Upcoming Events:

River Dunes Dock & Dine

– August 16/17, 2019 –

– River Dunes Marina & Harbor Club –

We will rendezvous at River Dunes Marina on Friday afternoon (after 12 PM).
Cocktail party at 5:00 PM – BYOB and a light appetizer to share at the Gazebo.
Dinner at 6:30 PM at the River Dunes Harbor Club
Depart River Dunes on Saturday or Sunday
If you would like to join in on the fun RSVP to Cruise Captains; Roger and Leslie Hammer – (252) 249-6080 or email
Please contact the Harbormaster Office at River Dunes directly to reserve a slip (252) 249-4908. Slip space is limited so please make your reservation with the Harbormaster ASAP!

Roger and Leslie Hammer
Cruise Captains

2019 SCOO Full Moon Rendezvous

– July 16, 2019 –

– South River Anchorage, North Shore, about 2.5 nm up river –

The social/pot luck will start at 4 PM onboard JUPITER. JUPITER will provide utensils, plates, and napkins and sandwiches, salad, and cornbread. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. We will also have water and soda. Pease bring your own beverages if you want something a little stronger.

Let’s together, make our annual Full Moon an evening of good eats, kindred-ship, and fun under the Full Moon and on the water! We have some surprises in store……Please e-mail or text Diane Carbone by July 12 if you plan to attend. or text: 609-304-5621
Diane & Tom Carbone
Cruise Captains,
S/V Jupiter

2019 SCOO Annual Picnic

– July 10, 2019 –

– Arlington Place Clubhouse, Arapahoe, NC –

Menu: BBQ Pork and Chicken, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Fruit Salad, Iced Tea. Food catered by Silo’s
What to Bring: Swim Suit & Towel, Chair, and your favorite beverage
Cost: $20.00/person
RSVP to Diane Lemieux or by phone (802) 318-1083 no later than July 3.
Mail check and reservation form (Download the 2019 SCOO Picnic flyer here) to
Diane Lemieux
159 Wild Cherry Lane
Arapahoe, NC 28510


SCOO Cruise to Cape Lookout

– June 18, 2019 –

SCOO will be cruising to Cape Lookout on Tuesday, 18 June, returning on either Thursday or Friday depending on the weather. The tides are favorable for going out and returning. Please let me know if you’re interested in joining WIND MELODY for this cruise.
Dick Mannion – Cruise Captain
(252) 249-6080

Click here to email Dick Mannion (

Summer Solstice Race and BBQ

– June 8, 2019 –

The 2019 Summer Solstice Pursuit Race and BBQ will be held on Saturday, 8 June 2019. This is a joint NSA/ODC/SCOO event being run under the auspices of the Nautical Co-op of Oriental (NCO). This race is open to all members of any one of the three sailing clubs. This is a FUN race with the emphasis on FUN. You do not need to have racing experience to participate. If you would like to have someone onboard your boat with some racing experience, please indicate this when you sign up.

The race will be conducted in the local waters off Oriental during the afternoon of Saturday, 8 June. There will be a Skipper’s meeting in the morning at 0930 at Pecan Grove Marina. Complete instructions for conduct of the race are contained in the first attachment.

The after race Social/BBQ will be held at Whittaker Point Marina starting a 5 PM. The Social Event is open to all members of NSA/ODC/SCOO regardless of whether you participate in the race. The BBQ and fixin’s will be catered by M&Ms. The cost per person will be $15.00, approximately $3.00 of which will be donated to the Pamlico Coastal Activity Council non-profit to pay for sailing camp scholarships for deserving children.

If you would like to sign up to participate in the race and/or attend the BBQ, please complete the attached registration form and mail it along with your check to:

Roger Hammer
411 Whittaker Point Road
Oriental, NC 28571
Summer Solstice Signup (updated 5/21/19)

SCOO 2019 Steak Out at Stackhouse’s

- May 6 – Broad Creek -

- Event changed to a Sea and Land event! -

We’ve had less than an overwhelming response to the 2019 Steak Out at Stackhouse’s, so we’ve decided to make this a “land optional” event so members can drive over to the dinner. Sailing over to Broad Creek still strongly encouraged but no longer required.

The dinner menu/format will be slightly modified to accommodate an anticipated larger number of attendees, specifically, members should bring either a side dish or dessert. Our hosts will still be taking care of the steaks. Coffee, tea, water will be provided.
Attendees should still bring their own beverage of preference and lawn chairs
You’ll also need to bring your own steak knives (only plasticware being provided)
Cost per person will be reduced from $17.00 to $15.00.
Please RSVP to Ann Stackhouse no later than 2 May by email:, or phone: ‭(919) 429-1382‬.
You can pay at the event, but if you sign up and don’t attend, you will still be expected to pay. Checks preferred. Make checks payable to SCOO
Steak Out Flyer (updated 4/27/19)

SCOO 2019 Dock and Dine to Beaufort

- April 23 – 24 Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC -

- Roger and Leslie Hammer – Cruise Captains -

The Dock and Dine Overnight Cruise to Beaufort is coming up on 23 – 24 April 2019. The trip down to Beaufort is about 21 miles from Oriental – 3 1/2 hours at 6 knots. We will be tying up at Town Creek Marina which is on the north side of the old drawbridge and just south of the new 4 lane bridge on Route 70.

We will be eating dinner at City Kitchen, which is located on the second deck of the main marina building. City Kitchen has an excellent chef and the food is terrific.

f you are planning to participate on this cruise, please let us know as soon as possible by email. Please include the vital statistics for your boat (LOA, Beam, Draft and Shore Power requirements).

Roger and Leslie Hammer
Cruise Captains
(252) 249-6080 (Home)
(252) 249-6080 (Cell)


SCOO 2019 Commisioning Day

- Wednesday April 17 (Rain Date Thursday April 18). Location: Lou Mac Park at noon -

- Dennis and Lisa Marlin -
M&M’s is catering lunch for Commissioning Day. $13.00 per person. They are serving:
Fried Chicken, Hush Puppies, Pasta Salad, Cole Slaw with Ice Tea or water. Lisa is baking a Desert.
If you are interested in attending please respond by 5pm Monday, April 15.
Please respond by email to Dennis and Lisa

SCOO 2019 Oyster Roast

- Thursday March 21 12:00 at Sea Harbor Yacht Club -

Click to download the Oyster Roast Flyer(updated 2/28/19)
This year we’re adding Shrimp to the menu!!!

SCOO Southport, NC Cruise 2019

- Thursday May 16 – Monday May 20 – with optional Charleston/Spoleto Extension

Attention SCOO Members; the following is a preliminary schedule for the Southport – with extension to Charleston Spring Cruise.

Date Journey Distance (ICW mk, sm) Marina contact info
Thursday, 16 May Oriental to Swansboro ICW mk 228.7, 45.8 sm Dudley’s Marina 252.393.2204
Friday, 17 May Swansboro to Topsail Is ICW mk 267, 37.7 sm Harbor Village Marina 910.270.4017
Saturday, 18 May Topsail Is. to Southport ICW mk 309.3, 42.3 sm Southport Marina 910.457.9900

From May 20, participants can continue sightseeing in Southport or return to Oriental. The Charleston/Spoleto boats will depart for Charleston with potential stops:

Date Journey Distance (ICW mk, sm) Marina contact info
Monday, 20 May Southport to Myrtle Beach ICW mk 345, 35.7 sm Anchor Marina 843.249.7899
Tuesday, 21 May Myrtle Beach to Wachesaw Landing ICW mk 383, 38 sm Wacca Wache Marina 843.651.2994
Wednesday, 22 May Wachesaw Landing to Georgetown ICW mk 402, 19 sm Harborwalk Marina 843.546.4250
Thursday, 23 May Butler Island to Awendar Creek ICW mk 429.5, 27.5 sm - Anchor Out -
Friday, 24 May McClellanville to Charleston ICW mk 466.5, 37 sm Charleston Maritime 843.853.3625

Note: There may be options to go outside, depending on wind and weather.
The Spoleto Festival starts on May 24th and ends on June 9th. Their web site is Details of the season will be announced in January. (We can stay at Charleston Maritime for up to a week.)
A smaller festival, Piccolo Spoleto, takes place at the same time. Information about this festival is typically made available in early May. Website:

Please email me if you intend to participate at (or 252.249.1299), providing your boat information, so that a preliminary list of attendees can be provided to the relevant marinas.
Final slip reservations should be made by each participant.
Please indicate your intent to John Coombs at as soon as possible

1. Southport Cruise
Dinner in Swansboro: May 17 ________ (Yes/No)
Dinner in Southport: May 19 ________ (Yes/No)
2. Charleston – Spoleto Extension
I plan on participating ________ (Yes/No)
Number of nights in Charleston ________ (up to 7 – May 24 – Jun 1)

3. Charleston – Spoleto Extension on the outside (weather permitting)
I plan on participating ________ (Yes/No)

Please provide your boat specs, power requirements, whether you have a 30-50 amp splitter, and your cell phone number(s).

Boat Name Boat Length Beam Draft Power (30A/50A) Splitter (Yes/No) Cell Phone Numbers
SV Quixotic (as example) 35’ 6” 10’ 10” 3’ 9” 30A No Splitter 512.415.4323 (John) 512.659.6994 (Carol)
your boat name your boat length your boat beam your boat draft your boat’s power (30A or 50A) 50A splitter? your cell phone numbers

Thanks- We look forward to you joining us for this cruise.
John Coombs 249.1299
Cruise Captain

SCOO Belhaven Cruise 2018

- Tuesday September 11 – Thursday September 13 -

We’ll arrive at Belhaven Marina on Tuesday, September 11, spend two nights at the marina, and depart on Thursday, September 13. The marina has a very nice water front gazebo for our daily 1700 social hour and The Tavern at Jack’s Neck will serve as our dining spot on Wednesday evening.
If you plan on attending, please:

1) -Send us an e-mail by Friday September 7 at or call us at 252-745-4630 to let us know. Stacey and Bob Taylor
2) -Call Greg at Belhaven Marina (252-944-0066) to reserve a slip; Greg requests that you call him as soon as you can so he can make sure he has slips available. Slips are $1.90/ft and electrical service is $10 for 30 amps.

As always on SCOO cruises the captain of the vessel is responsible for the safety of his or her vessel and crew. We look forward to seeing you in Belhaven.

Stacey and Bob Taylor
Cruise Captains, SCOO Belhaven Cruise


SCOO Which Way the Wind Blows Cruise 2018

- August 14 – 16 -

All interested cruisers UPDATE

The current weather forecast for Monday is ugly. I propose pushing back the cruise to leave on Tuesday (14th) and return Thursday (16th). We will head across the Neuse to South River for the two nights. The temperatures look inviting for an anchorage, especially in August. Of course, you are welcome to join the anchorage for one night, or just during the day, since it is so close. Plan on a pot luck on JORUM (and rafted boats) for Tuesday evening, and bbq on Wednesday evening. I’ll try to bring out a kayak or two for general use, as well as a SUP (for those adventurous). Please let me know your plans.

SCOO’s Which Way the Wind Blows cruise this year is rapidly coming up. The schedule has us departing Oriental on Monday, the 13th of August with a return on Wednesday, the 15th. Check out the possibilities listed below. I’ll make a final call when the weather pattern is reasonably understood. I would really like to hear your thoughts and recommendations as we get close. Last year we ended up in Beaufort, a wonderful cruise! Please let me know if you are interested in the cruise so I can begin to put together a cruiser list.

Southwest Wind

The predominant winds this time of the year are from the South or Southwest, so the first set of possibilities based on winds from that direction:
Belhaven: There are three or four options for Marinas/anchorages in the Belhaven area. The distance from Oriental to the Belhaven waterfront is about 42.5 nm, with a third marina about 3 additional miles to the east.
Bath: Bath is a must-see for history buffs. It is one of the oldest towns in NC and has many of the original 17th century houses in much the same condition as they were when built. The town has two facilities for cruising boats; Bath Harbor Marina and anchoring in Bath Creek, with dining facilities at the adjacent restaurant. The distance from Oriental to Bath is approximately 45 nm.
Ocracoke: Ocracoke is the last of the northerly or westerly destinations on my list. Any destination further becomes more than a day’s cruise away. Ocracoke is about a 41nm cruise from Oriental and makes for a great trip if the weather behaves. There are several options for dockage as well as a large anchoring field, although sometimes fairly crowded.

East or Southeast Winds

East or Southeast winds are a bit less likely to occur than our more predominant southwest breeze, but not impossible. If the forecast is for winds out of the east or southeast we will head to
New Bern, Northwest Creek, or some destinations along upper Neuse. The distance to New Bern from Oriental is about 24 nm.

North Winds

During late July, I could welcome some gently north wind, although I find it very doubtful. However, we would cruise down the AICW to Beaufort or Morehead City, or if really fine weather, out to Cape Lookout. It is a short trip, being only 24 nm from Oriental, but doesn’t offer much of an opportunity to sail, although the destination is worth the ride and docking and anchoring facilities are plentiful.
Beaufort: Always one of my favorite destinations, Beaufort offers something for everyone; history, shops and restaurants.
Morehead City: Another great destination with plenty to do.

Two night anchorage

One other option would be to anchor someplace for two nights, exploring the anchorage, kayaking, dinking, swimming, crabbing, fishing, etc., and just laying back to enjoy the anchorage. South River would be high on the list, but there are many other anchorages to enjoy. A pet friendly anchorage would be a good choice for many of SCOO cruisers. Cruisers that choose not to stay overnight could come and join the cruise during the full day.

If you have any other ideas, please contact me with your thoughts.
Please reply to Chris Behre at with your plans to attend and comments.


Home: 252 249-1059

Cell: 757 647-0654



Friday, Aug 10 – Saturday, Aug 11

Roger and Leslie Hammer

We’re less than two weeks away from SCOO’s River Dunes Cruise where we can again take advantage of the marina’s refreshing outdoor pool and air conditioned club house! Additionally, the annual Dragon Boat Races are being held on Saturday in the basin so we’ll be able to watch the races either from the marina side or from the opposite side of the basin where the teams setup on Saturday

Rendezvous at River Dunes Marina on Friday after 12 PM (noon)

Cocktail party at 530 PM – BYOB and a light appetizer to share at the Gazebo

Dinner at 6:30 PM at the River Dunes Harbor Club

Depart River Dunes Saturday or Sunday

If you wish to make this trip RSVP by Friday, 3 August to Cruise Captains, Roger and Leslie Hammer, 252-249-6080 or by email,
Please contact the Harbormaster Office at River Dunes directly to reserve a slip 252-249-4908
SLIP space is limited so please make your reservation with the Harbormaster ASAP
If you plan to depart later on Saturday afternoon so you can watch the end of the Dragon Boat races, please let the marina know when you make your reservation.


2018 South River Full Moon Rendezvous

Friday, July 27 – Saturday, July 28

Tom and Diane Carbone

Cruise Captains


South River Full Moon (and full lunar eclipse by the way) Rendezvous Sailors,
It’s so great, we have twelve boats coming to South River on July 27th, with a total of 25 people. Ok, it’s official, we have ourselves an event, and we are ready! So leave your troubles at the dock, and let’s get together for friendship, sailing stories, and fun.
We will be anchored on Jupiter at South River by 1 p.m., prepping and monitoring channel 68. It looks like the rainy days will be subsiding by Friday, so we are hoping for the best. Some sailors may need a dinghy ride to the social at 4:00 pm, so keep in touch.
Let’s, together, make our annual Full Moon (and this year Total Lunar Eclipse) a success.

Quick Summary of Cruise Details
-Anchor at approximately 1:00 pm in South River
-Location: about 2 miles up river from entrance marker on the left (as heading up river)
-Raft up with S/V Jupiter, Jorum, and Bluejacket
-Everyone invited aboard around 4:00 pm for social
-Pot luck dinner around 5:00 pm (everyone requested to bring a dish to share)
-Head count requested by July 23 for those interested in attending
-Notify Tom and Diane Carbone at or by text or phone to (609) 304-5621 if you plan to attend
Click to download the 2018 South River Cruise and invitation (updated 7/21/18) *****************************************************************************************************************************************************************
2018 Sailing Club Of Oriental Annual Picnic
Date-Time: July 17 @ 1:00 pm
Location: Arlington Place Clubhouse
11 Loblolly Lane
Arapahoe (or Minnesott Beach)
Low Country Boil
Cornbread & Butter
Green Salid
Iced Tea

Bring a chair just in case
Please reply to Diane Lemieux at with your plans to attend
PAY by mail or at the door

Diane Lemieux
159 Wild Cherry Lane
Arapahoe, NC 28510
Download the reservation form for the 2018 SCOO Annual Picnic (updated 7/08/18)

Nautical Co-op of Oriental (NCO) social event

The Commodores of NSA, ODC and SCOO have met several time this year to implement a joint “umbrella organization” to foster and support Oriental Sail and Power boating. The mission statement developed has been reviewed with all three Boards, and has had unanimous support. This umbrella organization, Nautical Co-op of Oriental (NCO), will hold a joint social (described below) at Sea Harbor Yacht Club on Saturday, July 14th from 4PM to 6PM.

This event will be BYOB and please bring an appetizer to share, lawn chairs, and thoughts to share for this umbrella organization. We look forward to a good turnout from each club! Thanks and please contact us if you have questions.

Please review the attachment for the mission statement.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Commodore Chris Behre (SCOO)
Commodore Todd Cox (ODC)
Commodore Chuck Gordon (NSA)

Click to download the 2018 NCO Mission Statement and invitation (updated 7/02/18)

SCOO Summer Solstice “RACE” 23 JUNE 2018

This year SCOO is modifying the venue for the Summer Solstice Race. The race will be held off of Oriental and will use the government marks, course to be determined based on weather and wind. We plan to race on Saturday late morning and early afternoon, then meet up at Whittaker Pointe Marina for a Solstice Social. All SCOO members are invited to race, and to attend the social, regardless if you race or not. We will probably have a pig pickin’ and ask all attendees to bring a dish to share. The race will be a pursuit race with varied starting times.

Since this is a new venue I need to know who is interested in 1) racing, and 2) the social event. No need to formally sign up at this point – just respond by email to me at of your intentions, and we’ll go from there.

And as an additional treat…
And for later in the evening…From Penny Flaherty:
There is a fabulous concert at the old theater June 23. the Urban Gypsies, performing at 7:30pm. I hope and wish that the after party will end by 6 so that people can come to the concert. It is not to be missed. Please think about encouraging the participants to come as so appropriate to sailors. The Urban Gypsies are sailors and their songs and music reflect everything sailors love. We had them in our home last year for a home concert and were so good the old theater president asked them to come back to the bigger venue. Tickets can be purchased at Nautical Wheelers. I guarantee the best musical performance of this genre you will ever see.


There’s still time to sign up for the
Monday, June 25 – Thursday, June 28, 2018

Six boats have already signed up for the cruise to Ocracoke Village…Jorum (Behre), Juniper (Carbone), Martinique (Martin), Prosperity (Montgomery), Pelican (Taylor), and Bluejacket (Luh).

In addition to the activities already scheduled, Bob and Stacey Taylor are inviting us to join them on a bike ride to the north end of the island…about 12.5 miles one way…on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on weather. Bike rentals are available near the marinas.

Monday, June 25th, 5 pm happy hour at the National Park Service picnic area. Bring your beverage of choice and enjoy some light snacks provided by your cruise captains.

Tuesday, June 26th, 5 pm Pot Luck Dinner at the National Park Service picnic area. Bring a dish to share and your beverage of choice. Afterward, we’ll go for dessert at the ice cream shop.

Wednesday, June 27th, 8:30 am continental breakfast aboard Bluejacket. Leave at 5:30 pm for Dinner at the Flying Melon Restaurant (reservations required).

Thursday, June 28th, back to Oriental.

Just a reminder:

There are three options for harboring your boat:
• The National Park Service Dock (on a first come ~ first serve basis) with water, electric, and restrooms (no showers).
• The Anchorage Inn and Marina (252/928-6661). Call as soon as possible to reserve your spot and ask for a dock master (Dylan or Robert).
• OR…anchor in Silver Lake Harbor and dinghy into shore.

If you haven’t signed up to participate, we hope to hear from you by June 22nd to allow provisioning for the activities. Please call 252/670-4338 or e-mail us at with your: Name(s), Boat Name, cell phone number(s), total number for dinner reservations, and your harboring option. The next update will be June 23rd.

As always on SCOO cruises, each vessel Captain is responsible for his or her vessel and crew safety. We look forward to seeing you in Ocracoke.

Jerry and Donna Luh
Cruise Captains, SCOO Ocracoke


Monday, June 25 – Thursday, June 28, 2018

Just one month from today you can be on your way to the quaint village of Ocracoke where you will experience a peace and quiet that soothes the soul, walk one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast, browse interesting shops, tour the visitor sites, or simply put your feet up and read a good book.

On Monday, June 25th, after everyone has reached Ocracoke, we will gather at the picnic area on the National Park Service grounds for happy hour at 5:00 pm. Bring your beverage of choice to go along with some light snacks provided by your cruise captains.

We will have a Pot Luck Dinner on Tuesday, June 26th at the National Park Service picnic area at 5:00pm. Bring a dish to share and your beverage of choice. After clean up, we’ll stretch our legs by walking to the ice cream shop for dessert.

On Wednesday, June 27th, your cruise captains will start your day with a continental breakfast aboard Bluejacket starting around 8:30 am. Then we hope everyone will share an evening out together for dinner at the Flying Melon Restaurant beginning at 5:30 pm. Please let us know when you sign up for the cruise if you want to be included for dinner reservations.

Thursday, June 28th, we will head back to Oriental to prepare for the annual Croaker Festival weekend.

There are three options for harboring your boat:

1) -The National Park Service Dock (on a first come ~ first serve basis) with water, electric, and restrooms (no showers).
2) -The Anchorage Inn and Marina (252/928-6661). Call as soon as possible to reserve your spot and ask for a dock master (Dylan or Robert).
3 -OR…anchor in Silver Lake Harbor and dinghy into shore.

We hope you will join us for the Ocracoke cruise. If you plan to participate, please call 252/670-4338 or e-mail us with your: Name(s), Boat Name, cell phone number(s) and total number for dinner reservations.

We ask that you sign up by June 22nd so we can make the necessary purchases for snacks and provide the restaurant with a count for Wednesday’s dinner group. We will keep you updated on participants and any activity changes.

As always on SCOO cruises, each vessel Captain is responsible for his or her vessel and crew safety. We look forward to seeing you in Ocracoke.

Jerry and Donna Luh
Cruise Captains, SCOO Ocracoke
Click to download the 2018 Cruise to Ocracoke Cruise Plan (updated 5/28/18)

SCOO Annual Commissioning Day – Lou Mac Park, Oriental

Lisa and Dennis Marlin

Our Annual Commissioning Day will again take place at Lou Mac Park in Oriental on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. This social event, catered by The Silos, is open to all members and prospective members.
Location: Lou Mac Park, Oriental, NC
12 noon Commissioning Ceremony
12:30pm Commissioning Day Social
Menu: Catered by The Silos Assorted wraps: veggie, fish, cold cuts macaroni salad, slaw chips cookies
Bring your own beverage; unsweetened tea and bottled water provided.
Cost: $8 per person
Guests Welcome! Bring lawn chairs for your comfort
Please reply to Lisa and Dennis Marlin at with your plans to attend so they can order the right amount of food. Bring cash or a check made out to SCOO.
Rain Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Dock and Dine – Beaufort

Roger and Leslie Hammer

The first SCOO cruising event of the season will be a short 3-4 hour trip down the ICW to Town Creek Marina located just past the newly opened I-70 bridge in Beaufort. We’ll be dining at City Kitchen which is located on there second deck of the main marina building at Town Creek. City Kitchen is getting terrific reviews on the web.

Town Creek Marina is located on the “back” side of Beaufort. It’s about a 20 minute walk to the downtown area where the shops and Seaport Museum are located. If you’d like to spend some time window shopping or sightseeing in Beaufort, you can either sail down Wednesday morning or depart Beaufort in the afternoon on Thursday.

Transient space at the marinas is a little tight so I need to know who’s planning to go on this trip within the next couple days so the Dockmaster can find space for everyone. Please send me the particulars on your boat ASAP (LOA, Beam Draft, Power Rqmts) and number of people and I will send a consolidated list to the Dockmaster.

Roger & Leslie Hammer; Cruise Captains

phone: (252) 249-6080


SCOO 2018 Chesapeake Bay Cruise

May 14 through June 7

We’ll be going up the ICW via Currituck Sound with only nightly stops until we reach Norfolk/Portsmouth area. The first two days are rather long but there are really no places to stop overnight other than Bellhaven and Alligator River. From Portsmouth, we’ll be sailing across the bay the the Eastern Shore of Virginia, spending most of week two over there. I initially looked at making stops at Tangier and Smith Islands going north in Tangier Sound but have read that the channels into these two islands can be difficult to navigate without local knowledge. However, the option is available to do a day trip out to Tangier Island from either Onancock or Crisfield via ferry.
After the stop in Crisfield, we’ll be making our way north up Tangier Sound and across the bay to Solomon’s. From there, we’ll sail across to the Choptank River for Memorial Day weekend. The Choptank has a lot of really nice anchorages where we can raft up overnight. There are also several picturesque villages to visit on the Choptank including Oxford and Cambridge. We used to keep our boat in Herrington Harbor across the bay from the Choptank so I am very familiar with this area.
From the Choptank, we’ll be sailing back across the bay to Herrington Harbor North. If you are having any problems with your boat that require a mechanic or rigger, this is a good place to get repairs done. They also have a swimming pool and really nice private heads and showers and a laundry. Leslie really enjoyed the amenities at this marina when we kept our boat there.
Wind and weather permitting, I’d like to do an overnight sail down the Chesapeake to Deltaville. It’s a 12-13 hour trip at six knots. Navigation is very easy heading south down the Chesapeake – no pleasure traffic at night and not a lot of commercial traffic. I’ve done this trip several times at night. I have both radar and AIS so I can keep an eye out for commercial traffic for those of you who don’t have a lot of electronics onboard. If the majority is not comfortable doing an overnight transit, we will modify the schedule or split into Two groups.
From Deltaville, I’d like to visit Yorktown on the York River before heading back south to Oriental. Again, weather permitting, I’d like to go down Albemarle Sound and make stops at Manteo and a Ocracoke on the way back. We always ha e the option of staying in the ICW if we ha e bad weather.

I would very much appreciate feedback from anyone doing the trip and from those of you who have cruised the southern end of Chesapeake on recommendations for stops.

This itinerary is subject to change based on weather and the preferences of the group. We do not have to stay together on this trip and you don’t have to do the entire trip if you have other commitments.
I would like different skippers going on the trip to serve as Cruise Captains for different Ports of Call. This would involve contacting local marinas for dock space and identifying safe places to anchor, researching local restaurants and local sights, and revising charts and cruising guides ahead of time and briefing other skippers on navigating in and out of the port.

Date Journey Distance (nm)
Monday, 14 May Oriental to Belhaven 45.8nm
Tuesday, 15 May Belhaven to Alligator River 46.1nm
Wednesday, 16 May Alligator River to Coinjock 31.9nm
Thursday, 17 May Coinjock to Portsmouth 40nm
Saturday, 19 May Portsmouth to Cape Charles 33nm
Monday, 21 May Cape Charles to Onancock 40.5nm
Thursday, 24 May Onancock to Crisfield 23nm
Friday, 25 May Crisfield to Solomon’s 41nm
Saturday, 26 May Solomon’s to San Domingo Creek (Choptank River) 35nm
Sunday, 27 May San Domingo Creek to Oxford 13.6nm
Monday, 28 May Oxford to Herrington Harbor North (via Knapp’s Narrows) 24nm
Tuesday, 29 May Herrington Harbor North to Deltaville (overnight transit) 84nm
Thursday, 31 May Deltaville toYorktown 34nm
Friday, 01 Jun Yorktown to Portsmouth 39nm
Saturday, 02 June Portsmouth to Coinjock 40nm
Sunday, 03 June Coinjock to Manteo 38nm
Tuesday, 05 June Manteo to Ocracoke 59.4nm
Thursday, 07 June Ocracoke to Oriental 44.8nm

Roger & Leslie Hammer; Cruise Captains

phone: (252) 249-6080


SCOO 2018 Shakedown Sail

April 5, 2018

The 2018 SCOO Annual Shakedown Daysail is scheduled for Thursday, April 5th at 1100 hrs, weather permitting. This event kicks off the season of sailing for the SCOO Cruise schedule. It is intended to get your boat(s) out on the water to test all systems before any lengthy cruises.

A popular and practical exercise is a M.O.B. Drill (or as the Coast Guard calls it, P.I.W. or Person in Water) and it works like this: a tether ball and a fender, tied together, are floating in the water. A participating boat will motor or sail past the floats. When the boat’s stern passes the float, the crew will turn back and use a boat hook to lift the float aboard, then throw it back in the water for the next participant. The event will be timed from when the boat’s stern passes the float until it is raised to the boat’s tow rail. It is NOT a race, but the elapsed time will provide an idea of what is involved when attempting to picking up a PIW. I will be anchored aboard LANSA in the vicinity between Oriental “1”, the #2 marker for Whittaker Creek channel and the “fish haven impound”, approximately N35⁰ 013’ w76⁰ 40’ and will provide timing for the event. I will monitor channel 72. It does not take long for a boat to complete the exercise and, in the past years, most boats made several runs under sail, under power, and from different wind directions. Boats can also anchor and watch the event to see how it is done. Take pictures and share… can prove to be educational and entertaining at the same time!!

Volunteers for MOB shakedown Thursday April 5th We need someone with a powerboat to help set and re-set the MOB floats as needed. Also looking for crew aboard Lansa to help with recording and timing of the recovery attempt times. I can pick you up at the Town Dock and return you to it after the event.

ODC Pursuit Race Schedule

Oriental Dinghy Club is having six (6) Pursuit Series races which are spread out over the season…approximately one per month. All sailors in the Oriental area, whether they are ODC members or not, are invited to participate in these races. There will be a small charge for non-members to more-or-less cover the cost of the Post Race Social (beer, soda, waters & munchies) for the skipper and his crew. Here is the Pursuit Race schedule for the 2018 season:

Date Day Club Event Location
Apr 14 Sa ODC ODC Pursuit Series Race-1 Oriental
May 12 Sa ODC ODC Pursuit Series Race-2 Oriental
May 26 Sa ODC ODC Pursuit Series Race-3 Oriental
Jun 23 Sa SCOO Summer Solstice Whortonsville
Jul 14 Sa ODC ODC Pursuit Series Race-4 Oriental
Aug 11 Sa ODC ODC Pursuit Series Race-4 Oriental
Aug 11 Sa ODC ODC Pursuit Series Race-5 Oriental
Oct 11 Sa ODC ODC Pursuit Series Race-6 Oriental

There are a couple of other things we can offer to anyone who is interested:
– Onboard “Advisors”- the club has a number of very experienced racers. We make these folks available as ride along Advisors. They’re not, normally, involved in handling lines, steering, etc. They’re there to be of help on the procedures, rules, advice on tactics, answer questions, etc. Basically, they keep a skipper & crew from being out there but, not knowing exactly what to do and when. Consider them the skipper’s ‘safety blanket’.

– Crew- for any boats needing crew, we can help. ODC has an formal Crew Pool. Some pool folks are very experienced and some are novices. We can help find “the right fit” for most boats who race regularly with us.
If interested or want more information, please contact:
Joe Mattea (Lynn)
400 Mildred Street
Oriental, NC 28571
Mobile 304-552-5299
Home 252-249-1191

To see all of the upcoming events on the SCOO calendar, check out the 2019 revised Cruise Schedule

2019 Cruise Schedule (updated 5/2/19)
2019 Seminar Schedule (updated 2/18/19)

2018 Cruise Schedule (updated 5/09/18)
2018 Seminar Schedule Archive (updated 1/30/18)
Seminar Schedule Archive (2017)
Cruise Schedule Archive (2017)
Cruise Schedule Archive (2008-2016)
Seminar Schedule Archive (2008-2016)