Finally home after almost two weeks of traveling and sailing the Melges 24 World Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas. It was a successful trip for our team, CREAM/A.R.D.O.R.
We finished 15th out of 32 boats and brought home some money after winning the Velocitek $1,000 Speed Challenge, which is awarded to the team with the highest 10-second average speed.
After two races, our team sailed upwind for another hour with two other boats to see if we could find that one puff that would send us. (Of course we agreed on how the money would be split prior to doing that). We tied Bora Gulari with an average speed of 16.9 and won the tie-breaker. Upon my return I realized summer, along with the humidity, has arrived. Everyone remember to be safe on the water over the Memorial Day weekend.
It isn't too late to sign the kids up for summer sailing lessons. Many of the programs start on June 6 and run through August 12. Charleston Community Sailing has started a Guppy Program geared to children ages 5-7 and designed to help kids become more comfortable around the water and on boats. This program is the only one in town geared for this age group. Check out sailcharleston.org for more information on this and other sailing programs.
The College of Charleston sailing team is in Cascade Locks, Ore., competing in the ICSA national championships.
"The conditions are not as expected out here and there have been a lot of postponements," said Greg Fisher, the college's director of sailing. "The weather legs may take five minutes and downwind legs may be 25 minutes and there is more current than Charleston. Our team trained hard prior to the event and the women have been up in the top 10 numerous times and as a team we are very enthusiastic about the upcoming team racing and dinghy championships."
Follow the racing online at collegesailing.org.
Charleston Bermuda Race update
Reports from the Charleston Bermuda Race sound like the winds are very light. Leading the pack are The Bennett-Ford family and friends on board the Shipman 63 Tucana and Stephen Colbert's team on the OnDeck Farr 65 Spirit of Juno. The leaders are within 170 miles of Bermuda, but given the current lack of consistent wind they're not expected to finish until Saturday. A number of the entries have reported seeing whales (pilot whales and sperm whales) and almost everyone in the fleet has succeeded in catching fish. On board the OnDeck
Farr 65 Spirit of Minerva, it was a veritable Mahi Mahi fest. To follow the race go to charlestonbermudarace.com.
Special Olympics Regatta
Volunteers are needed for the Special Olympics South Carolina Regatta to be held next weekend at the James Island Yacht Club. Duties entail helping serve meals, helping athletes in and out of boats and around the clubhouse. Opening ceremonies will be held Friday starting at 7 p.m. To volunteer, call Lucy Swattfied at (843) 795-6226.
The Femme Fatale had 17 boats participate in the annual regatta in which each boat must have a female skipper. It's great to see the number of boats for this event increase. Next up is Witches Brew in the Fall.
The CORA Summer series starts Wednesday. Charleston Sail Loft will sponsor the series for the third year in a row. Don't forget to come over to the Charleston Yacht Club following races for burgers and awards.
Results and boats that are looking for a crew can be found online at charlestonoceanracing.org.
June 1: CORA Wednesday Night Summer Series
June 3-6: Annual Lowcountry Special Olympics Regatta
June 11-12: Hobcaw Yacht Club Regatta
June 17-19: James Island Yacht Club Regatta
Jessica Koenig is the executive director of Charleston Community Sailing. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.