With so much happening on the Outer Banks this week it’s tough to know what to write about. This was Pirate Week with cannon fire and sword drills at Kitty Hawk Kites; downtown Manteo was alive with the creativity as the New World Festival of the Arts sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council set up for the 37th time.

But for us the the most exciting event to check out was the Club 420 North American Championships in Croatan Sound. Sponsored by SailNC the regatta brought 78 crews from all over North America for the four day competition.

The 420 refers to the size of the boats—4.2 meters, or almost 14’. Sailing with a two person crew, the the single-hulled boats are graceful and beautiful in the water. This is a youth event, with the oldest participants 22 years old.

The winds were light and fitful Wednesday and Thursday, but perfect for racing today. Originally scheduled to end on Saturday, final heats will be held Sunday morning to make up for the light winds earlier in the week.

There are a couple of really interesting events coming up next week as well.

Wednesday, August 19 is National Aviation Day. Free admission to the Wright Brothers Memorial with aircraft on display and flight related activities.

Thursday it’s Splash & Dash at Jennette’s Pier. Sponsored by Tri Outer Banks Sports, the race is a 400 meter open water swim and a 5K beach run. Same day registration is available, but be there 6:30-7:30 for the 8:00 a.m. to take advantage of that.