Our first “points” regatta of the season was held Saturday, May 15, 2021. Breezes were in the 4-12mph range and included some sudden gusts, one of which produced our first turtle of the season as well. Yay, John and Linda! As Curtis put it, “Oak Hollow was up to its usual tricks.”
Nevertheless, our eight boats, evenly split between mono- and multi-hulls, got three one-lap races out of it, and some perfectly beautiful weather.
Many thanks to our competitors, race committee, P.R.O., and to Si, who so thoughtfully provided us with coffee and doughnut sustenance before race time. You guys rock.
March 27 was our season opener, the Chilly Dipper Regatta, a no-points race. We finished three races on a triangle course. Thanks to our awesome Race Committee for the day, Dave Heap and Glenda Wilkinson! If anyone has more pictures, please email them. Submissions are always welcome!
Saturday, April 10, our club held the first of our “How-To” training days. About 17 club members reviewed the procedures for the Safety Boat and the Pontoon (RC) Boat. This will help everyone when they serve on the Race Committee for our upcoming sailing season!
The Oak Hollow Sailing Club was founded in 1974 by a group of enthusiastic sailors who had begun plying the waters of High Point, NC’s newly formed Oak Hollow Lake. The club has operated continuously since that time and helped many in the area to more fully enjoy one of mankind’s greatest sports pastimes – Sailing!
Today, the club operates from the North Marina, long known and originally set aside as the “Sailing Marina.” Members own and operate a wide variety of sailing vessels from small racing dingys and multi-hulls to mid-size cruising and pleasure sailboats. All share a passion for sailing.
Club regattas are held the 3rd Saturday of each month from April thru October. All regattas are mixed-fleet, handicapped races so each boat and each sailor can compete on a level basis. Year’s end participation trophies are awarded in both Mono-Hull and Multi-Hull classes. If you do not have a boat but would like to try sailboat racing – come on out! Someone is usually willing to have crew on their boat. This is a great way to learn the in’s and out’s of sailboat racing.
In addition, four additional club regatta events are held on a stand-alone basis. In March, the club holds it’s annual Multi-Hull regatta in order to take advantage of the type winds these boats are made for. This is usually the most “spirited” race of the year. Mono-Hulls are welcome too, of course! In November, the club enjoys the annual inter-club regatta with Greensboro’s Lake Townsend Yacht Club. This is highly competitive yet friendly racing. There are two “Gunkhole” regattas which allow the racers to choose their own course around the lake. The Gunkhole races are truly fun events suitable for newcomers or old pro’s.
The club hosts an annual community fun day in May. This provides an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in sailing to come out and see what the club and the sport is all about. In addition, club socials are held at various restaurants and pubs throughout the city each month of the year.
The Oak Hollow Sailing Club prides itself on being competitive without being overly intense – our focus is first and foremost to enjoy the wonderful sport of sailing. Whether you like to race or simply enjoy sailing in teh company of others, everyone is welcome and members go out of their way to help newcomers. If you already have the sailing bug, or think you’d like to explore it, please join us. We’d love to have you participate or help you get started. Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.