Blackbeard Sailing Club is located within the southeast side of the gated Fairfield Harbour community (which was developed around the club after its founding). From New Bern, or Highway 17, take Highway 55 East toward Oriental. Turn right at the Broad Creek Road stoplight, continuing for 6 miles. Blackbeard's private red and white striped gate arm is a left beyond Fairfield's gates, onto Barkentine Drive (opposite well-marked Harbourside Drive and the entrance to Northwest Creek Marina). You'll need to be in possession of your electronic access key. Visitors should plan ahead to meet a member at the gate. Follow Barkentine Drive until you see a gravel road on your right. Turn on this and continue to the Blackbeard gate. Again, if you are a visitor you will need to have a club member meet you with an access card unless the gate is open for an event.
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Blackbeard Sailing Club is located on Upper Broad Creek, a tributary on the eastern shore of the Neuse River; six miles downriver from New Bern, just beyond green marker "3" (18 miles up the Neuse River from the ICW). The waypoint off our dock entrance is N35o 03.75 W76o 56.85. When coming upriver from the ICW be sure to not turn until at least midway between G17 and G19. Be sure to honor R2 and G3 when coming into Upper Broad Creek.
JOINT BSC/FHYC PICNIC ON JUNE 1
Plan on spending time at your club on Saturday, June 1st We are having a joint event to get to know our fellow boaters at FH.
Opti's will be available, starting at 12 noon, for kids to do a familarization class. At 1.30 pm, there will be a Poker Run for the adults. You provide whatever boat you want to go out in the creek to the anchored boats with the poker cards. Following this will be a Hot Dog lunch for $5.00. BSC members are requested to bring a snack and FH attendees will bring desserts. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, we are planning a deck party starting at 6.00. Scott and Donna Wade will be providing the music, and there may be some Karaoke involved. Bring your adult beverages and plan on having a good time.
Dave Whitney - 05/14/2013
Improve Your Ground Tackle Before the Next Storm Arrives
This very timely and informative message from Pete Thorn can help us all
After a competitive search, I found a great price on steel anchor cable that will improve the performance of fluke anchors, like the Fortress or Danforth, in the muddy bottom of Upper Broad Creek. The cable is used as an anchor leader, between your fluke anchor and your existing rode. It allows the fluke anchor to quickly set deeper than an anchor with a chain rode. The chain can pack with mud and create a thick chain/mud braid that prevents the anchor from setting well.
The cables are 3/8” galvanized steel, 7x19 wire rope, 3/8” thimble with an eye at each end, swaged and 10’ long. Breaking strength is about 14,400 pounds with a working load about 2,880. IMHO, the galvanized cable is better than stainless for a few reasons: 1) it is stronger; 2) if it corrodes you can plainly see it. It will not fail due to invisible crevice corrosion like stainless can, and; 3) it is less expensive. Between storms, clean the cable in fresh water, let it dry and spray it with WD40 to keep water out of the cable.
These cables can be purchased at www.webriggingsupply.com The price quote was a bit less than $28, plus shipping. Happy anchoring!
Nick Karasek - 09/21/2011
Boat US Hurricane Preparation Guide
Hurricane Irene has taught us a lesson: We can never be too prepated for a major storm! Thirteen boats in the trees. Dock boxes and dinghy racks thrown around like matchsticks. We could have been better prepared!
Boat US publlishes Preparing Baots and Marinas for Hurricanes which can be found under "Tips | Hurricane Prep".
Every member should review this document!
Bill Green - 09/05/2011
Security at BSC
The gate should never be left open after dark! If you are not sure whether you’re the last person on site, then please assume you are and close the gate!
If you don’t know how to do this, please ask a Board member who will be happy to assist. The security of the Club’s assets (and every member’s assets) is the responsibility of each and every one of us.
Bill Green - 08/03/2010
Important Notice: Alcohol Must Be Under Your Direct Control
The Club's permit issued by the NC Alcoholic Beverage Commission is at risk if members do not comply with the ABC Commission rules. Every member who brings beer, wine or liquor on the premises must have the items under their control at all times.
If you bring alcoholic beverages to the club house, please bring them in a small cooler or bag with your name on it. DO NOT place alcoholic beverages in the refrigerators. We have been given one warning in the past. Do not be the member that causes our permit to be revoked.
Bill Green - 08/02/2010