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Loring captures Sunfish

Two days of racing in trying conditions wrapped up Sunday afternoon for the Charleston Yacht Club Open Regatta.

Avid sailor and world champion David Loring captured the win for the Sunfish fleet.

“I haven’t won a regatta with an OCS. But I sailed as hard as I could, and I never gave up,” said Loring.

The majority of the races were completed on Saturday, and after a short delay Sunday, all the courses got two races off. A total of 87 boats sailed.

On Course 3, there were a total of 15 Lightnings and 13 J-24s, a sizable increase from last year. Chris Hamilton captured third with his wife Terry and Jon Colarusso.

“It was tough sailing with the tide and the competitive fleet, but we had a great time,” Chris Hamilton said.

On the junior course there were a total of 28 competitors. Overall Opti sailor was won by Kaylyn Gise.

“It was fast and fun and I want to do it again,” said nine-year-old Jack McKenzie, who sailed his first regatta in Opti Green and finished second.

John Seibels and Michael Lally won the 420 division.

The Charleston Yacht Club Women’s Award was presented to Nancy Hagood, who is currently on the 470 U.S. Sailing Olympic Development Team.

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