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Skidaway Island sailors sweep Low Country Hook top spots

Mostly blue skies greeted the 18 racers who began Saturday’s Low Country Hook offshore race.
Mostly blue skies greeted the 18 racers who began Saturday’s Low Country Hook offshore race. Submitted

Skidaway Island Boating Club members Todd Williams and Amar Patel earned a measure of note as the inaugural winners of the Low Country Hook offshore sailing race, though neither recorded the fastest time of the day.

Williams, skippering the Grand Cru, captured the non-spinnaker division Saturday after completing the course from Calibogue Sound to Skidaway Island in 5 hours, 1 minute, 34 seconds. Patel was less than 2 minutes behind, winning the spinnaker division in Rogue.

Paul Reddick, also representing the SIBC, actually was the first to cross the finish line as he sailed Blue-J into Landings Harbor in 4:38:09. But his 33-foot vessel — a spinnaker class entrant — wound up dropping behind Patel’s when sailing’s PHRF handicapping system to allow for different boat types was applied.

Reddick wound up with runner-up honors, with Mark Lamas taking third in Dimarian.

There was no such reversal among the non-spinnaker entrants, as Williams actually opened a larger margin over runner-up Paul Bigoney in Lightning Rod. Gene Boyd of the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club was third in HH Hannah.

A total of 18 boats launched the race, which was the first offshore race in the Lowcountry in more than a decade. Thirteen completed the course, with two others exceeding the allotted time and three suffering various breakdowns.

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