The name Oriental Dinghy Club (ODC) harkens back to the club's beginnings... almost three decades ago. Locals ... and a steady stream of visiting sailors from North Carolina's cities to the West... gathered to race small "dinghies". Since then, the club and the town have grown in prominence and have hosted district, regional and national events for numerous One Design class organizations.
An astounding number of our children, who were ODC Junior Members, have continued to compete on the intercollegiate level. Currently, former Juniors sail for Harvard, Columbia University, NC State University and the US Naval Academy.
Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) is a handicapping system used for yacht racing. ODC has both Spinnaker & Non-Spinnaker Classes with each class divided into smaller divisions. The goal is to group boats so racers are competing against others with similar ratings. ODC also runs a separate pursuit series which serves as an "on-ramp" for beginning racers.
Through the years, ODC has had various One Design Fleets including Sunfish, and Etchells. Currently, the club has a very competitive and active Sunfish Fleet.
ODC is active in supporting youth sailboat racing: the Croakerfest Regatta, the Hoop Pole Regatta and the Greens Creek Challenge. Additionally, the Oriental area is home to several of the nation's top youth sailing camps including Camp Sea Gull, Camp Seafarer and Bow to Stern Boating Center.
ODC is led by the Commodore, his/her Bridge Officers and the club's Board of Directors. Additionally, the club has a number of standing committees which meet, discuss and propose topics relating to race schedules, properties, finance, communications, training and membership.
ODC holds seminars and workshops on the Racing Rules of Sailing [RRS] and training on Race Management. Plans are to expand and formalize training for members including topics on sail trim, tactics, crew recruiting/retaining and boat handling.
ODC currently has several major social events each season: the Spring Kickoff Party and the year end Annual Meeting & Awards dinner and a number of catered after race socials.