Every Wednesday afternoon a group of hearty sailors meet up at the Windmill Harbor Marina. Shortly thereafter up to eight identical 20 foot pure sailing yachts enter the lock at the exit of the marina and a few minutes later are hoisting the sails in the lovely Calibogue Sound.
Few people realize that the protected waters in the Calibogue and Port Royal sounds — part of the Intercostal Waterway — are some of the East Coast’s best sailing grounds.
A group of sailors decided to take advantage of this unique opportunity and formed a fleet of identical sailing yachts that would be easy and safe to operate but exciting enough to conduct racing activities as well.
“The Harbor 20” Sailing Club is the largest active sailing organization in this area and is inviting novices and experts alike to join them.
Regardless if you like a relaxed sunset cruise, exciting one design racing or a Sunday afternoon on the water with the family, it is all just a phone call away.
“The advantage of an organized sailing association is that it makes sailing more accessible to many,” said former Olympic sailor Ned Nielsen.
“The ability to mix sport and social activities makes it a perfect combination for me,” said Gordon Miller, the fleet captain.
John Rumsey, a former America’s Cup sailor, said, “This organization has something to offer to upcoming young sailors as well as giving experienced sailors a hands-on opportunity to continue to hone their craft”.
WOW (Women on the Water) offers a series of sailing lessons for women and is just a part of the many ways you can participate. The South Carolina Yacht Club also organizes junior sailing programs on smaller crafts for kids and young adults, which is a perfect way to get into sailing.
In short, if you ever wondered how Mother Nature can propel a sailing vessel across the bay or if you always wanted to pursue the desire to put your hand on a wooden tiller of a sailing yacht, your owe it to yourself to come out and enjoy the camaraderie and excitement this sport has to offer!
Join the largest organized sailing group in the Lowcountry
Casual sailing - Racing - Instruction
Ned Nielsen • 843-290-5099
John Rumsey • 843-301-2150
Gordon Miller • 814-282-0785