Yachts anchor all across Beaufort Channel on the closing Sunday of the annual North Carolina Seafood Festival in Morehead City. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters alike watch from their cockpits as the procession begins. Sometimes the parade of commercial fishing boats is 50 strong, with those skippers having run from as far away as Maine to attend. Songs are sung. Prayers are offered. When the blessing of the fleet ends, some yachtsmen gently lay wreaths in the current.