plentiful during the festival including food and beverages, merchandise, kids' play areas and entertainment. There is no charge to attend beachside activities.

Racing begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and concludes around 2 p.m., followed by awards, music and a beach celebration.

Pledges benefit Heron Peacock Supported Living, a local charity that provides services and support for low-income residents who have been diagnosed with mental illness.

Event information and team registration: www.battleinthebaydragonboat.com/
Marathon visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/marathon  or 1-800-262-7284

 

FLORIDA KEYS DOLPHIN CHAMPIONSHIP TO OFFER MORE THAN $100K IN PRIZES MAY 15-17

FLORIDA KEYS -- Anglers can vie for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes during the annual Florida Keys Dolphin Championship set for Friday through Sunday, May 15-17. In addition, the entrant that catches the largest dolphin fish weighing over 55 pounds wins $50,000 toward a new order of an Offshore Series SeaHunter boat.

Entrants in the uniquely formatted tournament, presented by Mercury/SeaHunter Boats and Lower Keys Tackle, can pursue dolphin in the waters from Key West to Miami. They can report their catches at any of five weigh stations set up from Miami to Key West.

Final registration is to take place at all five weigh stations from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 15, with captains meetings scheduled for 6:30 p.m. For registration and weigh station locations, visit www.floridakeysdolphinchampionship.com .

Anglers can fish beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17. Weigh-in is scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tournament awards ceremonies are to take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the weigh stations.

A $15,000 first-place award awaits the team that catches the largest dolphin by weight. Cash and prizes are to be presented through fifth place for the overall tournament, as are trophies to the top three largest dolphin winners and the top junior and female anglers at each of the five weigh-in locations.

Teams also can buy into any or all of three optional entry categories to be eligible for additional cash awards.

The entry fee is $500 per team through May 1, 2015, and $600 per team thereafter. Any number of anglers can make up a team. Professional anglers, captains, guides and mates are eligible to participate as anglers.


Event information, rules and registration: www.floridakeysdolphinchampionship.com  or 305-396-2025
Florida Keys visitor information: www.fla-keys.com  or 1-800-FLA-KEYS (352-5397)
Florida Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing

 

 

FORT DE SOTO PARK NAMED ONE OF FLORIDA’S BEST BEACHES

Pinellas County’s Fort De Soto Park has been chosen as one of the 10 best beaches in Florida. Sponsored by USA Today, the 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest presented a list of top beaches selected by a panel of experts. Those beaches were then voted on by readers to determine the top ten.

As one of the winners, the beach at Fort De Soto Park will be featured in USA Today’s print and online editions. Pinellas County is known for its picture perfect beaches. Residents can enjoy this award winning beach year-round. The full list of winners can be found online at www.10Best.com .

For more information on Fort De Soto Park, visit www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_ft_DeSoto.htm .

The Pinellas County app is available to connect citizens to their government and make it easy to report issues and access useful resources. Pinellas County can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. More information is available on the county website, www.pinellascounty.org , which features LiveChat for assistance. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mary Burrell
Public Information Manager
Pinellas County Communications
333 Chestnut St, Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone (727) 453-3065

 

 

FSU Marine Lab Open House

The FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory (located at 3618 Coastal Highway 98, St. Teresa, FL) will hold Open House Event on April 25, 2015 from 10 am to 3 pm. It only happens every other year, so mark your calendars! From tiny tots to the most mature adults and those of us who never quite grew up -- there will be something to educate, fascinate and entertain everyone! Click here for more information.

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