The Wild Oyster Sailing Instructions – 2013 are now available online. Hardcopies will be available at Registration.
Tides for Charleston (Customhouse Wharf) starting with November 8, 2013.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible F 8 Low 5:06 AM 0.1 6:44 AM Rise 11:38 AM 23 8 High 11:37 AM 6.4 5:23 PM Set 10:41 PM 8 Low 5:57 PM 0.2 8 High 11:55 PM 5.5 Sa 9 Low 6:08 AM 0.3 6:45 AM Rise 12:24 PM 34 9 High 12:40 PM 6.2 5:22 PM Set 11:46 PM 9 Low 6:56 PM 0.3 Su 10 High 1:01 AM 5.5 6:46 AM Rise 1:05 PM 45 10 Low 7:14 AM 0.5 5:22 PM 10 High 1:42 PM 6.0 10 Low 7:56 PM 0.3
It's a great idea to take advantage of early bird discount by sending in your registration early. The NOR says, "$5 Discount, if you fax yourregistration form toCYCpriorto Thursday, November 8". See the NOR for full details.
Please join us for a Greg Fisher Lightning clinic on the water on Friday afternoon.
The Carolina YC will be offer a free continental breakfast and lunches for $7/person/day. If they're anything like in the past, the make you're own sandwich fixins are excellent.
We were able to help several crews with housing at several local sailors homes, but the demand has outstripped the demand at this point. We would still love to have you at the Wild Oyster Regatta. In addition to the hotels listed in the NOR, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has links to lots of other travel accomodations. They list campgrounds, if you're on a limited budget.
They also have great suggestions for things to do and see.
Last year some boats had difference main and spinnaker numbers, this made scoring more difficult. As per US Sailing and Lightning Class rules, please make sure you have the same number on all your sails.
According to the Who's Coming list on the Lightning Class website, 57 boats are expected to attend the Wild Oyster Regatta this weekend. Parking at the Carolina Yacht Club will be tight. It would help greatly if you could carpool with your crew.
The weather is looking great for this upcoming weekend. Of course, like any forecast it's subject to change.
According to NOAA, Charleston harbor water temperature is 67 degrees. Higher breezes are expected on Friday, especially in the morning, than on Saturday and Sunday.
See the 10-day forecast on Weather.com.
Last year the race committee had some problems scoring because some boats had different numbers on their mains and spinnakers. Please make sure that you have the same number on your main and spinnaker as required by the class and US Sailing rules.
On another note, the race committee is planning on upwind finishes this year to further reduce scoring problems and eliminate the "kick" finish.