Hobcaw regatta set to start Saturday

The 51st annual Hobcaw Yacht Club Regatta will be held this weekend in the Wando River.

Rob Timmerman

Weather could be a factor in the number of participants sailing in the 51st Hobcaw Yacht Club Regatta, the beginning of the summer regatta season in Charleston.

“We anticipate anywhere from 65 to 100 boats. If everybody thinks it’s going to be nasty all day, some of our out-of-towners won’t show,” said J.D. Rosser, a past commodore who will be one of the Principal Race Officers at this year’s regatta.

Registration will be held from 6-8 p.m. today at Hobcaw Yacht Club, located at 180 Hobcaw Drive in Mount Pleasant, and will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Rosser said the first of five races — three Saturday and two Sunday — is expected to begin around 1 p.m. There are three courses on the Wando River, a youth course at Hobcaw Yacht Club, a second further up the river and the third near the I-526 bridge.

One of the highlights will be the Holder 14 Class World Championship, a fleet Hobcaw has adopted. Rosser said he also expects a good turnout for the Sea Island One Designs. Other classes include Optimists, 420s, Lightnings, Lasers, Sunfish and Snipes. The club also presents the Michelle Poulnot Award to the top female sailor.

Hobcaw Yacht Club commodore Jim Posda said special events are being planned.

“We’re the first guys out of the gate, which is always fun for us,” Posda said. “We’re going to have some of the old-timers come back, which is cool, and we’re going to have some of the really neat boats. We’re expecting some fun times as always on the Wando River.”