2016 Notice of Race

                                                             15th Annual Harkers Island Regatta 

                                                Notice of Race 

                                               July 15-17, 2016 

Come sail, party and support local sailing schools! To date, through the generosity of our sailors and sponsors, the regatta has donated over $10,000 to teach children to sail. For the 15th annual regatta we’ve stepped up the party on Friday and will have the same great three days of sailing. 


All events take place on the east end of Harkers Island, NC at the Waterfowl Museum and the Cape Lookout National Park Headquarters launching area. Directions are below. 


Practice Sail - 1200 

On-water safety coverage does not start until Saturday, but many racers come for a casual practice sail around the island led by local sailors. If you’d like to join, be in the water at the National Park launching area and ready to sail prior to noon.  No fee and no registration required. 

Dinner - 1800 

The party starts Friday at 6:00 pm at the Waterfowl Museum. Dinner includes blender drinks, crab races with cash prizes and live music by Barefoot Wade, the dynamic “One Man Caribbean Jam Band”.  $25 per person. $10 for children under the age of 12. Cash at the door only please. 

                      RSVP for dinner requested by July 6th using the link listed below



Please follow the link below and fill out the short questionnaire to help us in planning. 


Registration - 0900-1100 

Sailors can register Saturday from 0900 to 1100 at the National Park launching area.  Registration includes: racing, T-shirt, awards, water, Sunday continental breakfast & Sunday lunch. Saturday dinner tickets for sailors, family and friends can be purchased separately at registration.  $45 per boat. $25 for junior skippers under the age of 19. 


Sunfish class sailboats: All experienced sailors are welcome. 

Beater class: Experienced sailors with an older Sunfish, older sail, wooden dagger board and wooden rudder may elect to compete in the Beater class which will be scored separately for special awards. 

All boats must display a unique identifying number on their sail. 

Sailors will be required to sign a Release, Waiver and Retention of Rights Agreement. 

Sailors under the age of 18 will require a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature. 

Skipper’s Meeting - 1100 

A skipper’s meeting will be held at the registration desk at 1100. 

Racing - 1300 

The warning signal will sound at roughly 1300. 

Sailors may elect to circumnavigate Harkers Island clockwise or counter-clockwise. 

The start and finish line will be in the vicinity of Shell Point. 

Paddling within 100 yards of the bridge is permitted. 

A laminated navigation chart will be provided at registration. 

Sailing instructions for both days of racing will be provided at registration. 

Dinner - 1730 

Sailors and their friends and family are invited to the Saturday dinner starting around 5:30 at the Waterfowl Museum. Dinner includes: appetizers, steamed clams, low-country boil, Dark & Stormy’s, beer, beverages, rum cake competition dessert, video tape replay and awards. 

An engraved perpetual trophy will be awarded to the first place finisher of Saturday’s race. Awards will also be given to the top 3 finishers in the racing class, top 3 finishers in the beater class, top female, top master (age 50-59), top grand master (age 60+), top youth (under age 19) and the winning rum cake chef. Tickets may be purchased at registration or at the door before dinner. 

$25 per person. $10 for children under the age of 12. Cash and checks only. 

                          RSVP for dinner requested by July 6th using the link listed above


Breakfast - 0800 

Coffee and a continental breakfast including bagels and scones will be served at the National Park Launching area starting at 8:00 am. 

Racing - 1030 

Round the buoy races are held near the vicinity of Shell Point. 

First gun at roughly 1030. 

No warning signal after 1330. 

Lunch & Awards 

Lunch for all racers will be held at the Waterfowl Museum shortly after racing. 

Lunch includes: Sandwiches, salads, beverages and awards. Prizes include Sunfish and sailing gear, gift certificates, ginger beer and a remote controlled model Laser. 



The most current Racing Rules of Sailing and the prescriptions of the US Sailing Association as modified by the sailing instructions will govern all races. 


Sailors should wear shoes to protect feet in the beach launching area and while racing. 

Sailors are reminded to review the Inland Rules of the Road governing navigation in restricted waters. 

This is a SANDY FEET regatta. Please, no glass containers near the beach or parking lot. 

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the National Park grounds or launching area. 

Parking & Unloading 

Sailors should off-load Sunfish and gear onto the lawn near the registration table. Due to restricted parking space, please move vehicles (and trailers too large to fit onto the lawn) to the museum parking lot across Island Road as soon as possible to allow others access. 

Shore side activities 

There is a lawn at the launching site with shaded picnic tables. Bathrooms are available at the Waterfowl Museum across the street. Bring a kite to fly, game to play or visit the Waterfowl Museum. Ferry service is available to visit the Cape Lookout National Seashore. 

Camping & Lodging 

Tent camping is available only on the MOBYC grounds at 1729 Island Road, Harkers Island, located a few houses up from the National Park launching site. The grounds will be open for campers starting Friday morning. 

Lodging: On-island rental rooms and houses are available from the following: 

 Harkers Island Fishing Center (252) 728-3907 www.harkersmarina.com 

 Rose’s Vacation Rentals (252) 728-2868 www.rosesvacationrentals.com 

 Mangum Rentals (252) 728-5013 www.joannmangumvacationrentals.com 

 VBRO www.vrbo.com 

 Seaside Apartments (252) 241-9229 

                                            We suggest you make reservations early. 


Limited on-island housing is available for racers. Contact Sonya Dean at sonyafm@hotmail.com 

RV Hookups 

RV hook-ups available at Rose’s Rentals www.rosesvacationrentals.com (252) 728-2868. 


From the Beaufort area: 

 Follow Rt. 70 east to Harkers Island Road (gas station on right hand side, no traffic light, but there are signs). 

 Turn right and follow Harkers Island Road over the bridge onto Harkers Island (Harkers Island Road becomes Island Road once you are on the island). 

 Follow Island Road to the end. 

 The National Park launching area is on the right hand side. 

 The Waterfowl Museum (officially the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center) is directly across the street at 1785 Island Rd. 


Prior to the regatta: Rob Eberle eberlemarine@gmail.com 

During the regatta: George Evans 336-269-1010 or Rob Eberle 252-670-1976 


Thanks to our generous sponsors for helping make prior events such a great success: 

Wells Fargo Advisors 

Hightower Communications 

Annapolis Performance Sailing 

Triton Yacht Sales (your local Sunfish Dealer) 

Sailcraft Services 

Prospective Technologies 

Nautical Wheelers 

Carol Fordon-Ella Vickers 

Pamlico Coastal Activities Council 

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative 

Goslings Rum 

Intensity Sails 

Cloth Barn 

United Yacht Sales of the Carolinas 

Deaton Yacht Service 

West Marine 

Eberle Marine Surveys 

Wayfarer’s Cove Marine