Sunday Blessing of the Fleet

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After leading the parade of vessels for the Blessing of the Fleet at last Sunday’s Water Festival finale, DragonBoat Beaufort’s Braveheart got some good news. Mayor Billy Keyserling came over to the Expo booth to announce that DBB was

The Commodore, on board with the Pirettes, prepares to drop the remembrance bouquet into the Beaufort River.

the winner of the Judge’s Choice Award and that the group would be receiving a donation of $100 from Water Festival. What a great accomplishment.
DragonBoat Beaufort would like to thank: Everyone on the team, including the paddlers; John, who steered the boat beautifully through her paces; coaches Greg and Kyle; the Tent Team; Ro and Ray for the last minute scramble to get your tent; to Bonnie B. who engages strangers as if they were lifelong friends; to Erica for preparing taste treats with her wonderful Dragon Breath Chow Chow; to Lee and Jesse for being there the whole day and helping us sell our wares; to Monica for her constant help and recruitment efforts; and to Richard Darby, Bernie Moscovitz and Clare Taylor for capturing it all on camera.

The remembrance bouquet drifts past Beaufort’s new dragonboat, Braveheart, the lead boat in the Blessing of the Fleet parade.





The DragonBoat Beaufort Tent Team on hearing their boat won the Judge’s Award for Best Boat in the Water Festival’s Blessing of the Fleet. From left: Erica Dickerson, Monica Codman-Nicholls, Clare Taylor, Mayor Billy Keyserling, Bonnie Breitenbecher and Lee Burkett.

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