Two Charleston teams are participating in the U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship/Ida Lewis Trophy in Hingham, Mass., that starts today and ends Wednesday.
One team is comprised of local standout Nancy Hagood, a recent Ashley Hall graduate headed to Georgetown University, and Sara Mac Swanson, who is a rising junior at Ashley Hall. The other team is skippered by local sailor Emma Wittemore with a crew from Falmouth, Maine. Wittemore is a rising junior at Porter-Gaud. Her team is representing Charleston Community Sailing and Edgartown (Mass.) Yacht Club.
The event will be sailed in 420s and the class will be comprised of 40 teams from all over the country. Two of the six coaches for the event are also Charleston-based: James Island native Alana O'Reilly, who is now an assistant sailing coach at Georgetown; and Alice Manard, the director of sailing at the College of Charleston.
Last weekend, it was announced that O'Reilly is the first inductee into the sailing hall of fame at James Island Yacht Club, where she first learned to sail. Other collegiate coaches at the event include the head sailing coaches from Stanford and Vermont and the strength and conditioning coach from the U.S. Naval Academy.
Special Olympians compete
James Island Yacht Club recently hosted a Special Olympics regatta comprised of 11 South Carolina teams and nine Georgia teams.
In Special Olympics, each athlete sails with a "unified partner," or non-Special Olympian.
Meta Frasch, who has been a driving force behind these events for years, said, "Sailing occurred Friday and Saturday in perfect conditions, but Sunday was blowing 20-25 knots so we did not go out on the water."
Athletes sailed in Hobie 16s and 420s.
Special Olympians who competed were: Hobie 1611 Class: Chris Pilcher, Danielle Coholichm, Dylan Starr, Michele Huff, Shannon Waldrop, Joshua Sloman: Hobie 1612 Class: Sam Hazeltine, Bill Bondurant, James Thigpen, Whitney Parker, Tyler Hughley, Buddy Croft, Eddie Griffin. 42011 Class: Kylle MacFarland, Nikki Canift, Sara Chavis, Eddie Gregory. 42012 Class: Porter Ohl, Tim McBride, Darryl Malone.
Charleston Ocean Racing Association Summer Series I, Race 4, sailed June 23, Charleston Harbor. Average winds: 10. (Winning boat name, type, owner) A Fleet: EmOcean, J/120, Bill/Will Hanckel; B Fleet: Slingblade, J/24, Bill Milner; C Fleet: Kindred Spirit, Newport 41, David McSweeney; D Fleet: Knot Twins, Pearson 30, David Smith; N Fleet: Wrinkles, Olson 30, Frickie Martschink.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY: Lowcountry Regatta, Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club
WEDNESDAY: CORA Summer Series I, Race 5, Charleston Harbor, 6:15 p.m.
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