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2014 Greens Creek Challenge
NCSU Sailpack Team Joins In
September 10, 2014
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riental’s Greens Creek Challenge features one bridge and two creeks. The 2014 edition on September 6 drew 29 sailors in 23 boats who ran the course – twice – that started near Oriental’s harbor, ran under the Oriental bridge, up and down Greens Creek, then Smith Creek, then back under the bridge to the finish.

2014 Greens Creek
One challenge in the Greens Creek Challenge is the bridge. At left is the Nacra 5.2 with the overall winners, Ron and Trey Medlin of Wilmington. At right, a Laser sailed by Don Munn of Raleigh, who finished 3rd overall.

It’s a race for boats 20 feet and under and Sunfish predominated, but FJs were out there too, along with some Zumbas, a Laser, a Nacra, one Optimist and a NorseBoat.

2014 Greens Creek
Kara Wheeler, of Oriental, started NCSU a few weeks ago and was back home for the Greens Creek Challenge – along with 7 other members of the Sailpack, the Wolfpack sailing team. She took third place in the Sunfish division.

This 24-year old race and its collegial air – a competition but not hard-edged – had a college component this year as 8 members of the NC State sail team took part. The Sailpack this year includes three sailors with Oriental connections – freshmen Kara Wheeler and McKenna Marquart and sophomore Jackie Welles. For most though, it was their first time sailing in Oriental.

2014 Greens Creek
Greens Creek and some of the boats competing in Saturday’s race. The course started on the river side of the Oriental bridge, went under it, up Green’s Creek, up Smith’s Creek and back under the bridge to the river. (Photo: Carol Small)

Their coach, Dana Magliola said the team loved the race and the conditions. “It was great to see everyone out on the water on such a perfect day,” he said. Having wind to work with was another plus, said the coach, who noted that what wind they see at their Raleigh training lake, is often the kind that requires wearing foul weather gear.

“Our sailors are already talking about the next time, so it surely won’t be the last you see of the SailPack.” There is some preliminary talk of staging an intercollegiate regatta in Oriental in the spring.

2014 Greens Creek
One third of the NCSU sailing team and their coach, Dana Magliola, at right, after the race in Grace Evans’ yard. The coach says the team will likely be back for more racing, potentially even an intercollegiate regatta in the spring.
2014 Greens Creek
Mark Thompson and Annalise Kristofferson of the NCSU sailing squad. They won the FJ/420 division and took 4th overall. (Photo: Steve Marquart)
2014 Greens Creek
George Sechrist of Orieintal on winning first place in the Sunfish division and second overall. (TownDock judges also give him first place in the Patrick Stewart look-alike contest.)
2014 Greens Creek
The awards for this year’s Greens Creek Challenge. Nancy and Paul Welles organized the event as they have for years and as shown here, tabulated the results in the pursuit race

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Posted Wednesday September 10, 2014 by Melinda Penkava

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