About SailNC


SailNC, a North Carolina Corporation founded in 2013, is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Its mission is “The establishment of North Carolina’s coast and sounds as a sailing destination and hub, through the promotion and growth of all aspects of the sailing industry in North Carolina”.

SailNC is a North Carolina Marine Industrial Park Authority (NCMIPA) initiative that has the potential to position North Carolina’s Coast and sounds to be one of the premier sailing destinations on the east coast, for competitive and leisure sailors alike.

Future Plans

SailNC plans the creation of a sailing training center in Wanchese, NC. Wanchese is ideal as it has the support businesses and facilities needed (repair yards, outfitters, dockage, launching ramps, etc.), the ability to house and feed numerous visitors, and is near the excellent sailing waters of the Pamlico Sound.


Barry Wickre – Roanoke Island Maritime Musuem – Manteo

Board of Directors

Peter Johnstone, Chairman – Owner/Gunboat
Sarah Elder Bruce, CPA – Secretary/Treasurer
Steve Biggs  – Bertie County Economic Development Commission
Tim Ivey – NC Commerce
Jon Britt – Owner NorBanks Sailing
Pete Hunter