Large turnout expected for Carolina Yacht Club Open Regatta

The Carolina Yacht Club Open Regatta will be sailed Saturday and Sunday in Charleston Harbor. File/Wade Speeds/Staff

A large turnout is expected for the annual Carolina Yacht Club Open Regatta that will be sailed Saturday and Sunday in Charleston Harbor. Last year’s event drew 130 boats, and a similar fleet with approximately 200 sailors is anticipated for this year’s event, said Carolina Yacht Club waterfront director Alex Bolan.

This event is the fourth open regatta of the season and the last one that will be sailed in Charleston Harbor.

The event is open to all one-design boats with a minimum of four boats constituting a class. Last year’s Carolina Yacht Club Regatta featured 17 classes.

Registration will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday and from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday. First warning for sailors Saturday will be at 12:25 p.m., while Sunday’s first warning is scheduled for noon.

Two special awards will be presented on Sunday. The Henry Clay Robertson IV Trophy goes to the top sailor 16 or younger, and the Philip O’Neill Hanvey Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the sailor under 21 who best exhibits integrity, sportsmanship, competitiveness and love for sailing.