Twenty sailing teams from three different yacht clubs competed in the first annual Cape Hatteras Lighthouse One Design Regatta hosted by Hatteras Sailing the last weekend in September.
The weather for sailing was amazing! Visitors and local Hatteras sailors were delighted to have had a great time at this first one-off-design sailing event for Hatteras Island.
At Saturday morning’s event, Morgan Johnson, mother of two young sailors from the Hampton Yacht Club posted: “What a great day Opti !!! Hatteras Sailing Organization rolled out the red carpet (with a) morning surf session followed by a big race followed by a group and a barbecue cooked in the pit! May Monday never come, we stay !! ”
For those who are less familiar with the lingo of sailing, “regatta” is the term used to refer to an organized sailboat racing event. Typically, a regatta is not just about sailing, but also includes parties, meals and entertainment.
Regattas are fun travel events not only for sailors, but also for their families and friends. For the past 2 years, Hatteras Sailors have raced in Chesapeake Bay, learned the ropes and networked with other competitors. The Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association hosts the closest regattas and is home to some of the best junior sailors in the world.
Jay Phillips, President of Hatteras Sailing, said: “We were honored that the knowledge our team made when we went to the Hampton Yacht Club Junior Olympic Festival came to Hatteras and joined in the fun here. It just makes sense. Hatteras himself is a fantastic draw for the Chesapeake sailors, especially with our well-known winds ”.
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Regatta was held in a 3-day format with a variety of activities reflecting the local beauty and appeal of Hatteras Island. This regatta weekend was not only devoted to sailing!
Hatteras Island is a unique and spectacular destination, and the organizers created a program that mixed up favorite beach activities including a bonfire on the beach, morning yoga on the beach led by famous local yogi Mary Syrrist and a surf session sponsored by Endless Summer Surf Camp. OBX.
“Surfing and sailing is all about seamanship. Learning to sail will help make better surfers, and I bet learning to surf will make better sailors. It all works together. We just want to help local children learn better seamanship. Says Morgan O’Connell, founder of Endless Summer Surf OBX.
Hatteras Sailing launched our 420 One Design fleet during the regatta. This was the very first event for our new 420 class fleet here on Hatteras. Saturday’s races started with the Class 420 in the morning.
After a short lunch break, sponsored by Amy Hakola of Wildflour Kitchens, the Opti fleet ran 4 races in the afternoon.
On Sunday, classes changed places so visiting Opti teams could complete the race before heading home to Virginia. The optimist class is a solo boat designed for sailors 5 to 15 years old and up to 120 lbs.
There were 16 optimists in the race, and Avon local Connor Hakola took the second place trophy while Hampton YC’s Finley Webster took first place and Deltaville VA navigator Henry Latell finished third.
The sailors from Hampton and Deltaville have the advantage of being from much older, well-established organizations with full-time salaried junior coaches, but some of our local sailors are holding on and moving up the ranks.
On Sunday the wind picked up and the Hatteras Sailors showed an advantage on the ground as we often train in stronger winds but the Chesapeake summers are known for light wind sailing conditions. Hatteras Sailing is in its second year, while Fishing Bay YC is an 85 year old organization with very wealthy members from Richmond, Northern Virginia and DC.
Hampton Yacht Club is even older, located on the waterfront in historic downtown Hampton, Virginia. The racetrack was packed with 17 small boats all of which tried to navigate the fastest.
Immediately after the race, an outdoor barbecue started on the lawn of the new Hatteras Sailing Center in Buxton Harbor. Chip Hammock spent the whole day for 10 hours smoking the barbecue pork to perfection thanks to the use of Tater Gaskins of Hatteras Island Air who was kind enough to lend the club his large wood-burning stove.
Kinnakeet favorite Jim Hagy blessed the evening with some great live music. “It’s much more affordable for our local sailors to offer us the competition, and it also creates great potential for organizational fundraising, not to mention just creating our own version of Hatteras Island Sailing fun! », Comments Nathan Snead, local trainer and Vice-President of the Organization.
Thanks to local sponsors, Hatteras Sailing acquired 5 beautiful 420 sailboats this summer and began to develop teams for these exciting and challenging one-design boats. Last year Hatteras Sailing only presented the Optimist for training purposes, which limited opportunities to younger sailors.
Now, with the 420, older teens and adults can have fun. The 420 is the standard international middle and high school sailing class, there are exciting opportunities for experienced local 420 sailors to participate at the college level as they consider their future college options.
The Navy, Coast Guard and other service academies are very active in seeking out the small pool of competitive sailing talent (small compared to soccer, baseball and soccer).
One-design dinghy sailors learn much more on their journey than just how to navigate a boat, and most colleges and academies have found great success with students from the sailboat racing community.
Hatteras Sailing would like to especially thank our main sponsors for this first annual event!
Wild flour kitchens
OBX Endless Summer Surf
Kill the devil’s rum
Hammock Chip and Vida
Graphics of the third stone
“Feedback from visiting competitors has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. People love to come to Hatteras on vacation, and now with a fully operational junior sailing program, visitors can look forward to sailing training and competitive events at their favorite vacation spot! Said organization president and head coach Jay Phillips.
Over the next few winter months, the board is setting up opportunities for junior sailors to hang out with local commercial fishermen on Hatteras Island. “Preserving local maritime heritage and commercial fishing is a growing challenge with regulatory restrictions. Hatteras Sailing wants to inspire the young people of Hatteras to carry on these generational traditions and these fishing licenses. says Jay Phillips of Hatteras Sailing.
Launched in 2019, Hatteras Sailing is a non-profit community organization fully supported by volunteers, members and sponsors. The mission is to foster sailing opportunities and maritime heritage opportunities for the local youth of Hatteras Island, through consistent long-term programming and sailing opportunities. Volunteers and donations are always appreciated and greatly contribute to the success of the program.
Each 8-week seasonal session saw an average participation of 25 local young people divided into classes of different skill levels, from 7 to 18 years old. To help raise funds, HatterasSailing.org offers sailboat rentals, courses and charters to visitors to Hatteras. For more information, please visit our website at hatterassailing.org