Celebrating sails, power and paddles

Dax Holding touches up a 1937 Elco owned by Rob Roberston on display at the Charleston In-Water Boat Show at Brittlebank Park and the Bristol Marina.

If you suffer from hydrophobia, this probably isn't the best weekend to be in Charleston.

In case you're wondering, hydrophobia is a fear of water. It also means you might have rabies. But for the purposes of this story, let's go with "fear of water."

The reason we mention this is because starting today and running through Sunday there are three big water-related events going on in the Lowcountry at various aquatic locations: Charleston Race Week, the Charleston In-Water Boat Show and the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival.

And with temperatures forecast to be in the low 80s, light springtime winds and only a minimal chance of rain Saturday afternoon, it should be a great weekend to be outside, leaving you with nothing to worry about except spotting watercraft. And the occasional rabid animal.

— Bryce Donovan

If you go

CANOE AND KAYAK FESTIVAL

WHEN: Today through Sunday.

WHERE: James Island County Park.

COST: From $15-$50/day.

INFO: For a complete daily festival schedule or more information, call 795-4FUN or visit ccprc.com/ecckf.

RACE WEEK

WHEN: Today through Sunday.

WHERE: There will be three race courses: one in Charleston Harbor and two out beyond the jetties.

COST: Free to watch from your own boat or on land; to hop aboard the Palmetto Breeze catamaran, it costs $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 3-12 and is free for children ages 2 and younger.

INFO: For a complete schedule of race times (most start around 8-9 a.m. and go until 2-5 p.m.), or to find out about surrounding events, visit charlestonraceweek.com or call 843-312-0562.

IN-WATER BOAT SHOW

WHEN: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: The Bristol Marina, 145 Lockwood Blvd. and Brittlebank Park.

COST: Tickets, which can be purchased at the gate, are $10 for adults, free for children 12 and younger.

INFO: Call 514-5632 or visit charlestonspringboatshow.com.