Setting sail at the Lowcountry Regatta

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The 2014 Lowcountry Regatta was sailed on June 21-22 at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Lady’s Island. Ninety boat participated in 13 different classes of dinghies on three race courses. An estimated 200 visitors came to Beaufort from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, either as sailing crews or family support.  They all enjoyed the hospitality and facilities of the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club including the great Lowcountry Boil on Saturday night.  Winds were good at 6-12 knots and all three courses were able to have five to seven races. A plus for the weekend was that the storms stayed away until the event was over. Photos by Bob Sofaly

David Lewin hauls his Sunfish sailboat to the ramp prior to the start of the regatta last Saturday at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.
David Lewin hauls his Sunfish sailboat to the ramp prior to the start of the regatta last Saturday at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.

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Because of the lack of wind and an incoming tide, a power boat was used to tow these sailors to the starting point of their race in the Port Royal Sound on Saturday. By race time the wind had kicked up enough for the sailors to race. Photos by Bob Sofaly.
Because of the lack of wind and an incoming tide, a power boat was used to tow these sailors to the starting point of their race in the Port Royal Sound on Saturday. By race time the wind had kicked up enough for the sailors to race. Photos by Bob Sofaly.
Waiting for the race to start, these young sailors get ready to man their Laser sailboats.
Waiting for the race to start, these young sailors get ready to man their Laser sailboats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lightnings and Sunfish sailboats stay bunched up at the starting line of the Lowcountry Regatta last Saturday hosted by the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. Photo by Bob Sofaly.
Lightnings and Sunfish sailboats stay bunched up at the starting line of the Lowcountry Regatta last Saturday hosted by the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

 

 

 

Shelby Mixson and Chris Spears prepare their boat for the annual regatta on Saturday at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.
Shelby Mixson and Chris Spears prepare their boat for the annual regatta on Saturday at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.