By Rob Morris on June 5, 2014
The International Sailing Federation’s A-Class catamaran North American championships are set for next week at Roanoke Island.
More than 60 boats are entered so far. Competitors will gather on Roanoke Island starting Monday and navigate courses in the Croatan Sound through Saturday.
The regatta is being hosted by SailNC.
SailNC, founded in 2013, is a non-profit initiative by the North Carolina Marine Industrial Park Authority, which operates the former Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park.
The championships are the first major event sponsored by the group, which is trying to market the area as a destination for sailing enthusiasts.
Preparations begin Monday, with a practice race on Tuesday. The first race is Wednesday.
Gunboat, a luxury catamaran builder operating out of the Wanchese park, is heavily involved in organizing and promoting the event.