Expanded OC-6 Event at the Carolina Cup
Photo courtesy of Rod Clayton

Expanded OC-6 Event at the Carolina Cup

This year, many new things are being added to the infamous Carolina Cup, including the all new nine-mile, six-man outrigger canoe race. Teams will race the well known Surf to Sound “9-mile flatwater championship” course, with different gender divisions (male and female divisions only; NO mixed category) as well as different weight categories (traditional canoe and unlimited canoe) if need be. With variables such as tide, current, wind, and the wide waterways, this will surely be a very exciting and strategic race.

Photo courtesy of Carolina Cup

The race will follow ECORA (East Coast Outrigger Racing Association) racing guidelines, and  many ECORA clubs are expected to participate in the event.

 “We plan on having four canoes and up to eight crews participating,” said Wrightsville Beach Outrigger Canoe Club president, Emily Deisroth, “We are very excited about the opportunity to have a competitive outrigger canoe race in Wrightsville Beach.”

Organizers ask that you bring your own canoes and paddles, but rental options may be available through participating canoe clubs.

Photo courtesy of Surf to Sound and Aerial Images ILM


For the OC-6 race, only the team captain needs to register.

As of February 16, the total registration fee for one 6-man canoe is $210 ($35 per paddler).

You can register here: https://paddleguru.com/races/TheWestMarineCarolinaCup2017

Race Day Details:

Canoes and crews should arrive race day morning at 8:00 am at the Blockade Runner sound side beach. Keep in mind that if you are trailering and are putting in at the public boat ramp, you will need to paddle your canoe to the starting area. This distance is approximately 1.6 miles.

Race meeting is at 8:45 AM

Races Begin at 9:00 AM and continues throughout the day

Canoe Trailer Parking / Canoe Put Ins:

Canoe trailers can park and boats can be put in at Wrightsville Beach’s public launch at :

Wrightsville Beach, Intracoastal Waterway

NEW HANOVER COUNTY N 34° 13′ 06” W 77° 48′ 41”

109 Causeway Dr., Wrightsville Beach, NC 72 parking spaces

Photo credit: Harrison Deisroth

Directions to Boat Ramp from I-40 and US 74 Junction:

From the junction at the end of I-40 and US 74 (Martin Luther King Pkwy.) in Wilmington,

travel on US 74 east 4.4 miles. After crossing the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge, turn left on

Channel Walk Dr. at the first intersection and then turn immediately left to the area.


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More event details can be found at: http://wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub.com/carolina-cup/ 

Additional photo credit: Rod Clayton

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