2015 Charleston Lightning Racing Schedule

  1. James Island YC Open – 6/20-21/2015
  2. Hobcaw YC Open – 7/10-11/2015
  3. Charleston YC Open – 7/17-18/2015
  4. Carolina YC Open – 7/24-25/2015
  5. Wild Oyster Regatta at CYC – 10/24-25/2015 with an informal clinic on 10/23/2015


Who Coming to the 2014 Wild Oyster Regatta?

Come join us for another great Wild Oyster Lightning Regatta.

  • In 2011, we had 37 boats.
  • In 2012, we had 39 boats.
  • In 2013, we had 65 boats.

Beautiful all year long, Charleston is especially nice in October. Come join the fun and excellent racing. Plus there's a Greg Fisher sailing clinic on Friday and a fabulous shrimp boil and oyster roast on Saturday.

You can sign up the Class's Who's Coming Board.

Wild Oyster 2014 Poster

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.


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.

Dates for 2013 Wild Oyster Regatta Announced

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.

Justin and Jose Push Charleston Fleet to 17 Boats

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

Charlestonians Greg and Jo Ann Fisher Win Miami Lightning Midwinter Championship

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.