Dataw Island Cup sailing regatta will be held today

Hurricane Sandy altered plans at the Dataw Island Cup, but the storm isn’t expected to postpone racing past today.

The sailing regatta was moved from Saturday to today, with more than 20 boats expected to race. The 22-mile course begins at the near Green 201 on the Coosaw River, follows course to Green 11 in St. Helena Sound and moves up the Morgan River to finish at Dataw Island Marina.

With low tide just after 2 p.m., race organizers expect a favorable tide throughout the race. Awards will be handed out on the deck in front of Sweetgrass restaurant following racing.

Today’s forecast is for temperatures in the upper 60s and winds at 18 mph.

Racing will be divided into two classes, based on PHRF ratings. The lowest corrected time from both classes will win the Cup, earning a trophy and having their name engraved on the Dataw Island Cup on permanent display in Dataw’s community center.

DATAW ISLAND CUP

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

Where: Dataw Island Marina

When: Noon, today

Details: Spinnakers will be allowed. A photography contest is open to everyone. Pictures taken while racing can be entered. Visiting boats can dock at Dataw Island Marina.

Information: Contact race chairman Ray Crocker at lcrocker@islc.net.


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