Local Clubs

Carolina Yacht Club

50 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
O: 843-722-0209
F: 843-722-1817

Charleston Community Sailing (CCS)

3 Lockwood Dr.
Charleston City Marina, K Dock
P. O. Box 21811
Charleston, SC 29413
O: (843) 607-4890

Charleston Community Sailing Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve the community and the sport of sailing by providing access, facilities, and sailing instruction to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, skill levels, and physical abilities. Our purpose is to engage the lives of all, ages 5+ years old, in unique learning experiences through innovative programs, to build character and promote a healthy spirit, mind and body. We support nine highschool sailing teams, a Special Olympics sailing team and have partnerships with the Boys & Girls Club and Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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The following High Schools train at CCS:
Academic Magnet, Ashley Hall, Bishop England, Charleston Collegiate, First Baptist Church School, James Island High School, Porter Gaud, SC Special Olympics Sailing Team, School of the Arts & Wando High School

Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA)


The Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA) was formed in 1967 and races year round in Charleston’s historic harbor and offshore waters. The primary objective of this Association is to promote sailing and to encourage good fellowship among sailors, afloat and ashore. With this in mind we run over 30 races per year for boats generally 24 feet or larger. We host a national marquee event, Charleston Race Week, with over 200 boats from around the country. We also have 9 monthly meetings per year with a dinner presentation, and of course we have great after race parties. You get all this for a $35 associate membership.

Come to a CORA meeting. They are the third Thursday of every month, 6:30pm at the Charleston Yacht Club, except for June, July and August.

Charleston Sail & Power Squadron


Members and non-members may select courses from basic boat handling, to basic and advanced navigation, to advanced celestial navigation. In addition, members are offered courses in engine maintenance, weather, electronics and other electives. The squadron offers the America’s Boating Course to the public, on a regular basis, as a Civic Service.

Chartered in 1946, Charleston Sail and Power Squadron in one of about 450 squadrons of the United States Power Squadrons® and one of thirteen in District 26.

The squadron participates in the annual cleanup of the local marine environment including rivers and boat ramps. Members enjoy monthly boating outings as well as a monthly dinner meeting where a program of maritime interest is presented. A monthly newsletter,the Palmetto Log, highlights monthly events and relevant Squadron notices.

Charleston Yacht Club

17 Lockwood Drive
P.O. Box 20474
Charleston, SC 29413
O: 843-722-4968
F: 843-723-7495

Serving the community since 1934, Charleston Yacht Club today maintains its purpose with programs and events to promote interest in water sports from its location at the George M. Lockwood Municipal Marina. Membership is open to everyone.

College of Charleston Sailing

66 George St.
Charleston, SC 29424
O: 843-953-8252

We offer membership to our recreational sailing association Membership into the Sailing Association allows your restricted use of the College’s fleets of 10 J-22s, 8 Lasers 6 FJs or 18 420 Dinghies. Sailing privileges are accorded through sailing ability assessed by a competency test. Our staff at the Sailing Complex administers that test.

Yearly membership fees range from $225 for full time students at the College to $400 for the general community. There is a fee of five dollars per guest per sail for nonmembers sailing with members, and there is a $100.00 grounding fee. No other fees are charged members for daily sailing.

There are several special activities offered to the membership yearly. You will be advised of these events through periodic newsletters. We also have an online forum and Facebook fan page for you to communicate with other members about sailing opportunities, etc.

Cruising Club of Charleston

P.O.Box 22664
Charleston, SC 29413

The Cruising Club of Charleston invites you to join us! We are a group of boaters who enjoy the camaraderie and the challenge of cruising our vessels.Each month there is an overnight cruise to different locations around Charleston. As a group, we offer education, support, and, sometime, adventure to one another.

Our membership expanding! Originally, eligibility into the Cruising Club of Charleston was reserved for sailing vessels only. However in 2000, (as more of us grew older and moved to trawlers) we opened the eligibility to all boat owners of “cruising type” vessels, sail or power.

Hobcaw Yacht Club

180 Hobcaw Dr.
P.O. Box 21
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465
O: 843-884-6819

Hobcaw Yacht Club is located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Its waterfront lies on the eastern bank of the Wando River just upstream of the confluence of the Wando and Cooper Rivers feeding into the Charleston Harbor. The club’s charter is to provide its membership with the best possible fellowship, entertainment and enjoyment in a nautical, family-oriented atmosphere. Members enjoy sailing, swimming and just about all activities imaginable involving boating and the waterfront.

James Island Yacht Club

734 Wampler Drive
P.O. Box 12840
Charleston, SC 29422
O: 843-795-6060

Founded in 1898, the purpose of the Club shall be to promote sailing, seamanship and other recreational activities among the members and to associate with similar organizations in such promotion. With the most beautiful view of the Charleston Harbor and fantastic water access including a new dock that is in the construction phase we will have even better access to the best sailing on the East Coast. One design boats of all kinds use our club to sail off the beach or off one of our two ramps. We are the home of the 3 time Sunfish world Champion David Loring along with other sailing greats and are the only club to use the Sunfish in our sailing camp in addition to the boats used by most clubs.

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