Calibogue Cup sailing races set for this weekend

Calibogue Sound will be filled with colorful sails and spinnakers this weekend as the Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island hosts the 40th Calibogue Cup sailing race.

The races are open to keel boats, 20 feet in length or larger. Boats of different sizes and capabilities will be handicapped to ensure close competition.

The event is the oldest continuing sailing race held in the sound. Race organizers plan to establish a race course with a marker-buoy near the Harbour Town Yacht Basin so spectators can see more of the action. The course could change, depending on wind conditions.

Race chairman Bill Lawrenson expects entrants in all three classes of races -- Harbour 20, Spinnaker and non-Spinnaker -- and hopes to have up to 15 boats by race day, translating to up to 60 sailors.

Last year, Chris Gerards and his crew sailed Ellipsis to victory in the Spinnaker class to earn the Island Packet trophy, awarded to the overall race winner. Savannah's Leo Peloquin won the non-Spinnaker class in his boat Pelican. Ned Nelson won the Harbour 20 class in his boat Unwind.

What: The Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island's Calibogue Cup sailing race

Divisions: Harbour 20, Spinnaker and non-Spinnaker

When: 11 a.m., Saturday and Sunday

Where: Calibogue Sound, Hilton Head Island

Where to watch: Quarterdeck at Harbour Town Yacht Basin