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‘Blessing of the Fleet’ -- Annual event features variety of activities

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 19th, 2014


Kyle Retherford swims alongside his brothers during the Survival Suit Race Saturday morning. The Retherfords, as a team, placed first. -- U.S. Coast Guard member Gabriel Fry makes his way onto the life raft. He received the best individual male time.


Pulling on survival suits, jumping into cold bay waters and pushing themselves to swim as quickly as possible, a dozen fishermen, U.S. Coast Guard members and high school students participated in the Survival Suit Race.

The competition was just one of many events in the Blessing of the Fleet held Saturday in Newport, sponsored by the Newport Fishermen’s Wives.

For the complete article see the 03-19-2014 issue.

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