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Lowcountry Catboat Gathering


Dates May 6 -7, 2017

Organizing The Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club Authority


Rules The Gathering will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing.

Eligibility The Gathering is open to all Catboats with a cat rig.

Entry Eligible boats may enter by completing the Entry Form and paying the required fee to Organizaing Authority no later than the day of the first race, May 6, 2017. Racing and meal fees are payable to the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club (BYSC).

Frees and Boat Entry Fee $25.00 Meals An informal cookout consisting of either chicken or burgers is planned Saturday evening at the BYSC. The cost is $10.00 per person, payable at registration.

Schedule Friday, May 5, 2017 6:00 to 7:00 – Registration 6:00 – BYSC “Sunset Friday Party”. Dinner in town on your own.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 9:00 to 10:00 – Registration 10:00 – Skippers Meeting 11:00 – First Gun for Long Distance Race to Government mark off Parris Island (low water 12:18) 2:30/3:00 – Second gun for race off Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club 6:00 – Supper Cookout

Sunday, May 7, 2017 11:00 – First Gun for Long Distance Race to Government mark off Parris Island (low water 01:04) 2:30/3:00 – Second gun for race off Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club Trophy Awards as soon as possible after race. Tides in Beaufort for boat retrieval Sunday low at 1:18, high at 8:02

SI Available at Registration

Courses A total of four races are planned starting and finishing in the Beaufort River in front of BYSC. Two around the buoys in front of BYSC and two long distance races around a government mark off Parris Island. One race constitutes a Gathering. There will be one start for all boats unless there are sufficient entrants for class racing. All classes to start at one time.

Scoring PHRF ratings as agreed by competitors. Three trophies will be awarded to the low point winners.

VHF Radio VHF radios are required. Channel 72 will be used. Except in an emergency, a boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. No other communication devices are allowed.

Disclaimer Competitors participate in the Gathering entirely at their own risk. See of Liability RRS Rule 4, Decision To Race. The Organization Authority will not accept any liability for material damage, personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with, prior to, during, or after the Gathering.

Lodging Most hotel chains are represented in the Beaufort area. Beaufort Catboat sailors will attempt to offer lodging.

Docking/ Docking and trailer storage at BYSC will be at no cost to Gathering Trailer participants. Storage Driving From the North: take Rt. US 21 south, follow Bus. 21 through downtown To BYSC Beaufort and over the Woods swing bridge. Take the second right, Meridian Rd. Turn right onto Yacht Club Drive. From the South: from SC 170 turn east(right) on SC 128 after the Broad River Bridge. At the stop light turn right to Route 21 through Poet Royal. At the light with Advance Auto Parts turn right over the McTeer Bridge. Take the next left at Meridian Rd then left to Yacht Club Drive.

Contacts Gathering Chairman: Marvin Day 843-929-9978 or or Race Committee Chairman: Wayne Bretsch 301-332-6773 or


First Annual Lowcountry Gathering

May 6 – 7, 2017

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Release, Waiver and Covenant Not To Sue The undersigned acknowledges that in consideration of the efforts of the Organization, authority for being allowed to participate in this Gathering and the acceptance of this application to race, does hereby waive and release any and all claims the undersigned may have against the host, its officers, directors ,or trustees and its committee members, measurers, judges, agents, and representatives arising out of the activities required for the races on the water, and does further covenant and agree not to sue or bring any claim or claims of any nature whatsoever against the host Organizing Authority or any of the persons and offices named or unnamed above who may be acting on the hosts or its/their behalf.


SIGNED ___________________________________________________              DATE______________________________________________________________________

Current Forecast

Mostly Cloudy
Monday 01/22 20%
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Mostly cloudy. High 67F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday 01/23 50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Partly cloudy skies late. High 66F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

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