Strong winds forced the majority of the sailors participating in Charleston Race Week to keep their boats docked Saturday, with only a few in the 270-boat fleet venturing out into Charleston Harbor to practice for today’s competition.
“With forecasts of winds into the 30s (knots) by early afternoon, we made the tough decision to abandon racing this morning,” said race director Randy Draftz.
The decision by the race committee was a prudent one, said competitor Jonny Goldsberry.
“Most of the teams here don’t get to race in this much wind with these strong currents,” said Goldsberry, “and trying to get around the course on a day like today could really ruin the week for a lot of sailors.”
The forecast for the final day of competition today calls for much more manageable 5-10 knots of northerly wind.
Racing will resume with inshore competition moved up to a 10:30 a.m. start while those racing offshore will begin at 10 a.m.
For the second-straight year, the College of Charleston women’s tennis team claimed the Southern Conference regular season title with another undefeated 10-0 season behind a 7-0 rout of Western Carolina in Cullowhee, N.C.
After a two-hour weather delay, the Cougars (18-7) played solidly throughout the singles and doubles lineup against the short-handed Catamounts (2-14, 1-9).
The Cougars look to defend their 2010 SoCon tournament title at the league championships, which start Wednesday, in Chattanooga, Tenn.
As the No. 1 seed, they receive a first-round bye and face either the No. 8 or No. 9 seed in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Brenton Williams, a 5-11 point guard from Sante Fe Junior College, committed Saturday to play at South Carolina.
Williams played just one season at Sante Fe and will have three years of eligiblity at USC.
In 10 games last season, Williams averaged more than 11 points per game. As a high school senior in Kissimmee, Fla., Williams averaged more than 26 points per game.
High school sailing
The Academic Magnet sailing team finished eighth in the SAISA District event in Tampa, Fla.
Peter Hogan, Ian Duffy, John Seibels and Justin Jones competed for Academic Magnet in the event which draws sailors from South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and the Virgin Islands.
Also competing were teams from Bishop England, which finished ninth, Wando (10th) and Porter-Gaud (11th).
The College of Charleston softball team swept a Southern Conference doubleheader with league-leading Chattanooga at Patriots Point.
The Cougars (27-16, 7-9), which hosts the Mocs today at 1 p.m., marched to a 3-0 win over the Mocs (29-11, 11-2) in Saturday’s first game and carried the momentum to a 5-1 win in the second.
The Cougs’ Kelsey Hodgson homered in both games and had four RBIs.
Alexa Datko and Stephanie Saylors each pitched complete games and earned wins. Datko held the Mocs to five hits and truck out seven in the opener and Saylors limited Chattanooga to six hits and struck out four in the second game.
Seven of the Cougars’ eight runs on the day came with two outs.
The Charleston County Gamecock Club will meet Tuesday night prior to South Carolina’s baseball game against the College of Charleston at Patriots Point.
The meeting will be at Point Grill at the Omar Shrine Temple on Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant at 4:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be assistant football coach G.A. Mangus.
Admission for members and non-members is $10 and includes a buffet. The baseball game begins at 6 p.m.