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.
The Carolina Yacht Club and Charleston Light Fleet 429 are proud to announced the dates for the 3rd annual Charleston Wild Oyster Lightning Regatta: October 19-20, with an optional clinic on the 18th.
We hope to hold the Wild Oyster Regatta on the 3rd weekend in October for many years to come.
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.
The Charleston fleet continues to grow at a rapid rate. Justin Walling and Jose Biascoechea bought hull 14684, which I’ve nicknamed “Exotic Pet”, from Chris Hamilton. They hail from James Island Yacht Club. Please join me in welcoming them to our great class.
Chris is scheduled to debut his new Allen at the District Championships this weekend.
For a complete list of the Charleston Lightning Fleet, see http://charlestonlightning.com/charleston-boats/
So far 21 boats are slated to race at the Districts this weekend. For a list of the boats racing, see http://www.lightningclass.org/racing/calendar/eventWhoscoming.asp?ID=506&event=Southeast%20District%20Championship
After warming up with a 5th place finish at the Deep South Regatta in Savannah, GA, Greg Fisher with Jo Ann Fisher and Jeff Eiber crewing finished 1st in the Miami Midwinter Championship. The Fishers proved that consistency pays, with 6 finishes no better than 3rd and no worse than 9th.
For complete results, visit the Lightning Class website.
Next up are the Winter Championships at the famous St. Petersburg Yacht Club. The Fishers, the Hamiltons and Will Tyner, who also raced in Miami, are expected to be joined by Mark Marenakos and Lenny Krawcheck when racing starts on Friday.
Following on the heals of the hugely successful 2011 Charleston Wild Oyster Lightning Regatta, plans are already under way for the second annual regatta in October 2012. Please mark your calendars for 20-21 of October 2012. We’re expecting to have a sailing clinic on the Friday afternoon, October 19, before the regatta.
We’ve added bottoms to the Racing Schedule tab to make it easy to add the entire racing schedule to your calendar with the click of a button or two.
See the schedule now under the Racing Schedule tab.
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.