Outdoors news: Dragon boat races hit Lake Maggiore

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Dragon boats Stir calm at Lake Maggiore

Dragon boats will ply the waters of Lake Maggiore on Saturday during the Paddles Up St. Pete Festival. Thirty teams of paddlers — women's, youth and mixed — will compete all day and into the early evening. Dragon boats are short — no more than 500 yards — and intense. The boats, which usually weigh about 800 pounds empty, hold paddlers, a drummer who sets the pace and a coxswain who steers the boat with a 9-foot paddle. A top crew can cover the typical 500-meter course in about 2 minutes, 25 seconds. Paddles Up St. Pete will be held at Lake Maggiore Park (3801 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S.) from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, parking is $5 per car. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Dunedin woman paddles Hawaii

Dunedin's Karen Mirlenbrink, a 34-year-old Pilates teacher and wellness coach, recently returned from Hawaii, where she paddled an outrigger canoe in the annual Na Wahine O Ke Kai, an all-women race across the Molokai Channel. Mirlenbrink, an avid paddleboarder, was the only mainlander on the Manu O Ke Kai Canoe Club team from the North Shore of Oahu. The paddlers braved 8- to 10-foot swells and 20-knot winds during the 26-mile race.

Send news to Terry Tomalin at ttomalin@tampabay.com or call (727) 893-8808.

Solunar chart

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

9/27 12:15 6:25 12:35 6:50

9/28 1:05 7:10 1:20 7:35

9/29 1:50 7:55 2:05 8:15

9/30 2:30 8:35 2:45 8:55

10/1 3:10 9:15 3:25 9:40

10/2 3:55 9:55 4:05 10:20

10/3 4:35 10:40 4:50 11:05

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Outdoors news: Dragon boat races hit Lake Maggiore 09/26/13 [Last modified: Thursday, September 26, 2013 6:34pm]

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