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It’s time again for the Badwater Cape Fear race and this year it falls on St. Paddy’s Day. That will be Saturday for those of you who let it creep up on you. You must register in advance for the race and there is still time to do so. The race will begin on Bald Head Island, NC and will take you through some areas which rarely see the footprints of man.

On Sunday afternoon you can take your water craft, any kind of water craft, to the City Pier in Southport, NC for the Blessing of the Fleet.

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If running is not your thing so much as being on the water is, you might want to check out the Southport Sail & Power Squadron seminar on Saturday with registration beginning at 8:30 AM. The seminar will be held at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport and will include issues relating specifically to the Cape Fear region. These will include the use of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tables and charts; how to deal with low water and mean high tide; and predicting the times of the tides. All are relevant to your fun and safety in the waters of the Cape Fear area.

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We’ve had a bit of winter the last few days though, happily, with the blessing of sun. Luckily, we can look forward to somewhat warmer weather on the weekend. Even more important because the upcoming weekend looks like it will be all about the water.  Not to worry, in this case, badwater has nothing to do with polluted water or stocking up on bottled water. Badwater refers to Badwater Cape Fear. So, if you see people running all over Bald Head Island, NC on Saturday, be assured that they are not running away from some sort of disaster. What they will be doing is taking part in a 51.4 mile ultra running race. Maybe you will be taking part, too. Maybe you want to take part. If so, check it out soon.

Blessings come to us in many ways. Sometimes, even disaster can turn out to be a blessing, though it is difficult to see that when we are involved in it. In addition to the blessing of sun in  Southport, NC this weekend, the Blessing of the Fleet is planned for Sunday. No, it is not necessary for you to own a yacht to participate in this event. Get in your little rowboat, Ski Doo or Jon boat and get yourself out there. If you will not be taking part, you may enjoy taking it all in. The Southport, NC waterfront is a great place to be on a sunny Sunday afternoon.