More than 100 sailboats are expected to fill the harbor Saturday and Sunday for the annual Charleston Yacht Club Regatta.
"This is a big deal for the yacht club because it's the 80th anniversary of the founding of the club (headquartered at the City Marina off Lockwood Boulevard)," said Charleston Yacht Club sailing chair Ken King.
Opening ceremonies began Friday with registration. Registration continues Saturday along with a skipper's meeting at 10:30 a.m., with sailing expected to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. King said they hoped to hold three or four races Saturday and at least two races Sunday.
Three courses will be set up in the area bounded between Carolina Yacht Club, James Island Yacht Club and Fort Johnson.
King said the club has placed an emphasis on growing the sport and has partnered with the College of Charleston and Charleston Community Sailing to raise charter fees so juniors can use the boats at no charge.
"We're hoping to have a strong junior fleet out there . so we're trying to make it a little easier for them," King said.
King said he also expects a large turnout of Lightnings as well as J24s.
"The J24 series of races is a qualifying event for the U.S. Sailing Adult Championship. The winner will represent Area D, which includes the South Atlantic states, southern inland states, Florida and the Gulf states at the finals to be held Sept. 24-27 in Fort Worth, Texas," King said.
The club also will present two special awards. The Women's Award is presented to an outstanding sailor in the Charleston area that displays skill, sportsmanship and character on and off the water and serves as a role model for younger female sailors. The Lockwood Trophy goes to an active racing sailor from Charleston Yacht Club who best exemplifies the combination of passion and dedication to the sport.
Summer Series 2 sailing
Thirty-one boats sailed Wednesday night in the Summer Series 2 Race 3 in Charleston Harbor, racing in driving rain and calm 5-10 knot breezes. Alpha Fleet competed on Course 9 (8.5 nautical miles) while Bravo, Charlie, Delta and November fleets competed on Course 1 (5.1) nautical miles.
Winning boats, skippers and corrected times were: A - Temptress, Robert Hibdon, 1:26:28; Mongo, Miles Martschink, 1:26:36; Kinetic, Robert Stein, 1:26:49. B - Jo Mamma, Mike Palazzo, 0:44:15; Level Pelican, Crisp McDonald, 0:46:55; Bernadette, Eric Dove, 0:47:37. C - Quintette, Ken King, 0:48:32; Tohidu, Jay Cook, 0:54:46; Old School, Paul Jacques, 0:56:05. D - Knot Twins, David Smith, 0:58:53; Directions, John Springer, 1:01:57; English Beat, Brian Hill, 1:06:13. N - Madame George, Justin Walling, 0:58:07; Fate, Dustin Ryan, 1:05:38; Cheers, Tom Mackin, 1:07:32.