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A Little History of the BYSC

The roots of sailing in the Beaufort area date to 1884 — the year the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club was organized, according to records found in the 100-year time capsule opened at the County Courthouse in 1984. More than two decades later, on Aug. 28, 1908 — the Beaufort Yacht Club was founded with a mission to sponsor sailboat racing and serve as a social club for local residents.

Sailing was a very popular sport and many races were held in the Beaufort River. During World War I, the sport declined and formal races were discontinued. However, informal races among the oyster boats continued. In addition, since sailing was a popular form of transportation between the islands, there were many impromptu races.

In 1929, the Beaufort Yacht Club purchased a 25-foot scow, the “Betty B,” and revived formal races. Five boats, representing Charleston, Rockville, James Island, Savannah and Beaufort, participated in the regatta that year. Since then, regattas have been held in the Beaufort River at least annually.

During the 1930s, the annual regatta was the biggest social event of the year. Running from Wednesday through Friday, the regattas included dances and banquets each night for participating sailors.

In the mid-1930s, the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association (SAYRA) was organized during a meeting in Beaufort and the Beaufort Yacht Club was one of the charter members. The late F.W. Scheper of Beaufort was SAYRA Commodore in 1939.

Mid-Century Saling

Interest in sailing waned in the 1950s, and the club was beset with financial difficulties. a parking lot. Interest in sailing waned in the 1950s, and the club was beset with financial difficulties. It even lost membership in SAYRA for failing to pay its annual dues.

At one point, the only active participants in competitive sailing races in Beaufort were five high school boys who owned Moths, small, fast home-built sailing boat designed to plane. 

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