Where have the racers been? While most events were cancelled, some did still happen and some of the BYSC team attended those regattas.

Now we’ve taken what we’ve learned, mixed in a healthy dose of common sense and expert advice, and quietly planned the 2020 Pluff Mud Invitational!

The Pluff Mud Championship was the brainchild of the Duer family in 2018 to get BYSC back on the SAYRA Jr. Grand Prix circuit. So far, every year has had an interesting wrench, from changing the date in 2018 because of Hurricane Florence, a tropical storm watch in 2019 and Covid-19 in 2020.

But the event prevails and is quickly becoming a must-do event for SAYRA juniors. In fact, in 2019, the Pluff Mud Championship was the largest junior event in SAYRA with almost 70 competitors.

This year, out of an abundance of caution, we have turned the event into an Invitational only, with specific local clubs invited for two days of Optimist and Laser racing. Our typical onshore activities are all cancelled, except for the addition of a food truck by Murican Border on Saturday night. Competitor teams will rig in their own bubble and launch orderly that way.

As with years past, we request that the launch ramp not be used while the juniors are launching around midday Saturday and Sunday. You can also expect the docks will be full both days with race committee, spectator and coach boats.

Please remember if you do use the dock to keep your motor down. Expect that your boat may be moved and/or boats rafted off of it as we are expecting many boats in support of this regatta.

What hasn’t changed is the forecasted two days of excellent racing in the Beaufort River, right near the club. So come on out and watch some of the best sailors in the region battle it out again this year at the Pluff Mud Invitational.

And don’t forget, you don’t have to be a part of the racing or regatta to support the Murican Border food truck from 5 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, Sept. 12.

See you at the club!

Chris Duer, Regatta Chair