With great reluctance, we are cancelling this years Classic Boat Rally due to circumstances dictated by the Coronavirus.
With thanks, I will mail back to registration checks to those who have registered.
For those who have made reservations at motels, please cancel while you are thinking about it.
The 2021 edition of the Classic Boat Rally is scheduled for April 21-23, 2021, two weeks after the announced dates for Charleston Race Week as has been our practice in recent years.
The hosting yacht clubs have temporarily ceased all group functions, with re-opening dates uncertain. We considered re-routing to Edisto Island and Bohicket Marina, but Edisto Island is closed to all visitors from 7 PM to 7 AM. A growing number of States, counties, and municipalities are on complete shut-down.
If there is interest, we might organize an overnight cruise for a few of us to a destination from which our “shore crews” can pick us up so we don’t have to sleep on our boats. Some of us are happy to spend the night at anchor. Motorboat cruisers will be invited. No restrictions on boat size or design. Under consideration is a counter-clockwise circumnavigation around St. Helena Island (Beaufort River, Station Creek Story River, to Harbor Island Bridge) with overnight tie-ups or anchorage at Gays Seafood Company near the Harbor Island bridge, completing the journey the following day through the bridge to Morgan, Coosaw, and Beaufort rivers. About 25 nm each day. Other routes will be considered (Bluffton?). This will be an entirely informal and unsponsored adventure dependent on weather and determined by the volunteer participants. Let me know if you are potentially interested.
Saturday’s Lowcountry Catboat Gathering is still on as it is less complicated logistically.
- Cancel your motel reservations if you have made them.
- Pencil in April 21-23, 2021 for next year’s Classic Boat Rally.
- Stay safe, protect yourselves, your family, your friends and your neighbors by common sense while this thing is active.
- And, let me know of potential interest in an overnight cruise probably May 7-8.
Thank you for your understanding.
Chairman, Classic Boat Rally