Post by Amanda Jones - Published on 3/29/19 8:00 AM
Welcome to April! We're hoping April's showers don't get the best of us and that May flowers come just a tiny bit earlier this year.
While even the slightest hint of warm weather is motivation enough to finalize a float plan and head to the harbor, sometimes a boating-related excursion can help kick the crew into high gear. Find a regatta, beach clean-up, or boating education event near you.
April 28: The 37th Annual Run of the Charles is Boston's Premier Paddling Race. It is the largest flat-bottomed boat race in New England and a major event in Greater Boston, drawing over 1,500 racers and spectators.
Fall River –
Battleship Cove Maritime Museum is open for the season beginning on April 1! Check out all the great events taking place:
April 1: Opening Day of Battleship Cove & Maritime Museum.
April 13: Hop to the Carousel at Battleship Cove and meet the Easter Bunny, go an egg hunt, Easter crafts, and ride on the carousel. Grab your tickets here.
April 16 - 20: Liberty Week at Battleship Cove. Explore a sailor's life with demonstrations, fun activities and games.
April 27: Amateur Radio Day. Radio communications were absolutely crucial for Navy ships in the past. Join in while members of the Massasoit Amateur Radio Association make contact with operators near and far.
April 27: Insiders Tour of the Destroyer. Tickets are $65 for general admission and can be purchased here.
April 6: A Skimmer Tour & Point Section Cleanup is taking place at Perrotti Park. Help kick-off the fourth marina trash skimmer season just in time to celebrate Earth Month from 12 - 2 PM.
April 7: The Alliance Francaise de Newport of Newport is presenting Solo Ocean Racing: A Special French Sport. Listen to Emmanuel Dary, a French Naval Commandant, tell the tales of famous solo races and racers at Salve Regina University.
April 9: The Ocean Science Speaker Series is continuing this month at the Newport Public Library with a recent University of Rhode Island graduate, Sabrina Pereira, providing an overview of her research "Needs for Marine Beaches." She will also present results from water quality and environmental data used to build a statistical model for marine beach managers.
April 16: NewportFilm and Around the Buoy & Latitude Yachts are presenting the film Morning Light (2008). Fifteen young sailors..six months of intense training..one chance at the brass ring. This documentary tells the story of a group of intrepid and determined young men and women as they embark on life's first great adventure.
Frankford Township – April 8 - 10: The Skylands Boat Show.
April 11: The Women's Sailing Club of Annapolis is hosting a meeting from 7 - 9 PM to teach sailing terminology to members of all skill levels. It is important to know the correct terminology while sailing to keep everyone on board safe! They will also be having trivia and prizes.
April 12 -14: On-Water Training at Bay Bridge Marina is being offered by BoatU.S. for the Bay Bridge Boat Show.
The three classes being offered include:
Introduction to Boating for $149.00
Women Making Waves for $149.00
Precision Docking & Boat Handling for $149.00
April 12 - 14: Kick off your boating season at The Bay Bridge Boat Show! This is the largest spring in-water boat show north of Florida. The show will feature more than 400 powerboats from 7 to 70 feet including an impressive collection of fishing boats, center consoles, trawlers, express cruises, pontoon boats, and much more!
Hampton – April 27: The Hampton Yacht Club is offering a course, Starting Line 101, from 9 AM - 12 PM to teach sailors how to approach the starting line, race marks and finish with confidence.
Cape Charles – April 26: The 12th Annual Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony at Cape Charles Town Harbor Marina. Celebrate the local watermen and bless them for a safe, successful, and fair weather harvest. The ceremony beings at 6 PM.
April 27 - 28: Oak Island Parks and Recreation is offering the first annual fishing program called WAIT - Women Anglers In Training. The program is for beginners and more advanced angler women. It will run from 9 AM - 3 PM.
Pompano Beach – April 28: The Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival is held oceanfront at the Pompano Pier. Enjoy fresh local seafood prepared by area restaurants.
Orlando – April 13: AquaPalooza! Join Central Florida MarineMax team for the biggest party of the year at the Disappearing Island sandbar for the day.
April 5 - 7: The Clearwater Boat Show is taking place at the Westfield Countryside Mall. Tickets are only $5.00 for adults!
April 20: MarineMax is hosting an Introduction to Boating Class from 9 AM - 12 PM. If you are a new boat owner or getting on the water for the first time, this class will help you learn boat terminology, boating safety, basic maintenance, rules of the water, and boat features + parts.
Panama City Beach – April 24 - 28: The 2019 Seabreeze Jazz Festival features the top names in smooth jazz in one long weekend.
Jacksonville – April 5 - 7: The Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show.
Safety Harbor – April 8 - 10: The Safety Harbor Boat Show.
Sarasota – April 26 - 28: The 37th Annual Suncoast Boat Show is taking place in downtown Sarasota at Marina Jack. Enjoy the great outdoors while pricing and comparing hundreds of boats!
Plan your next stay at Marina Del Rey Marina and check out all these fantastic events taking place around the marina this month -
Every Saturday in April: Marina Del Rey Farmers Market at County Parking Lot 11.
Every Sunday in April: Free yoga in Burton Chace Park from 11:30 - 12:30 PM.
April 17 & 24: Sunset Series Regattas 2019 hosted by The California Yacht Club. This series of sailing races will take place Wednesdays from 6 - 8 PM. The best viewing spots are at Fisherman's Village and Burton Chace Park.
Newport Beach – April 25 - 28: The 46th Annual Newport Boat Show is taking place at Lido Marina Village. This year's show will feature the newest vessels to reach the Western United States.
April 3, 10 & 17: The Yaquina Bay Yacht Club is hosting a discussion to help sailors learn the rules of racing and other sailing tactics. Free and open to members and local non-member sailors who may want to know more about race season.
April 20: The Newport Public Library is hosting a Speaker Series Meeting at the Newport Public Library with the Chief Scientists at Oregon Sea Grant.
Port Angeles – April 1: Jellies Exhibit Grand Opening at the Feiro Marine Life Center. Watch mesmerizing moon jellyfish pulse to the beat of the sea!
April 19: Mysteries of Salmon - Locks Talk with Professor Thomas Quinn of UW College of the Environment. Listen to Professor Thomas talk about his research which included the interactions between wild and hatchery-produced fish, and the movements of salmon and trout in Puget Sound.
April 23 - 27: Trawlerfest 2019 in downtown Seattle. General Admission is $15 in advance and $18 onsite. Click here to purchase tickets!
Port Clinton – April 26 - 28: Celebrate the beginning of spring at The Catawba Island Boat Show, and see the newest and most innovative boats to suit your boating lifestyle.
Hot Springs – April 4 - 6: The Hot Springs Classic is taking place on Lake Hamilton with tons of boating events to start Spring off the right way. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here.
April 10 - 13: White Marlin Roundup fishing tournament is leg one of the Abaco Diamond Series which is a perfect transition from sailfish to blue marlin season.
April 12 - 14: Acklins Island Regatta is an annual sailing competition featuring a variety of festive activities, in addition to racing with Class A, B and C sloops.
April 18 - 22: The Going Back to the Island Festival is a fun and activity-filled celebration that will feature a beauty pageant, Easter egg hunt, jack stones, hopscotch, a concert, and lots and lots of food.
April 19 - 21: Join in on the fun for the Bimini Homecoming festival. This event is in honor of the locals who return home and join together in celebration.