Dragon Boat Races in Grace Harbor

August 13 - 14, 2016

Grace Harbor at River Dunes is delighted to be hosting the 2016 Oriental Dragon Boat Festival.  The races will be held on Saturday, August 13th, with a practice day on Friday, August 12th.  Teams of 20 rowers plus a drummer and steersperson, representing various charities, will be arriving to paddle these decorated flat water canoes in the protected waters of the marina.  The key to success in Dragon Boat racing is teamwork, and many of the participants represent members of the Armed Forces, local businesses, and cancer survivors.  It’s a great event for some very worthy causes.

In addition to the races, there will be food and other vendors, a team parade, and the traditional dotting of the Dragon’s Eye.

Find more information, team registration forms and sponsorship forms at the Oriental Dragon Boat website.


Harborfest & The Oriental Cup Regatta

September 16 - 18, 2016

This year, the the Oriental Dinghy Club and Heartworks have joined together to create a weekend full of fun and excitement on land and water for all ages!  Hosted and sponsored by River Dunes, Harborfest for Heartworks will feature some wonderful events on Friday evening and during the day on Saturday, highlighted by a Gala Dinner Dance on Saturday evening.  In conjunction with the Harborfest activities, the Oriental Cup Regatta will be happening on the great sailing waters just off River Dunes Marina.  It is a great opportunity to join the sailing community and support a local non-profit that provides services to the children and families of Pamlico County while enjoying two of our favorite things to do in coastal NC – getting on the water and having fun!

Information, registration and tickets are available at the Harborfest-Oriental Cup website.

Friday, September 16th

5:00 pm – Oriental Cup Regatta Registration

5:30 pm – Harborfest for Heartworks Kick-Off catered by Roland’s Barbecue with live performance by Saltwater Gold – $25 per person

Saturday , September 17th

 8:00  am – Skipper’s Meeting & Continental Breakfast for Regatta Participants

11:00 am – Corvette Car Show and Live Music at the Pavilion – Free Admission

 5:30  pm – Harborfest for Heartworks Gala Dinner Dance –  Buffet dinner prepared by The Chelsea with Entertainment and Music for Dancing provided by Punch – $75 per person

Sunday, September 18th

8:00  am – Breakfast & Bloody Marys under the Tent for Regatta Participants

Regatta Awards will be announced on Sunday after the second series of around-the-can races

Boater’s Special Package

For $350, boaters have access to three nights’ dockage at River Dunes Harbor Club Marina, two tickets to Friday night’s food/music/dance, two tickets to Saturday night’s Gala dinner, two tickets to Sunday morning’s Bloody Mary breakfast, use of the River Dunes’ facilities, and easy access to all the Harborfest activities.

Beat the Fleet

This year, racers can test their fundraising skills against one another in a Beat the Fleet campaign by recruiting friends and family to donate funds in their boat’s name, hoping to win first place on the Oriental Cup Fundraising Leaderboard.  Donations made online will be tallied continuously with the top three grossing skippers recognized at the Gala.  It’s for the kids of Pamlico County that everyone works and plays this weekend.  Please come out and support the efforts of Heartworks!

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