Spring has arrived and with the warming waters, so has the official opening of sailing season. But sailing has actually been going on since the beginning of February. The PHRF fleet, consisting of those boats with a fixed keel, has been sailing nearly every Saturday. In the middle of March, BYSC hosted the Santa Elana Regatta, commemorating early European explorers of the Lowcountry. The Jean Rebaut Cup was sailed in Port Royal Sound on March 16th and the Pedro Menendez Cup was sailed on the Beaufort River the following day. Jim Thomas organized the event, splitting the fleet into PHRF (handicapped keelboats) and catboat fleets, thereby providing more even competition.

 

On March 29th, Commodore Will Achurch officially opened sailing season with the Flag Raising Ceremony. George Dewhirst gave an invocation for safety on the waters then hoisted the American flag accompanied by music of the Star Spangled Banner. John Barber orchestrated flag raising and  was assisted by seven of our youths who raised the flags of our club’s officers.

 

The last day of March the dinghy fleet took to the waters. With heavy winds (blowing up to 22 knots or about 25 mph), and despite frequent capsizings, the youth fleets of Optimist Prams and BICs completed in all three races along with the Sunfish and MC adult fleets. With new sailors competing in each  of the four fleets, it was exciting to see how well they handled their boats in the high winds. If you are interested in sailing, please talk with our sailors to see how to become involved in our sailing program.

-Gordon Sproul