The biggest Beaufort team in years attended the Augusta Sailing Club Halloween Regatta on Oct.10 and 11.
Seven sailors (and their intrepid parents) loaded up their O’Pen Skiffs and Lasers and headed for Appling, Georgia, for what is always a must-do regatta in the Southeast.
Even a forecast of rain and 30-knot gusts couldn’t deter these young athletes from traveling for a weekend of sailing, camping, and catching up with friends from other clubs. And that goes for their parents as well!
What a weekend it was, full of memorable moments.
It rained, but only at night. Evenings were full of storytelling, s’mores around the fire pits, and moonlight swims in the lake.
We were greeted during the day with 5- to 8-knot breezes, which occasionally gusted to around 10. It was beautiful lake sailing.
The competition was tough, and our team persevered.
- On the O’Pen Skiff course, Lachlan Duer came out swinging and won all nine races!
- Bradley Fabian pushed Lachlan and a Charleston sailor hard for his podium finish.
- Saylor Waldorf had some excellent finishes in her first travel regatta and even had a fourth in a race!
- Brighton Turner sailed consistently well until he was forced out with a rudder failure at the end of the day Sunday.
Most importantly, they all mastered the Bridge of Doom. The O’Pen Skiffs were incredibly fun to watch!
On the Laser course, James Fabian had some intense racing against one of the toughest Laser Radial fleets in the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association (SAYRA) and came out with a 10th overall.
In the Laser 4.7 fleet, what is arguably the most competitive on the East Coast, Arabella Duer — the only female in the fleet — came into Sunday racing leading the fleet by 1 point over second, 2 points over third, and 5 points over fourth.
Any of the top six boats going into Sunday had a chance to get on the podium. Showing composure on the course, Arabella stayed consistent at the top with a 3,3,2 on the last day to win the Laser 4.7 fleet. On top of that, Dane Turner used the day to constantly sail faster and moved up in the standings to finish 7th overall.
A huge congratulations to all of our Beaufort team members. These young athletes are the future of sailing in Beaufort.
When you see them around the club, congratulate them and show your support for their goals. They are putting in a huge amount of effort, sailing at least four days a week locally on top of away regattas and clinics.
Our future looks very bright.
- 1st Arabella Duer
- 7th Dane Turner
- 10th James Fabian
- 1st Lachlan Duer
- 3rd Bradley Fabian
- 7th Saylor-Rae Waldorf
- 14th Brighton Turner