Taking a break, but see you on the water
Well, here it is, my last sailing column for the season.
Remember that just because the sailing column is going on a short hiatus, it doesn't mean there's no sailing in the fall.
There's a plethora of opportunities to get on the water during the cooler months. My parting column will highlight the ways to stay involved and be in the loop of sailing in Charleston.
Our city offers one of the country's best harbors and surrounding waters for year-round sailing. That's why we live here.
If you're looking for upcoming events, want to join a club, need a marine service or want to build your one design class, you can find it all at www.sailcharleston.org. If you have sailing news, send it our way; we want to be sure to keep up with what area sailors are doing around the world.
As the summer series wrapped up, Charleston Ocean Racing Association will start monthly meetings on the third Thursday of each month with the first meeting on Sept. 15. The meetings at the Charleston Yacht Club start at 6:30 p.m. and encourage fellowship among local sailors with a presentation, a meal and a calendar full of events.
Memberships are $35. For more information, go to www.charlestonoceanracing.org.
Leukemia Cup Regatta: In the past 14 years, the Charleston sailing community has raised nearly $1.5 million to support research and patient assistance programs. This event is on Oct. 1, and sailors and the public are invited to attend the celebration and auction at the Omar Shrine Center. The celebration includes food, beverages, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $35. All proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For information, call 881-8176 or go to www.leukemiacup.org/sc.
Spirit Ball: This black-tie fundraising gala for the South Carolina Maritime Foundation is Oct. 6. This nautically festive, fun and philanthropic event treats guests to a lively cocktail hour with a silent auction followed by a gourmet dinner and live auction. For information, go to www.scmaritime.org.
5th Annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser: Charleston Community Sailing will host this great annual event at one of the best oyster eating venues: Bowen's Island. With beautiful views, live bluegrass, oysters, BBQ and beverages, mark your calendars for Nov. 13. Help CCS raise funds to purchase a new fleet of sailboats so that they can continue to provides access, facilities and sailing instruction to anyone, regardless of socioeconomic background, skill level or physical ability.
People along the East Coast are preparing for the impact of Hurricane Irene. It appears we will get some effects in the form of great surf and some breeze. As the season lasts until November, I wish everyone a safe few months ahead, on and off the water.
Jessica Koenig is executive director of Charleston Community Sailing. Contact her at email@example.com.