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.

In 2014, the Sunfish WORLDS & Youth WORLDS were sailed in Oriental waters. A member of US Sailing & SAYRA [South Atlantic Yacht Racing Assn], ODC encourages and promotes amateur participation in sailboat racing on the Neuse River and the Pamlico Sound.

ODC's member roles include sailors with extensive racing resumes. The club also has trained  US Sailing Certified Race Officials. 

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.

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Contact our Commodore, Bob Slook, by email or call (732) 740-5591

PO Box 981, Oriental, NC 28571


PHRF Racing

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.


One Design

​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.
​In 2014, the Sunfish Worlds & Youth Worlds were held in Oriental waters.


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.
Additionally, members get together after every race day to swap stories, congratulate the day's winners and enjoy a beverage with friends.


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