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.
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.
After 5 hard fought regattas, Lenny Krawcheck and crew won a tie beaker to take the 2012 Charleston Lightning Championship. Coming in second is Peter Hogan and Nancy Hagood. In third is Mark Marenakos. See the complete results online.
Trophies will be awarded when the custom engraving is completed.
The 2013 Charleston LIghtning Championship will kick off at the Hobcaw Regatta.
By placing 4th on Saturday, Charleston Dynamic Duo Joe Menis and Ryan Hamm, with crew Kit Menis, stepped into 1st place in the 2012 Charleston Harbor Championship. The championship is based on the 5 major Lightning races in Charleston, with one throw out.
The hunt remains close with the top 6 boats separated by just 6 points.
See the complete standings online.
We’re expecting an excellent fleet of Lightnings at the Carolina YC Open on July 28-29. You can register online.
There should also be a strong fleet at the Charleston Yacht Open the weekend before.
Both events count towards the harbor series championship.
Joe Menis asked me to say something smart about him. So here goes:
Yesterday, Joe, along with his wife Kit and co-owner Ryan Hamm, looked very SMART and FAST, finishing the day tied for first with Team O’Reilly. Today, however, belonged to Lenny Krawcheck and crew. When we sailed a sixth race, a throw out came into play, making Lenny look every bit the master he is.
The overall results were:
- Krawcheck 12
- O’Reilly 15
- Menis 21
- Marenakos 24
- Fairchild 25
- Kennon 25
- Walling 27
- Scarborough 31
- Tyner 33
- Sloger 36
- Moore 38
And here’s a cell phone photo if you want the details:
JIYC Open Regatta 2012 – Final Results for Lightning Class
Fleet 429 is proud to announce the Charleston Lightning Circuit for 2012. The lowest combined score, after one throwout, in the following regattas wins:
- James Island Yacht Club Open
- Hobcaw Yacht Club Open
- Charleston Yacht Club Open
- Carolina Yacht Club Open
- The Charleston Wild Oyster Lightning Regatta at the Carolina Yacht Club
The trophy will be awarded at the end of the Wild Oyster.
The working name for the series is the Charleston Lightning Circuit. Fleet leaders are open to name suggestions.
We look forward to seeing everyone on the water in a Lightning in 2012.