About Pirates on the Pungo

Over the past 19 years, the Pirates on the Pungo Regatta has raised more than $125,000 for various charities and non-profits throughout Beaufort County. In the early years, the proceeds went to the Pungo District Hospital Foundation to support needs of the local hospital.

With the closing of the hospital, subsequent regattas have supported other worthwhile organizations such as the Friends of Belhaven, the Beaufort Community Care Fund, the Shepard Cancer Foundation and Martha’s Food Pantry.

The Friends of Belhaven, participating in the NC Department of Commerce Small Town Mainstreet revitalization program, used the funds to provided banners to beautify the streets of downtown Belhaven. The Beaufort Community Care Fund used their funding to enrich the lives of residents at the two local nursing homes, Autumnfield and Pantego House. In honor of Bob Haynes, a former organizer of Pirates on the Pungo, a significant contribution was made to the Shephard Cancer Foundation to support patients and families throughout Beaufort County dealing with this dreadful disease. Martha’s Food Pantry helps meet the nourishment needs of many local families. Pirates on the Pungo is proud to have been able to support these worthwhile causes.

For the first time, this year’s event is being sponsored by the Belhaven Community Chamber of Commerce with assistance from the River Rat Yacht Club, a local sailing association. Funds raised in 2019 will be donated to the Belhaven Memorial Museum , a 501 c (3), for much needed repairs and upgrades. A portion of the funds will be set aside as seed money for Pirates on the Pungo 2020 to ensure the success of this event.

The POTP Foundation is a 501 (c)3 corporation. All contributions are deductible to the fullest extent of the IRS law.

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Passionate Racers!

Able Crews!

Epic Racing!



Tickets & T-Shirts

Buccaneer Bash
Dinner Dance only:
  • $45
Shoreside Pass only:
  • (includes Captain's Reception,
    Breakfast Saturday and Sunday,
    and cookout Sunday)
  • $25
Total Meal Package
    (includes all meal events)
  • $60
  • XXL – $25
  • S-XL– $20

Race Registration

Regatta Entry Fee:
Registration before May 1st:
  • $45

  • Regatta Late Entry Fee:

  • $55
  • We'd like to thank these Sponsors!

    Rear Admiral Sponsors

    Commander Sponsors

    Captain Sponsor

    William and Jennifer Chope
    M/V Sea Jay
    Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

    Ensign Sponsors

    Please say “thank you” to our In-Kind Sponsors

    A and W Sales
    (two golf carts)

    Belhaven Volunteer Fire Department
    (chase boat and showers)

    Between Water and Main B & B

    David’s Trash
    (trash cans)

    Gingerbread Bakery and O’Neal’s Snack Bar
    (sweet rolls)

    Hwy 55
    (100 hot dogs and buns)

    Rotary Club
    (cookout on Sunday)

    Rose Acre Egg Farm
    (10 dozen eggs)

    Town of Belhaven
    (use of Town Dock)

    Murphy and Rebecca Moore
    (use of property)

    West Marine
    (marks) center>

    Want to support us as a Sponsor?
    Click on a Sponsor Level to see more.

    Download a Sponsorship Agreement Form (PDF)

    Event Naming Rights $ 10,000

    Admiral $ 2500

    • Large ad on sponsor board
    • Logo on t-shirt
    • Logo on website
    • Link to your website
    • 4 Buccanneer Bash Tickets

    Rear Admiral $ 1000

    • Medium ad on sponsor board
    • Logo on t-shirt
    • Text link to your website

    Captain $ 1000

    • Small ad on sponsor board
    • Listing on Website

    Commander $ 250

    • Includes business card size ad on sponsor board
    • Listing on website

    Ensign $ 125

    • Name or company on website
      and on program

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Sailing Dinghies
    Multihull Sailboats
    Spinnaker & Non-Spinnaker Sailboats
    Cruising Class — Boats which are not normally used for racing, but want to participate.
    One Design Classes — Classes may be established when five or more boats of a single type (e.g. Buccaneer 18, San Juan 21, Force 5, etc.) are entered.
    All must be entered by May 11, 2019 to establish a One Design class.
    Belhaven Water Street Bed and Breakfast, Ltd.
    567 E. Water St.
    252-943-2825 Toll Free 866-338-2825

    Between Water and Main, Bed & Breakfast
    367 E. Water Street

    Bellport Inn Bed and Breakfast
    723 East Main St.

    River Forest Manor
    738 East Main St.

    Peachtree Campground
    5283 NC 99 South
    Belhaven, NC 27810
    252 943-4227

    Bath Harbor Motel & Marina
    101 Carteret St
    Bath, NC

    The Inn on Bath Creek
    116 S Main St
    Bath, NC

    Econo Lodge
    Hwy 17 N
    Washington, NC

    Hampton Inn
    2085 W 15th St
    Washington, NC

    Free camping space is available by reservation.
    For more info, use the "Contact the Pirates" link to request a camp site reservation.

    Belhaven Marina
    Call Gregg at 252-944-0066
    Monitors VHF 16

    Cooperage Town Dock
    4-6 Slips
    No water or electricity available
    First come basis

    Dinghy Dock
    No reservations
    Located at Wynne’s Gut Town Dock

    Dowry Creek Marina

    Pungo Creek Marina

    River Forest Marina
    (Limited Number of slips)
    Call Henry Boyd at 252-943-0030
    Monitors VHF 16

    River Forest Shipyard
    Monitors VHF 16

    Wynne’s Gut Town Dock
    Room for six 30-40 footers
    No reservations – available on a first come basis.
    Water and electricity available.
    Call Gregg at 252-944-0066

    Venue Info


    Belhaven Town Dock
    E. Water St. at Pamlico St.

    Phone: 919-880-1183

    Mail: dianalambeth@gmail.com

    Local Wind & Weather:

    Click Here
    (then click "Windstream")