Sailing and Charleston a winning match

I want to thank The Post and Courier for the May 13 article by Jeff Hartsell’s titled “Recent deaths a sober reminder for ocean sailors.”

I am the past commodore of the Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA). We run over 30 sailboat races per year, many of which are offshore and a few are overnight.

I believe that most of our skippers and crew are well aware of the risks and take the proper precautions to enjoy the sport safely.

Many readers in the area may not be aware of Charleston’s resurgence as a venue for elite sailing.

Our own Charleston Race Week has become the largest keelboat regatta in the country. Most major round the world sailing races now include Charleston on their stops.

Brad Van Liew, a local resident and recent winner of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world race, is currently trying to set a speed record from New York to the British Isles. And recently Charleston hosted the Atlantic Cup, where 14 sailboats left here on a race to New York and Rhode Island.

I am thrilled to see the sport get more local attention. We have an amazing, year-round climate and combination of harbor and ocean sailing conditions that are difficult to match.

The world’s best sailors are taking notice.

Sailing is one of the few sports that anyone can participate in regardless of age, gender or background, and we encourage all who are interested to contact us at CORA or one of the local yacht clubs for more information.

Kirk H. Weichse Lockwood Drive

Charleston