Charleston Lightning T-Shirts

These stylish Charleston Lightning shirts come in 3 variations:

You can order them online from Zazzle.  You can change the shirt style or color to fit your likely. 

The design looks like this:
Lightning Charleston T-Shirt 2014-white-bg-01

Zazzle runs sales regularly. Save some money by using the promo code of the moment.

Charleston Harbor Fleet Championship Standings – Updated Following CYC Open

With 4 of the 5 major Charleston Lightning regattas completed, the top 5 boats are:

  1. Eric Oetgen
  2. Nancy Hagood / Patrick Hogan
  3. Lenny Krawcheck
  4. Ben Spector
  5. Ryan Hamm / Joe Menis

For complete results, see this Google Docs spreadsheet.

2013 Wild Oyster Regatta Notice of Race

The 2013 Wild Oyster Regatta will be held on November 9-10 at the Carolina Yacht Club.  We are looking forward to seeing a whole bunch of Lightnings in Charleston again this year.

Click the link below download the NOR:

2013 Wild Oyster Regatta Notice of Race

You can see a list of the boats that have already committed on the class's Who's Coming list.

In addition to being a great event on it's own, the regatta is part of the Southeastern Lightning District circuit and the final event in the Charleston Harbor Lightning Championship.


Charleston Lightning Fleet Member Wins Club 420 National Championship

Carter Cameron, son of John Cameron, won the Club 420 National Championship this past weekend in Wisconsin. Carter's crew was Ian Dilling, of Mount Pleasant. They posted finishes of 1-11-8-7 to win by five points over the second place boat from the host club, Lake Geneva Yacht Club. Sixty crews from across the US competed. Carter, 16, is a rising Junior at Wando High School, and is the "A" skipper on the sailing team. He's employed by the College of Charleston Sailing Center as a dock hand. Carter has both crewed and skipped in local Lightning events.

The full article can be found on the Post and Courier website.

NEW DATES for 2013 Wild Oyster Regatta

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.

Trophies and Friendship

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:

  1. Lenny Krawcheck
  2. Patrick Hogan and Nancy Hagood
  3. Mark Marenakos

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:

  1. Deep South Regatta in Savannah (and the rest of the Southern Circuit)
  2. Wilmington's June regatta
  3. Wilmington's Atlantic Coast Championships
  4. North American's in Connecticut
  5. Augusta Halloween regatta

If you want to suggest other venues, everyone is open to suggestions.

Of course, the main in town regattas will be

  1. Hobcaw
  2. James Island
  3. Charleston
  4. Carolina — this event conflicts with the ACC's in Wilmington; so we should choose which to attend in 2013
  5. Wild Oyster

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.