We've moved the 2013 Wild Oyster Regatta to November 9-10, 2013, with an informal afternoon on the water clinic / practice hosted by Greg Fisher on November 8 starting around 2 p.m.
We changed the dates for the regatta to avoid conflicts with the Annapolis Frigid Digit, the Championship of Champions in Columbia and the Bluenose in Tennessee.
In 2014, the regatta will likely be on the 4th weekend in October. We'll announce the date for 2014 after consulting with the other fleets.
Thank you for your support. We've had 37 and 39 boats the past 2 years and are looking forward to another great regatta in 2013.
It's time to start gearing up for the 2013 Charleston Harbor Championship. The Championship will be based on the 5 key Lightning regattas in Charleston this year:
Hobcaw YC Open
James Island YC Open
Charleston YC Open
Carolina YC Open *
Wild Oyster at Carolina YC
The detailed sailing schedule for the year is list here. There will be one throwout in the Championship.
Trophies will be handed out to the top 3 boats at a fleet event after the Wild Oyster regatta. The 2012 winners are listed here.
If anyone is interested in sponsoring the trophies, please let Reggie know. The total cost is less than $150.
* This year, the Lightning Class Atlantic Coast Championship is on the same weekend as the Carolina YC Open. The ACCs will be held in Wrightsville, NC. Several Charleston boats are expected to travel to Carolina YC-NC.
The Racing Schedule on the CharlestonLightning.com is up to date for 2013.
I’ve decided the experiment with Classifieds on CharlestonLightning.com is more trouble than it’s worth. While we have had a few legitimate ads, the classifieds have also attracted allot of spam.
So I’ve removed the classifieds.
Continuing with tradition, the regatta will be on the 3rd weekend in October. That’s October 19-20, 2013 at the Carolina Yacht Club in Charleston, SC.
Charleston Lightning Fleet 429 had it's year-end awards ceremony today at Taco Boy over lunch. About a dozen people attended.
Fleet Championship trophies were awarded to:
Patrick Hogan and Nancy Hagood
The group also talked about things we could do to make 2013 even better. The main idea was that we travel as a block, whenever possible, to about 5 out of town regattas and announce our intentions so that others in the SELD also target those regattas. The top names that I heard were:
Deep South Regatta in Savannah (and the rest of the Southern Circuit)
Wilmington's June regatta
Wilmington's Atlantic Coast Championships
North American's in Connecticut
Augusta Halloween regatta
If you want to suggest other venues, everyone is open to suggestions.
Of course, the main in town regattas will be
Carolina — this event conflicts with the ACC's in Wilmington; so we should choose which to attend in 2013
It was great to see everyone. Greg Fisher mentioned that we might be able to have a cookout at the College of Charleston some time.
All photos by Sarah Ashton.
All photos by Beryl Foster.