Good, Clean 420 Fun
CofC Community Sailing has done the impossible. They’ve turned Tuesday into the most fun day of the week – hands down. And we’re including Saturday and Sunday here, folks.
Why? Because Tuesday evenings aren’t for sitting in traffic or microwaving a meal or hitting the gym. They’re for racing sailboats. There are 20+ boats (and 15 more with your name on them) out there each week to prove it.
For everyone out there who wants to sail, Jacob Raymond is your Genie in a Bottle.
“I want to make the sport of sailing approachable, accessible and affordable,” Jacob tells us. Which is why he is so jazzed to organize double-handed races on CofC’s 420 (and FJ) sailboats every Tuesday and make them wide open to the general public. “It’s all about bolstering the sport of sailing and creating community.”
That’s right, wide open to everyone. New to sailing? Come on out and get paired up with a more experienced skipper. World-champion professional sailor? There are plenty of those out there too. For the brand-spanking newbies, Jacob recommends a “crawl, walk, run” approach (watch on committee boat –> hop on as crew –> helm a race), but no one is getting turned away.
And no matter your skill level, everyone’s going to learn. Greg Fisher, Director of Sailing at CofC and one of the greatest – and most humble – sailors in the whole wide world, talks to everyone campfire-style after the races, offering knowledge and tips about what he saw, and answering any questions. It’s one of the biggest perks of the dinghy races, and Jacob assures, “he’s going to keep doing it as long as his wife lets him do it!”
Jacob calls this “the best sailing event in Charleston.” Why? “The people,” he says emphatically. He couldn’t be more right on. Sure, there’s some hollering on the water when bumper boats ensue, but it’s all in good fun and it’s all smiles back on the dock. People like each other enough to go out to dinner after. It’s as much a social event as it is a sailing event, with a strong sense of community that grows quickly and playfully. Jared Chrysostom the yeller. Mike Palazzo the diva who wants video and a dock boy. Patrick Rogers the rules guy who will always call you over the line early. David Rogers the sweetie student. Michael Stapleton the Navy hotshot. The list goes on.
Jacob says it best: “It’s about enjoying the sport and making new friends. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
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Tuesday nights, 5pm, CofC Sailing Center at 20 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
$5 for non-members
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Story by: Caroline Nuttall
Photos by: Karson Photography