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The ocean was flat, the sky clear and 12 knots of wind out of the northeast made for fantastic sailing as the Cape Fear Yacht Club celebrated their 21st Rocket Regatta just off shore in front of the Oak Island Lighthouse. What a sailor’s dream to have such a beautiful day with consistent winds.

The regatta began with a Captain’s Meeting and party at the Southport Marina Friday evening and the racing began on Saturday at 11 am in the ocean. The regatta was comprised of three races with Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker racers honing their skills and showing off their race strategies. The first race was a long distance race, the second was a short course and the third race of the day had all competitors race back into the Cape Fear River with the finish line in front of the Southport City pier.

The sailors, their guests, members  and friends of the Cape Fear Yacht Club continued the Rocket Regatta celebration aboard the Winner Cruise Queen party boat Saturday evening with dinner, entertainment and awards ceremony while cruising the Intra-Coastal Waterway. The cruise profiled the Southport waterfront and old yacht basin while locals and visitors cheered and waved. Most racers were content to ride along and let someone else pilot the boat after a long day on the water.

Awards were presented to the following:

Spinnaker Class:

  • First Place – 10Acious- Captain Mary Piepenbrink

  • Second Place – Short Pants – Captain Ricky Evans

Non-Spinnaker Class:

  • First Place – Lucky Tiger II – Captain Ed Schrum

  • Second Place – Outrageous – Captain John Eide

  • Third place – Stray Cat – Captain John Bates

The awards presentation was conducted as the boat slowly cruised the ICW with a beautiful red setting sun slowly disappearing in the west. Such a fitting way to close out the 21st Rocket Regatta.


Cape Fear Yacht Club
4791 Fish Factory Road
Oak Island, NC 28465

Mailing Address:
PO Box 10180
Southport, NC 28461

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