This just in: College of Charleston has hired Greg Fisher of Annapolis, Md., as its new director of sailing. Details to follow in this column next week. Fisher was with North Sails for 20 years and has an impressive winning history in one design racing.
--It's time to banish Fred Jones from this sailing column. He has gotten far more publicity than he deserves, people are beginning to talk, and after being questioned about putting Fred's name in this column several times, I've made the decision to "off" the guy. Why, you may ask? Because local sailor Fred Jones -- at least the one whose name has been showing up as owner of the Olson 30 "Wrinkles" in the results section of this column -- does not exist. He's the creation of my cut-and-paste clumsiness with aid and abetment from evil proofreading gremlins. His name has shown up as the owner of the boat on which I crewed for my first CORA Summer Series race years ago, and on which I crewed for two great years and got hooked.
"Wrinkles" is one of the most successfully campaigned local sailboats ever. Its owners/sailing brain trust are Fred "Frickie" Martschink, Bill McKenzie, Lewis Hay, Ted King and Harry Jones. George Scarborough is also a regular crew member. They have been owning/sailing "Wrinkles" together for well over a decade now after buying it as partners in middle age, thus the name.
"Wrinkles" is a perennial national leader in fundraising for the Leukemia Cup Regatta, and its non-wrinkled young crew members/alumni comprised of Mac McKenzie, John Parker, Sara Martschink and Logan Bonner have numerous Hanvey and Robertson Memorial Trophies between them. They sail, they win, they teach others how to enjoy racing. They have produced a great sailing legacy -- even without the help of Fred Jones.
--Youth sailors ages 8-17, don't miss the End of Summer Dance put on by Charleston Community Sailing at Charleston Yacht Club tonight.
Celebrate a great summer of competing and learning by socializing with fellow sailors, and your parents can have their own party upstairs. The dance runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m.; cost is $10.
--If you are a young sailor, you don't want to miss this weekend's 6th annual Mount Pleasant Junior Regatta at Hobcaw Yacht Club.
Registration is on site from 9-11 a.m., and the cost is $25. For more info, contact Tina Carter at 849-2061.
CORA Summer Series II, Race 5, sailed Aug. 11, Charleston Harbor. (Winning boat name, type, owner) A Fleet: Dauntless, Beneteau 47.7, Don Terwilliger; B Fleet: Pigs Fly Too, J/24, Ryan Hamm; C Fleet: Celadon, Moorings 510, Steve Lesniak; D Fleet: Knot Twins, Pearson 30, David Smith; N Fleet: Wrinkles, Olson 30, Frickie Martschink.
Tonight: Community Sailing Youth Dance, Chas. YC, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday: Mount Pleasant Youth Regatta, Hobcaw YC, registration 9-11 a.m.
Reach Will Haynie at firstname.lastname@example.org.