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50+ Boats in New Years Day Sailing in Oriental
23rd Instead of Football Regatta
January 10, 2016

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ore than 50 boats and their crews started 2016 out on the Neuse in Oriental’s Instead of Football Regatta. It was the 23rd year of the (non) race and as tradition dictates, the top 3 finishers were determined not at the finish line but in a random drawing after the sailing was over.

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The winning boat – as determined by random drawing back on land – was Joe Valinoti’s cat boat, Il Gatto.

That event was at the post-race “skippers’ meeting” which this year was held on the deck of Water Street Grill. Joe Valinoti’s Il Gatto took first place; D & Don Wogaman’s Southern Cross was 2nd and Steve and Geri LaBreck took 3rd.

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Some of the more than 50 boats that took part this year. (Photo: Kim Barefoot)
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Leslie Cameron, Ken King and Chuck Lee on Spellbinder.
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There was one cigarette boat in the regatta.
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The Instead of Football Regatta really is open to sailboats of all sizes.

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Il Gatto which won the regatta in the drawing back on land..
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Two of the multiple tanbark sails in the regatta were on one boat.
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Long Run and Captiva . Instead of Football Regatta
A wave on deck. Giving five on Take Five.
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One of the tanbark sails on the course. Tim Balfour on the Flicka, Poliwog
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Calitri and crew.

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Spellbinder
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Dick Osmun on the bow of Whisper.
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Joe Mattea at the helm of Old Glory.
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Short Cut.
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A crew scopes out what, besides 2016, is ahead.
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Take Five and Whisper.

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Two Flickas. At left, Polliwog and Bama Breeze, at right.
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What’s an event in Oriental without dragons?

Posted Sunday January 10, 2016 by Melinda Penkava


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