Youth Spotlight: Chase Carraway, 16, Cape Fear Academy

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 While the water off the coast of southeastern North Carolina is typically filled with surfers’ year around, 16-year Chase Carraway is making a name for himself in the world of sailing.

Chase Carraway sails off the coast of south Florida during Christmas break. Photos courtesy- Trey  Carraway.
Chase Carraway sails off the coast of south Florida during Christmas break. Photos courtesy- Trey Carraway.

The junior at Cape Fear Academy is a laser radial sailor and on the U.S. Olympic Development sailing team. The laser radial is a single-handed boat manned by one person.

Carraway is a member of the Lauderdale Yacht Club sailing team and represents the Carolina Yacht Club at Wrightsville Beach.  He’s participated in regatta all over the country, with his most recent competition sailing in the 71st Annual International Youth Orange Bowl Regatta at the US Sailing Center in Miami, Florida, over Christmas break.

The event was the largest international youth series of boat races in the nation. He competed in the laser radial fleet with nearly 90 other boats, including competitors from all over the United States and many different countries. After two days of racing, Carraway qualified for the Gold Championship fleet. Ten races were sailed over four days on beautiful Biscayne Bay. Carraway had four bullets (first place finishes), all top six finishes and ended the regatta in second place overall, just one point away from first-place.

His most favorite moment from his days on the water came during the holidays when he soared from behind 22 other boats during the last leg of the race to capture first place. Olympic Gold Medalist Tom Slingsby is Carraway’s favorite athlete.

Chase Carraway is a student at Cape Fear Academy.
Chase Carraway is a student at Cape Fear Academy.

With three nicknames it’s hard to figure out which one Chase likes most, but the “Chaser” also enjoys watching college hoops and “Shark Tank.” Maybe one day we’ll see this bright mind who likes crunching numbers in math class make a pitch to the sharks.

Name:  Chase Carraway

Age:  16

School: Cape Fear Academy

Nickname: “Legend” and “2K” and “Chaser”

Sports played: Sailing

Favorite coach and why?  My favorite coach is Chris Dold.  He has helped me in more ways than I can express. He is an extremely intense coach who pushes me all the time and helps perfect every part of the sport. Chris has been the biggest impact on my sailing career and I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.

Favorite athlete:  Tom Slingsby

Favorite sports team:  Duke

Chase Carraway is a member of the Carolina Yacht Club on Wrightsville Beach.
Chase Carraway is a member of the Carolina Yacht Club on Wrightsville Beach.

Favorite sport to watch other than the one you play:  College Basketball

Most memorable experience on the field/court:  In my last race of the 2016 Orange Bowl regatta, I came back from 22 and passed everyone on the last leg of the course to win the race.

Favorite food:  Chicken

Favorite school subject:  Math

Favorite teacher:  Cody Adams

Favorite TV show:  Shark Tank

Favorite thing you like to do outside of sports:  Go fishing with friends and relax.