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A Seemingly Sleepy Fishing Village Offers a Plethora of Sail

Recognized as the Sailing Capital of North Carolina, the serene, maritime village of Oriental offers several tournaments and regattas throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn months.

Regattas, Tournaments and So Much More in Oriental, North Carolina

Every year in late-April/early-May, The Oriental Dinghy Club of North Carolina holds their Annual Spring Regatta on the waters of the Neuse River. Large and small boat owners alike are invited to race and everyone can take part in the variety of social gathering events held throughout the weekend. The Oriental Dinghy Club also sponsors several more races throughout the seasons including the SOLO Race in October which welcomes boaters from near and far.

Early June is typically the time for the Oriental Cup Regatta, also referred to as the Premier Sailing Event of the Year. The weekend includes not only sailboat racing, but a full calendar of events that includes a Welcome Picnic, live music, fabulous food, dancing and more. The registration fee also provides you with one Regatta souvenir T-shirt and two land passes allowing complimentary entry to all meals and events! All proceeds benefit the Bill Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Taking place every year during the last weekend in July, The Rotary Club of Oriental sponsors their Annual Tarpon Tournament. It is the sport-fishing event of the year here, with cash and prizes totaling over $20,000! And the proceeds benefit a great cause The Oriental Rotary Scholarship Fund.

Whether you enjoy entering in or just watching boat races and regattas, Oriental NC may be the place for you - visit it and see for yourself!

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