Hobcaw: Place for family sailing since 1953

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Students in summer camp learn to sail Opti's.


The Hobcaw Yacht Club is encouraging young sailors to sign up for sailing lessons. Years of tradition have marked this youth summer camp that has grown by leaps and bounds.

Members of the Hobcaw Yacht Club set sail again this summer, but in a big way.

The club is 51 years old this year and Hobcaw Yacht Club’s roots lie with the Hobcaw Point subdivision in Mount Pleasant.

Richard Morrison McGillivary Sr., the developer of the neighborhood, decided to construct a building that could potentially serve as a yacht club. Since then the residents of Hobcaw have been celebrating their waterfront and recreational maritime activities with grandeur.

The Hobcaw Yacht Club, governed by South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association (SAYRA), is one of the most successful yacht clubs in the organization.

SAYRA is the governing body of the clubs and their regattas, and Charleston boasts more than 100 regattas for all ages and skill levels each year.

The sailing program at HYC, as well as any youth sailing program, is important because it offers the ability to learn something that can be enjoyed for a lifetime, especially when we live in an area of the world that offers the best resources imaginable in regard to sailing.

The program introduces the basics of sailing at a young age (8 to 15), learning the parts of a boat, knot-tying, responsibility of maintaining a boat and seamanship.

Within a very short period of time, the young sailors learn to handle a sailboat by themselves, learning to navigate obstacles using the wind and the current.

Just like anything else that involves teaching children something new, they learn to respect and assist each other, but they also gain a greater respect of how the wind, current and weather impact you as a sailor.

The program lasts the entire summer and is offered to anyone (not only members).

Information can be found at www.hobcawyachtclub.org/activities.

Sailors should arrive promptly and bring a Coast Guard approved Type III/vest style life jacket with a whistle attached, sunscreen, a water bottle, towel and closed-toe water shoes with arch straps and heel straps or an old pair of sneakers – (no crocs, flip-flops or open-toe tevas). Sunglasses and hat optional. Open to all levels ages 8-18.

Beginner Opti class

The 2013 beginner class is for students who have little or no experience on the water. Course includes basics of rigging a boat, sailing fundamentals, basic boat handling, seamanship (knots, weather, etc.), water safety and sportsmanship. Students may participate in Junior Regattas in Opti and 420 fleets.

Must be 8 years old or older. Generally, children 8 through 12 are in opti’s and older students are in 420’s.

Exceptions may be considered based on size, age and skill at the instructor’s discretion. Children must be 8 years old by Aug. 31 to participate.

Intermediate opti class

This program is designed for sailors who have completed the beginner level course and might be considering racing. The course will revisit basics taught in the beginner class. Students will sail longer and more challenging courses all while building confidence in their skills and knowledge for a lifetime of fun on the water.

Advanced class

Designed for students who have more than two summers of experience or demonstrated an ability to handle the boat independently, this class emphasizes developing boat handling skills and confidence under a variety of wind conditions. Students will develop racing concepts including starts, upwind sailing, reaching and downwinds as well as boat trim for speed, basic “rules of the road,” strategy, tactics and more.

420 class

The 420 class is the most advanced program for junior sailors. Sailors are taught the fundamentals of racing, including but not limited to: boat speed, boat handling, strategy and tactics, and use of trapeze and spinnakers.

2013 Sailing classes (four sessions to choose from)

Morning or Afternoon

June 10-21

June 24-28 and July 8-12

July 15-26

July 29-Aug. 9

No sailing camp the week of July 1 – 5

a.m. session: 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

p.m. session 1:45-5 p.m.

If you wish to add an additional week of classes outside of the two-week session please contact the sailing staff directly at 843-the staff can manually add your child to the available times.

All Classes Monday-Friday.

Rates: Members: $265 for two weeks, $130 per week for additional weeks. Non-members: $325 for two weeks, $160 per week for additional weeks.

Session Cancellation Policy: If you wish to cancel, you must notify Chet

Wood at 843-607-1638 at least four weeks prior to the start of the session to receive a refund. No refunds will be given after that time unless there is a waiting list and the slot can be filled with a wait-listed student.

Refunds are subject to a $50 cancellation fee.

Weather/Illness Cancellation Policy: When poor weather conditions occur, other sailing related activities are put into practice. In some cases camp may have to be cancelled and children may need to be picked up early. Refunds/ makeup classes will not be given due to weather.

To register online: go to http://hobcawyachtclub.ezregister.com/

For more information, call 843-607-1638 or email hycyouthsailing@gmail.com

A parent information meeting eill be held Wednesday, May 29 at 6 p.m. and an end of the summer awards banquet will be held Thursday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

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