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2019 Optimist Southeast Championship

October 11, 2019 | 10:00am - October 14, 2019 | 5:00pm

2019 Optimist Southeast Championship

This event also serves as the Spring Teams Qualifier.

October 11-14, 2019

YMCA Camp Sea Gull and YMCA Camp Seafarer

Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer is a unique host site for an Opti regatta because we offer a one-stop-shop for the sailing venue, a place to stay, a place to eat, airport transportation and support (coach/spectator) boat charters. We also offer our traditional Camp activities for families and sailors when they are not out on the water. The zipline, the pool, paddle sports, the blob, the water slide, riflery, and archery will be scheduled. Tennis, golf, basketball, soccer, volleyball, tetherball, and general athletics are always available as self-serve activities. 

You can watch our 2017 USODA Atlantic Coast Championship video to get a glimpse of what to expect from a regatta at Camp!

For a first-timer to Camp Sea Gull or for a first-timer to an Opti regatta, it can be a puzzle to make sure all your bases are covered. Here is all you need to know:


2019 Opti SEC (STQ) Notice of Race


To sign up for the regatta, complete online registration and pay all entry fees at

  • The entry fee is U.S. $165 if paid by September 20.
  • A late fee of U.S. $25 ($190 total) shall be paid for registrations completed September 21 through September 27.
  • An additional late fee of U.S. $25 ($215 total) shall be paid for registrations completed September 28 through 12:00 PM EDT, October 4.
  • Registration will be closed October 4, at 12:00 PM EDT.

Entry fees are non-refundable and may not be transferred to another USODA event. 


All participants must fill out a Site Registration Form regardless of whether they are staying overnight at Camp or just attending as a day participant.

The most cost-effective accommodation is to stay onsite at Camp Sea Gull.  Housing is in open-air cabins with a full bathroom and plenty of green space for enjoying a riverfront view. Wake up in the morning with your Opti and breakfast located 100 feet away. You can see our cabins and our virtual tour here

If you choose to stay in a hotel or rental house rather than at Camp Sea Gull, please see a list of area lodging. Note that many of these locations are a 20-30 minute drive from Camp. If you stay off-site you can purchase a meals and activities package at Camp through the Site Registration Form.


Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) in New Bern, N.C. is about 30 minutes from Camp Sea Gull. On Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11 we will offer airport pick-up and transportation to Camp Sea Gull coordinated with arriving flights at 8:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:06 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. On Monday, October 14 we will offer an airport shuttle departing Camp Sea Gull at 5:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. flights out of New Bern. On Tuesday, October 15 we will offer airport shuttles departing Camp Sea Gull at 3:45 a.m., 7:00 a.m, 10:15 a.m., and 12 noon. You can reserve your spot on these shuttles on your Site Registration Form. If you need a shuttle at an alternate time, you can indicate that on your Site Registration Form, but know that you may be grouped with other arrivals and/or departures that could require early arrival to the airport or waiting at the airport for pick-up.


Camp offers the Joy Boy II, a 65' spectator boat, as part of your Site Registration Form. If you want a personal boat you can bring your own or charter a boat locally.

All support boats must register using the Support Boat Registration Form. Bring this completed form with you to check-in or we will have blank forms available for you to complete at check-in. Support boats must obtain a numbered flag supplied by the OA during check-in that must be displayed from a staff at all times on the water. A $20 deposit is required.  Each support boat shall have a working VHF radio and monitor the radio, an anchor suitable for anchoring in the waiting area and a basic first aid kit. 

Your two options for local charter are Bow to Stern Boating or on-site at Camp Sea Gull.

Bow to Stern Boating, Oriental, NC

13’ Ribcrafts, 15’ Ribcraft, 17' Key West

Contact Jim Edwards at 252-474-6000

Camp Sea Gull 

14’ Scouts 25hp

To charter one of the Camp Sea Gull Scouts, indicate this on your Site Registration Form.


All sailors must provide their own boat or charter.

Zim Sailing
(401) 237-6117

KO Sailing
(800) 276-7245

(423) 362-4506

Sturgis Boat Works
(508) 778-9187


Sea Gull and Seafarer welcome the support of volunteers for roles like safety boat, check-in and measurement, and launch of Optis. You can find out more details of specific roles and sign up as a volunteer on our Volunteer Matters page -  2019 Optimist Southeast Championship.  If you need help with signing up through Volunteer Matters, contact


We have a wide range of sponsorship packages for the regatta. For more details, please read over our Sponsorship Package.