Hot sail: 36 compete in NC Gov's Cup
By Chris Day
Sunday, July 21, 2019
An excessive heat warning for northeastern North Carolina didn’t stop sailors young and old from competing in a regatta on the Pasquotank River, Saturday.
Thirty-six people competing in four different classes of boats took part in the N.C. Governor’s Cup on the Pasquotank. The regatta was hosted by the Classic Mothboat Association and River City Community Sailing, with support from local businesses.
Participants of all ages took part in the regatta, which got underway in the late morning and concluded around 2 p.m. with a barbecue lunch from Harbor Q. An awards presentation was held afterward in the boathouse at College of The Albemarle’s boating center.
Many of the young sailors, who ranged in age from about 8 to 16, also recently completed a summer sailing camp hosted by River City Community Sailing.
Saturday’s event was a great way to introduce the campers to regattas, said Carol Terryberry, founder of the sailing group.
One of the four classes of boats Saturday were the classic mothboats. The mothboat sailors launched their vessels from a dock in the backyard of a private residence off Riverside Avenue.
Participants in the remaining three boat classes — the O’pen BIC, Topaz Uno and Topaz Argo — used the beach at the COA boating center, also located off Riverside Avenue.
The O’pen BIC is a small single-seater designed for young sailors. The Uno and Argo classes are both brand names for sailboats made by the Topper company. The Argo is the bigger of the two boats. Terryberry, along with Christy Panek, competed in the Argo class of Saturday’s races.
Each year in the fall the Classic Mothboat Nationals is held in Elizabeth City. Saturday’s regatta was good experience for any of Terryberry’s young students who hope to compete in the nationals this year.
“This will prepare the kids to sail in that,” she said.
Saturday’s temperatures rose as high as 95F but with humidity felt like 101F, according to AccuWeather. According to the weather site the high for today is supposed to be 98F, with a “feels like” temperature of 107F. An excessive heat warning remains effective till 11 p.m. Sunday, according to AccuWeather.