The College of Charleston sailing team has a rich history of producing athletes who have gone on to compete at the sport’s highest levels. So it is no surprise that for the seventh consecutive time, the Cougars will be represented at the Olympics with at least three sailors — past and present — having already qualified for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Read more!
Congratulations to the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association Team of Ryan Hamm, Bradford Law, Chris Masters, Richard Moore, Robert Hertel, Chris Hamilton, Paul Whitesides and Matthew Moore on placing 2nd at the the 2013 U.S. Offshore Championship!
Ever wondered what sailing might be like? Want a chance to find out?
Then check out Sail Charleston a free, one-day exhibition of sailing for non-sailors. On Saturday, April 20 at the Charleston Maritime Center, you can learn all you need to know about sailing opportunities in Charleston.
From 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that day, you’ll be able to meet and talk with representatives from local yacht clubs, sailing associations and sailing-oriented businesses. You can also check out a variety of boats from single-person dinghies to world cruising yachts, and get a variety of giveaways such as hats and bags.
And, if you’d like to get out on the water that day, for a nominal fee of $10/person you can take a short tour of the harbor and check out the exciting racing action of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week – the largest regatta of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Right here in Charleston Harbor, 300 sailboats with competitors from all across the U.S. and from 15 countries around the world will be competing.
A few of the organizations and businesses that will be on hand at Sail Charleston include:
Charleston Community Sailing (junior and adult sailing programs)
College of Charleston Sailing Association (adult sailing programs and rentals)
Sayre Sailing (retailer of small sailboats and performance sailing gear)
St. Barths Yachts (sailboat dealer)
Charleston Yacht Club (one of the area’s five yacht clubs)
Sail Charleston is an adjunct event of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week and is organized by volunteers from Charleston Ocean Racing Association. The association’s goal is to promote the fun and camaraderie of sailing and make it available to anyone who might be interested. So come on out to the Charleston Maritime Center on Saturday, April 20 and find out what sailing is all about.
WHAT: Sail Charleston – a one day exhibition of sailing opportunities in Charleston.
WHERE: The Charleston Maritime Center (10 Wharfside St., right near the South Carolina Aquarium)
WHEN: Saturday, April 20 (from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
WHY: Because sailing is one of the most fun sports you can do in Charleston.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.sailcharleston.org
The Post and Courier, Sunday, August 19, 2011
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The Post & Courier, Monday, July 18, 2011
Local sailor Cameron Gise, 12 yrs. old, has joined the US Optimist National Team (USNT) for 2011/12. Cameron began sailing an opti at age 6 out of Hobcaw Yacht Club. As Charleston Harbor can be a bit threatening and challenging for a young novice, he spent his first couple of sailing years testing the conditions and his skills under the watchful eye and guidance of his parents. It wasn’t until he was 9 years old when he had finally gained the confidence to begin competing but then a whole new beast was born. Cameron quickly joined a passion and joy for racing, competing in nearly every regional event of the sailing season. With less than two years of performing well at regattas regionally, Cameron gained a desire to compete at a national level and more intense training and coaching was needed to be competitive. He traveled to events from the Chesapeake to the Gulf coast and throughout Fla. and at age 11 qualified to compete for a place on the US National Opti Team in Houston, TX where he failed to qualify for the National Team. Cameron then spent an average of 2 weekends each of the 12 months (sun or snow) either competing or training under the guidance of a coach and with a new founded team (Optimist Prime Team) of youth sailors.
At age 12 Cameron again qualified to compete for a spot on the US National Team which was held in San Francisco in May 2011 and also earned a spot on the US International Team as 1 of 20 kids under 16 years old to represent the US at an event in Italy this past April. After returning from Italy he went to San Francisco, sailed in very challenging conditions (well prepared from sailing in Charleston and Italy) against the best 175 opti sailors in the nation and finished 44th–earning a spot on the US National Team (top 60 chosen) as well as another opportunity to represent the US internationally in Singapore. Congrats Cameron!
The Post & Courier, Friday, June 3, 2011
Stephen Colbert is going to sea. That’s right, the admiral of the airwaves and leader of Colbert Nation is gearing up for adventure. Renowned as the host and executive producer of “The Colbert Report” (the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning television series on Comedy Central), Colbert announced that he plans to join friends and fellow sailors in Charleston, South Carolina, later this spring when they set sail in the biennial OnDeck Charleston Bermuda Race on May 21, 2011