Hosted by NC State, the 2017 NC Oriental Intercollegiate Regatta will take place in the village of Oriental this weekend. This event will be the largest collegiate regatta that North Carolina has ever seen. With on-shore viewing from Lou Mac Park as well as on-water viewing opportunities, this will be a great chance to see some exciting competition. Colleges will be coming from as far away as Philadelphia and Florida to make up 18 teams for both Saturday & Sunday racing. On Saturday, the racing will begin around 9:30 a.m. and continue into late afternoon. Sunday will run a similar schedule.
Sailing isn’t the only thing on the agenda for the weekend. On Saturday night, April 1st, regatta participants & supporters will enjoy a celebration Pig Pickin’ and BBQ as well as live music from local band, Salt Water Gold, at the Red Rooster (Behind the Silos) in Oriental. If you’re interested in joining in the fun Saturday evening there will be a small fee of $15 to help offset the cost of the event. Proceeds will go to NC State’s sailing team, Sail Pack. Admission bracelets are available at Nautical Wheelers and The Silos Restaurant in Oriental.
Come on out and enjoy some great racing right in our own backyard!
Off the shore of Bow to Stern, Sailors from Drexel University of Philadelphia run drills to prepare for this weekends race!
T-shirts with the image above will be on sale at Nautical Wheelers. All proceeds go to Sail Pack and to plan for next years event.