Sailing

Dataw Island Cup sails in St. Helena Sound on Saturday

info@islandpacket.comOctober 19, 2013 

The Dataw Island Yacht Club will host the fourth-annual Dataw Island Cup sailing regatta on Saturday.

This is a race for mono hull, displacement sailboats with PHRF ratings that are 18 feet long and over. The race is expected to start at noon and run 22 miles from buoy Green 201 on the Coosaw River, down the Coosaw to Green 11 in St. Helena Sound and back up the Morgan River to the finish line at Dataw Island Marina.

Low tide is at 3:20 p.m. in St. Helena Sound, and regatta chairman Roy Crocker expects a favorable current for most of the race.

Thirty boats registered for the regatta a year ago, despite the threat of Hurricane Sandy. The regatta has grown each year since starting with 12 boats.

The fleet will be divided into two groups based on PHRF ratings with the higher rated boats in one group, and the lower rated boats in the other group. Keeper trophies will be awarded to each group. The overall winner of the Dataw Cup will be the boat with the fastest time from the two groups combined.

Dead On Arrival, skippered by Peter Gamble, was the overal winner in 2012.

FOURTH-ANNUAL DATAW ISLAND CUP

What: Sailing regatta open to displacement, single-hull sailboats currently rated in the US Sailing PHRF manual of at least 18 feet in length.

Where: Dataw Island Marina. Race course is expected to run 22 miles from buoy Green 201 on the Coosaw River, down the Coosaw to Green 11 in St. Helena Sound and back up the Morgan River to the finish line at Dataw Island Marina.

When: Warning for start of race is planned for noon Saturday, depending on conditions.

Details: A dock party will be held at Dataw Marina from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Dinner and awards at Gazebo on Dataw Island will start at 6 p.m. For information, contact regatta chairman Roy Crocker at lcrocker@me.com or 843-838-2453.

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