There is safety in numbers when cruising the open waters to Ocracoke Island and the more the merrier! Members of Fairfield Harbour Yacht Club and Blackbeard Sailing Club cruised to the popular Outer Banks Island for the Ocrafolk Festival June 2-4. The island is only accessible by boat, ferry or plane so getting there is half the fun.
The 18th annual festival offers a weekend of great music, storytelling, artists, and crafts in the heart of Ocracoke Village. Ocracoke’s thirteen miles of unspoiled, pristine beaches are perfect for swimming, surfing, or just relaxing in the sun.
Boaters stayed at the federal docks and other marinas. The overflow of boats anchored out in Silver Lake and dingyed in for the fun. Folks who came by ferry stayed at delightful bed and breakfasts or motels.
Here is what Fairfield Harbour cruisers say about the music festival and the journey to get there.
“We’ve been to the Ocrafolk Festival five times and never grow tired of it. The music is incredible! Next stop is Manteo and then we'll cruise up the coast to Connecticut, stopping along the way to enjoy the summer on our boat.”
Jim and Jody Fortuna and Gibson, Tarantella, Taswell 43 (photo right)
“We were the cruise leaders for the Fairfield Harbour Yacht Club to Orcacoke this year. A few days of bad weather delayed the passage but that’s cruising, you have to be prepared. Getting to Ocracoke is the adventure. The festival was outstanding this year.”
Ted and Kate Clark, Sweet Pea, Albin 32+2'