Dozens brave choppy seas for Low Country Hook Race

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The Skidaway Island Boating Club and the Yacht Club of Hilton Island Head held the second annual Low Country Hook summer ocean sailing race on July 29, with 24 boats racing from Calibogue Sound off the south end of Hilton Head Island to Landings Harbor Marina on Skidaway Island. Teams sailed approximately 30 miles through 5- to 6-foot swells and 15- to 25-mph winds, which held steady throughout the race until the last hour, when a storm surge hit the final group of boats.

The event drew the largest number of sailboats of all the "big boat" events from Charleston to Jacksonville, with Gebel Sesse placing first in the Spinnaker category aboad “High Visibility,” Jake and Jane Master claiming the Non-Spinnaker A group aboard “Masterpeace,” and Leo Peolquin winning the Non-Spinnaker B category aboard “Merlin.”