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Camp Sea Gull hosts the Opti Southeast Championships

Marymac Flanagan, a nine-year-old beginning sailor from Alabama, sails Greens Creek in Oriental, N.C., coached by Elizabeth Sligh, an instructor at Bow to Stern Sailing Camp. Photo by Kathy Bohanan Enzerink
Opti Southeast Championships – Marymac Flanagan, a nine-year-old beginning sailor from Alabama, sails Greens Creek in Oriental, N.C., coached by Elizabeth Sligh, an instructor at Bow to Stern Sailing Camp. Photo by Kathy Bohanan Enzerink

Uniform white sails will dot the Neuse River Sept. 21-23 when more than 100 sailors ages 8-15 converge at Camp Sea Gull in Arapahoe, N.C., to compete in the U.S. Optimist Dinghy Organization’s Opti Southeast Championships. The Opti Southeast Championships is usually held at Lake Lanier near Atlanta or Lake Norman close to Charlotte.

“We at Camps Sea Gull and Seafarer are thrilled to have been selected to host the 2012 event,” says camp program director John Hyde. “There are several Opti clubs in this area, but this particular championship race reaches out to youth from Maryland to New Orleans.”

In addition to the competition at the Opti Southeast Championships, a Green Fleet program provides beginning youth sailors a fun, learn-to-race experience. Principle Race Officer Hal Smith from Easley, S.C., said, “If I were to design a venue to host regattas, it would look like Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer.”

Unique to Camp Sea Gull is the ability to house everyone in on-site, cabins. Regular camp activities are available both during and outside the racing events, including self-serve tennis, golf, swimming and the popular sharks tooth dig and staff-assisted archery, canoeing, zip-line and rifling.

Camp Sea Gull for boys and Camp Seafarer for girls are branches of the YMCA of the Triangle in Arapahoe, N.C. Visit www.SeaGull-Seafarer.org for information about this championship race.

USODA’s Midwinter Regatta is Nov. 21-24 in New Orleans. The countrywide circuit begins in January in Jensen Beach, Fla., followed by events in St. Petersburg, Fla., Corpus Christie and Houston, Texas. Visit www.USODA.org to learn more about the organization and to view the entire 2013 Regatta calendar.

ORIENTAL BOATING EVENTS
The Sailing Capital of North Carolina lives up to its reputation as sailors set their course for several regattas this month. Oriental Dinghy Club events include the two-day Labor Day weekend round-trip Michelob Lite Cup Regatta to New Bern and back; the Sept. 15 Oriental Cup (a fundraiser for local scholarships); the Greens Creek Regatta for boats less than 20 feet on Sept. 22; and the Ensign Invitational Regatta Sept. 29-30. For further info, visit www.orientaldinghyclub.com or www.nyra.org.

Like to fish? Bring your pole and kayak Sept. 8 to the Teach’s Cove Kayak Fishing Tournament.  Raleigh student Huston Wallace started the event three years ago as a high school project because he enjoys fishing from his kayak. Proceeds benefit County residents recovering from Hurricane Irene, which devastated many businesses and homes in the area Aug. 27, 2011. Contact Wallace at huston@tckft.com.

 

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