Stretching for some 120 miles along the Atlantic Ocean, there is almost always some activity coming up that’s a little bit different and worth noting. That’s especially the case this coming week with the 2015 Club 420 North American Championship in the Croatan Sound on the north end of Roanoke Island Thursday through Saturday. 

The 420 class are single-hulled sailboats that get their name from their length—4.2 meters, that works out to be a little under 14”. This is a youth competition, with the oldest competitors 22 years old. The boats use a two person crew.

The race course is between the Old Mann’s Harbor Bridge and the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge. That’s the same race course that other regattas have used very successfully in the past.

For anyone who wants to check the race out, headquarters for the race is at the Old Swimming Hole just before the Dare County Airport. Take binoculars—as the boats traverse the far side of the course by the mainland they’re about two miles away.

Also happening on Roanoke Island—along the waterfront in Manteo this week—Wednesday and Thursday, the New World Festival of the Arts is taking place. Sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council the festival brings almost 100 artists and crafters to the Outer Banks.