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Charleston's Avery Fanning is staying busy on the water.

After winning at the Laser North American championships and then spending a week at the Coast Guard Academy, Avery is now competing in the Youth Radial Worlds in La Rochelle, France.

Avery, a rising senior at Bishop England, ranked 63rd going into the final day of qualifying, with the top 68 boats advancing.

"It's hard to find good lanes and these are the toughest fleets I have ever sailed," Avery said. "But there is plenty more sailing to do so I'm keeping my chin up."

Fall high school sailing

As junior sailing programs are wrapping up their summer sailing, high school sailors are preparing for tryouts and for the fall season. Charleston Community Sailing offers a high school racing class that runs Aug. 1-12 (2-5 p.m. each day) to help prepare youth sailors interested in fine tuning their skills. If you can't make the entire two week session, come and sail the days you can and pay as you go.

If your looking for a more laid-back option, try the Fun Sailing class that runs Aug. 8-12 (9 a.m.-noon). For more information, call 607-4890.

Charleston Community Sailing will hold its annual Summer Dance at the Charleston Yacht Club on Aug. 12. The event is open to all youth sailors ages 8 and up. There will be music, fun andgames. Admission is $10 per person. For more information or to make a donation for the event, go to www.charlestoncommunitysailing.org.

Carolina Yacht Club Open Regatta

The fourth open regatta of the summer sailing season is upon us this weekend as sailors compete in the Carolina Yacht Club Open Regatta. The big fleet of the weekend and the fastest growing fleet in Charleston will be the Lightnings with an expected 15 boats. The yacht club will host a youth clinic today from 1:30-5 p.m. focusing on boat setup and racing techniques.

This weekend's event also is a points regatta for the SAYRA Junior Series for the Optis, Sunfish, Laser and Club 420.

Registration for the regatta is today from 5-6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m.

It looks like the rain will stay clear and breezes look to run about 10 knots out of the South.

Evening racing

The Charleston Sail Loft Summer Series continues every Wednesday evening through Aug. 24. Following the races, stop by the Charleston Yacht Club for awards and $5 burgers. Results and boats that are looking for a crew can be found online at www.charlestonoceanracing.org.

Can't make the Wednesday night races, bring your boat over to James Island Yacht Club for the Thursday night fun races. Fleets include Sunfish, Lightnings, Lasers, Windsurfers and more. There is more information at www.jiyc.org.

Jessica Koenig is executive director of Charleston Community Sailing. Contact her at jessica@charlestoncommunitysailing.org.