Oriental NC

The Spirit of Christmas in Oriental

Photo by Ben Casey

Docked along wide North Carolina creeks emptying into the Neuse River, the Village of Oriental lights Christmas into an art form the second weekend in December. Years ago, Reba Tiller, then and now director of the Pamlico Chorale, wrote the …

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2014 Waterfront Fireworks AND Festivals!

Fireworks explode over the USS Yorktown and vessels anchored off Patriots Point in Charleston Harbor. Courtesy of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Here are a few Fourth of July celebrations featuring parades, festivals and fireworks. A fun day for the whole family. MARYLAND Fireworks NOTE: Ocean City Maryland delays their fireworks until the 5th due to Hurricane Arthur July 3 – Independence Day …

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Southeast Youth Summer Camp Programs 2014

Most organizations offer weeklong sessions with special courses running two weeks or longer. Times vary from half day to full day schedules. All campers must be able to pass a swim test. A USCG approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is …

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Leukemia Cup Regatta: Raise a Sail, Save a Life

The Leukemia Cup Regatta   Sailors from the Pine Harbor Yacht Club in Birmingham, Ala., came together in 1988 to raise money in memory of a friend who had lost his battle with leukemia. Twenty-five years later, what is now …

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Youth Summer Sailing Programs in the Southeast

Whether your child wants to learn to sail, enhance skills, just learn to kayak or even windsurf, there is a Youth Summer Sailing Program right in your backyard. Some of them include: Virginia:  Hampton Yacht Club. One week basic Explorer sessions, …

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Charter Fishing and Sailing in North Carolina

“We live in a unique place,” says Capt. Frank Smith. “If we can get people down here for a week or ten days, they can do it all. They can go inshore fishing, offshore fishing, sailing, you name it. We’ve …

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Nautical New Years Traditions

For dyed in the sea boaters, every day onboard is a good day – and that includes both the last and first days of the year. Throughout the Southeast, mariners have begun New Years Traditions to celebrate the New Year …

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Final Journey for the Bertram Ric-Star II

Rick Gardner, a seasoned captain with 56 years of pleasure boating experience, decided this spring – at the age of 85 – that it was time to retire from his ownership of Ric-Star II, a 42-foot Bertram. His final journey …

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Friends Await: Seven Seas Cruising Stations Growing

Since the first boat sailed over the horizon, sailors have shared experiences, knowledge (and a drink or two) with other sailors. That sharing of information and camaraderie was how the Seven Seas Cruising Association began more than 60 years ago …

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Camp Sea Gull hosts the Opti Southeast Championships

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 …

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Sailors race and raise funds for Leukemia Cure

SAILORS RACE, RAISE FUNDS FOR LEUKEMIA CURE by Kathy Bohanan Enzerink Sailors around the country have teamed up with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) since 1993 to raise funds and awareness to cure this family of cancers. Raising Sails, …

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Oriental In Water Boat Show Attracts Record Crowds

The weather was beautiful. Boat owners, builders, brokers and dealers met serious buyers. Substantive leads were garnered and deals were sealed at the Oriental In Water Boat Show. Boaters and wanna-be boaters from Louisiana to Maine converged on Oriental, North …

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Hurrying South

Arcturus made it to Florida. Barely. I’m hoping that our boat hasn’t sank yet at the dock. During the first three days of the trip down the ICW, we noticed a small leak in the bilge. I knew that the packing …

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Oriental Boat Show Kicking off in April

Popular event builds on its previous success The annual In-Water Boat Show in Oriental, NC has gotten off to a remarkable start in its first three years, and organizers are looking to build on that success in the show’s fourth …

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Boatyards Despair, BUT Boast Optimism

 “… there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows The state of the maritime industry runs the gambit from major customer base …

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