Racing at BYSC
Club Series Regattas
Weeks with Racing
Active and Fun
Santa Elena Regatta
The Santa Elena Regatta, a major big boat sailing event in Beaufort, consists of two days of competitive racing and social events. A combination of the Jean Ribault Cup and the Pedro Menendez Cup, it celebrates the founding of Santa Elena on Parris Island in the spring of 1566. Both events have racing and cruising classes. Boats can participate in either day of racing but must participate in both to be eligible for the Santa Elena Regatta overall award. Class: PHRF
Classic Boat Rally
The Annual Classic Boat Rally attracts not only sailors but photographers and spectators who want to witness these sailing vessels. A multi-leg regatta on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) for non-planing (displacement) sailboats having an overall length of at least 16 feet, the Classic Boat Rally combines the adventure of long-distance sailing with pursuit-format racing daily along the journey and sharing social interaction onshore.
Water Festival Regatta
The Annual Beaufort Water Festival Regatta has multiple courses to accommodate the various dinghy and PHRF fleets as well as a Portsmouth class for non-one design boats. Juniors and adults from all over the region flock to this friendly, competitive regatta and related activities. Classes: PHRF fleet including catboats; multiple dinghy classes: VX1, Laser, MC Scow, Sunfish, JY-15, 420’s, Open Bic’s, Optimist, and Portsmouth.
Around Paris Island Race
Do you have what it takes to distance race a Sunfish? This annual regatta travels approximately 20 miles around Paris Island. Participants have a grand time – and bragging rights with plenty of stories.
Pluff Mud Championship
The Pluff Mud Championship was created in 2017 to keep the magic of summer going even after school is back in session. It has grown from 28 competitors the 1st year to 64 competitors last year to a record 74 competitors in 2020! In the past two years, the event has been the largest juniors event in the entire SAYRA district. The event features high-end racing, field games, food, socials, and entertainment.
Classes: 420, Opti, O’Pen Bic, Laser (Full, Radial, 4.7), Sunfish
The Lowcountry Regatta is our largest regatta of the year and has achieved regional notoriety for its excellent racing, entertainment, socials, and welcoming southern hospitality. Multiple racecourses accommodate different classes, including dinghies and PHRF boats, and adults and juniors. Participants frequently camp on the BYSC grounds. Classes: VX1, Laser (all rigs), MC Scow, Sunfish, JY-15, 420’s, Open Bic’s, Optimist (Green, RWB), SIOD, Lightning, Snipe, Y Flyer
High School Regattas
BYSC hosts the Beaufort High School and Beaufort Academy sailing teams and hosts two annual regattas, each welcoming 18 high school teams from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. BYSC hosts a Points Regatta in the spring and an Open Regatta in the fall. Results from points regattas are used to qualify for the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association district championship.
The Catboat Gathering is open to all Catboats with a cat rig. This gathering capitalizes on the momentum of the Classic Boat Rally and gives the Catboats an opportunity to continue the experience through 2 more days of local racing and a smaller scale gathering.
The Dataw Cup is an annual regatta where PHRF boats go the distance, usually about 20 miles or so. The racing is sometimes based out of BYSC with the social activities taking place at the Dataw Island Club.
Wednesday Night Sailing
All BYSC and BCSB sailors who want to have fun racing one night can join our Wednesday night open sailing session. Don’t want to get on the water? Volunteer to help with coaching and running races.