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2019 Oriental Cup Regatta
Relaunch of an Oriental tradition
September 23, 2019

T
hirty-one years racing on the Neuse. The Oriental Cup Regatta, cancelled in 2018 for Hurricane Florence, was held in mid-September after Hurricane Dorian.

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Waving from Wizard.

In the past, the regatta was a big deal, drawing as many as 100 boats for the competition. It’s been more modest in recent years, but an effort by the Nautical Co-op, which is a cooperative between Oriental’s three sailing clubs (ODC, NSA & SCOO) have relaunched the event. As a cooperative of three organizations, they have more energy and human resources to deploy; over 300 members.

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It looks like a crunch; it wasn’t. The Etchells – Oriental Express and Loon – took first and second in the Spinnaker Division.

This year’s race was tempered by Hurricane Dorian, which had occurred the week before, eighteen vessels put their sails back on and registered for Saturday’s race in three divisions: Spinnaker, Jam, and Cruising. But the enthusiasm for the event was obvious when it came to Saturday night’s Low Country Boil. Over 120 registered for dinner and awards.

And this year, there was an actual cup. It’s in the name, after all. Next year, an even more impressive cup is anticipated.

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Todd Cox presents that all-important Oriental Cup. It went to John Conklin for his first place win in the Cruising Division.

Results
Spinnaker Division
1 Oriental Express Etchells, Bonnie Frazer
2 Loon Etchells, Todd Cox
3 Bad Fish J-29, Ed Doughty

Jam Division
1 Wizard Jim Blackerby
2 Duende Catalina 30, Don Munn
3 Il Gatto Nonsuch 30, Joe Valinoti
4 Rainbow Alberg 30, Sheldon Shikoluk
5 Mariposa Pearson 27-2, Steve Peters

Cruising Division
1 Halcyon C&C 37, John Conklin
2 Betelgeuse Beneteau Oceanis 40, Michael Pall
3 Gypsies Morgan, Dan Stahn
4 Island Girl Irwin 31, Rock Rockwell
5 Sanctuary Beneteau Oceanis 423, Carl Crothers
6 Jorum Gemini 35, Chris Behr
7 Sterling Catalina 30, Dennis Marlin
8 Pelikan Beneteau 37, Check Gordon
9 Tallas Oday Outlaw 26, James Burrow
10 Sounds Good II Com-PAC 23, David Burtt
11 Lucky Dragon Oday 28, Daniel Riggsbee

Proceeds from the event went to the Pamlico Coastal Activities Council, supporting youth sailing programs in Pamlico County.

The 2020 Oriental Cup is now being planned. It’s date has not yet been set. The traditional date in September, and dates in May and October are being discussed.

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Saturday morning registration on the deck of the Tiki Bar.
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An t-shirt showing the sponsors from the circa 2004 regatta.
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The crew of Badfish readies the foresail.
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Il Gatto’s wishbone rig.
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Harry Corbett works on the whisker pole aboard Todd Cox’s Etchells Loon.
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The crew of Duende rounding the mark.
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The Alberg 30 Rainbow.
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Wizard leads Il Gatto. (Photo Christel Monmoine.)
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The crowd for the Low Country Boil at O’Town. Photo Christel Monmoine.
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Skipper Bonnie Frazer with crew Henry Frazer and Kevin Bryan of the Etchells Oriental Express. They came in first in the Spinnaker division.
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Awards recipients at the Low Country Boil.

The 2020 Oriental Cup is now being planned. It’s date has not yet been set. The traditional date in September, and dates in May and October are being discussed.

Posted Monday September 23, 2019 by Allison DeWeese


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