Dataw Island Yacht Club sponsors sailing regatta

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The Dataw Island Yacht Club is sponsoring the fifth annual Dataw Island Cup sailing regatta on Saturday, October 25. This is a race for mono hull, displacement sailboats with PHRF ratings that are 18 feet long and over. The race, which is about 22 miles long, will start about noon in the Coosaw River just east of the Brickyards in the area of ICW Fl R “200” and G “201”. The race course takes the fleet down the Coosaw River to St. Helena Sound, the boats will round G “11” in St Helena Sound to starboard and then proceed up the Morgan River to finish at Dataw Marina. Low tide is at about 4 p.m. in St. Helena Sound which means that there will be a favorable current for most of the race. Over 20 have sailed in this event for the past several years. The fleet will be divided into two groups based on PHRF ratings, with the higher rated boats in one group, and the lower rated boats in the other group. Keeper trophies will be awarded to each group. The overall winner of the Dataw Cup will be the boat with the fastest time from the two groups combined.

There is a skipper’s meeting and BYO cocktail party at 6 p.m. at the Gazebo at Dataw Marina on Friday, October 24; and an awards dinner, also at the Gazebo at Dataw Marina, starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night after the race. Visiting boats can stay at Dataw Marina for no charge Saturday night after the race. There is a $30 entry fee per boat ($35 if paid after October 13)  to enter the regatta, and a $25 per person charge for the awards dinner. The Notice of Race and Registration Forms are available on Dataw Island Yacht Club website at www.datawyachtclub.com.

For more information, please contact Regatta Chairman Roy Crocker by e-mail at lcrocker@me.com or by phone at 843-838-2453.