Outer Banks Sailing Vacations
Outer Banks vacations are all about fun in the sun. When most people plan their vacations on the Outer Banks, their activities are mostly about "beaching it”, fishing and eating great seafood. But there is another way to get the most out of your time on the OBX – sailing.
More and more, people are heading east (and south) to visit the waters off the OBX to sail. Sailing is ideal here because of the constant winds meeting at the Labrador Current and the Gulfstream current. It is also a fantastic way to see the Outer Banks from an entirely different perspective. Think about it – the Wright Brothers got a plane to fly on the OBX!
If you like sailing and want to see a regatta with professional sailing teams, we suggest that you make plans to be here June 9 through 14, and check out the 2014 ISAF International A-Class Catamaran North American Championship. Held on Roanoke Island and hosted by SailNC, this thrilling race will showcase about 50 professional sailing teams who will spend the week racing sailing a course on Croatan Sound.
SailNC is a fairly new non-profit organization that wants to promote North Carolina as a premiere destination hub for sailing on the East Coast. Currently, the organization is an initiative to bring those who love to sail whether just operating their own bareboat charter or as an experienced captain who operates a professional charter. Their next goal is to open a sailing training center in Wanchese that will offer the best support in terms of businesses and facilities to maintain the boats and provide access to the Pamlico Sound.
Sailing in the Outer Banks
There are many opportunities to sail while in the Outer Banks. There are several businesses and marinas around the OBX that offer sailing charters for people vacationing on our barrier islands. Whether sailing around Roanoke Sound on a vintage sailboat like the Downeast Rover (built in 1894 and operates public and private charters) or renting a bareboat charter to take your family out for a day on the water, sailing in the Outer Banks is a fantastic way to spend the day.
In addition to a gorgeous daytime sail, the only thing nicer is sailing around the Outer Banks sounds at sunset. It is the perfect way to entertain friends, have some quality family time and even propose marriage to the girl of your dreams.
Most charters and bareback rentals allow you to bring your own food and drinks. However, each has its own rules about what they allow so be sure to ask the captain.
Spend Time Sailing
Sailing is one of those activities that brings an immediate Zen state to your mind.
If you have the opportunity to take a few hours out, look into spending time on a sailboat. We can help you with charters when making reservations for one of our Outer Banks rentals. We promise you that you will have the time of your life and end up putting it on your list of things to do while vacationing on the Outer Banks.
For more information on the 2014 ISAF International A-Class Catamaran North American Championship on the Outer Banks, June 9 -14, check out their website. We can help you with your accommodations during the regatta.