Bald Head Island Hosts Successful Sailing Regatta

Press Release

May 2, 2005 – Bald Head Island, North Carolina (NC) - Bald Head Island’s two day sailing regatta, held April 30 – May 1 on Bald Head Island, saw almost two dozen entries from North Carolina, Maryland and Texas.  The sailing competition, which consisted of five races, was a lively and well-attended event.  Wind speeds of 10-12 knots over the weekend contributed to this exciting competition.

"Bald Head Island’s regatta was an unprecedented success," said Trisha Howarth, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Director for Bald Head Island Limited.  "We  are proud to promote our island as a premier sailing destination, and look forward to making the Bald Head Island Regatta an annual tradition.”

Prizes were awarded to the best performing boats in each of four classes.  First place winners in each class were as follows: RedNekRondeyvoo, a Cape Fear 38 co-captained by  Jake Scott and Josh Knapp of Texas, won in PHRF A Class; Banana Wind, a J24 captained by Bob Cowen, won in PHRF B Class; Blue Bayou, a Harbor 20 captained by  Kent Mitchell of Bald Head Island, won in PHRF C Class; and We Be Jammin’, a Tartan 10, captained by Jim Pike, won in the PHRF D Class.

The big winners of the day were the Texas A&M Sailing Club, who raced RedNekRondeyvoo.  In addition to placing first in PHRF A Class, the team also won Most Competitive Fleet and the coveted Bald Head Island Cup. 

“I’ve sailed in races from Key West to Annapolis, and the Bald Head Island Regatta was an outstanding event,” said Captain Gerald Taylor of Annapolis, M.D. “The Bald Head Island staff was great, and everyone had a wonderful time.”  “We had a fantastic turnout,” said the event chairperson, Rona Garm of Cape Fear Yacht Works.  “Thanks to the sponsors, race committee and volunteers for making this a banner event.”

The event was sponsored by Bald Head Island Limited, Mount Gay Rum, The Hinckley Company, CTS Software, Inc. and Pepperidge Farm, and hosted by Cape Fear Yacht Works.

Next year’s Bald Head Island Regatta will be held April 21 – 23, 2006.  To view 2005 Bald Head Island Regatta photos, videos and race results, visit

Bald Head Island is a vacation and second-home destination located two miles off the southeastern coast of North Carolina.  Bald Head Island is a 20-minute ferry ride from Indigo Plantation and Marina in Southport, NC.  Open to the public, the island features 800 homes, including condominiums and single-family residences, and nearly 200 year-round residents. The island also includes a 10-acre marina and a championship golf course in one of the East Coast’s most pristine cape island environments. To experience the exceptional nature of Bald Head Island, visit


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