Southern Collegiate Offshore Regatta, Feb 13, 14, Charleston, SC

Participating Schools:  Coast Guard, Navy, Maine Maritime, Eckerd College, Michigan, Queens College (Canada), Cal Maritime, and the College of Charleston

Dear James,

I am writing to invite you and your J 40 to be a part of the Southern Collegiate Offshore Regatta (SCOR) that will be run by the Charleston Ocean Racing Association(CORA) and will be sailed on Feb 13th and 14th 2016 at the Carolina Yacht Club.   The regatta is sailed in borrowed offshore yachts where the owners participate. Recognizing the importance of exposing the next generation of sailors to offshore racing, the Charleston Ocean Racing Association (a 501(c)3 charitable organization and the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association have joined forces to make the Southern Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta a major event. The goal is spreading the fun and team work of big boat racing to as many college sailors as possible. We can only do this with the help of boat owners like you. This is your chance to give back to the sport and help it grow.

CORA is not looking for you to lend the boat to a college team. In our regatta, the owners sail with the teams as the safety officer and coach. Each boat can have a second adult aboard who can be one of your regular crewmembers, the school’s coach, or someone appointed by CORA. We need you to keep things safe for the kids and the boats as well as to teach about how to handle and sail a big boat. The boat owner is still the skipper of record and we make it clear to the students that if the owner ever feels that something unsafe could happen, the owner is free to take the helm or to give a command to change course. The kids are very respectful of the boats and the owners. We cannot insure the fleet so all the boats sail under their own insurance.

The boat owner stays near the helm to insure the safety of the boat. The second adult can coach the kids in the front half of the boat. We encourage the adults to teach boat handling, sail trim and safety, but we ask that you let the kids call their own tactics. Everything about big boats can be new to dinghy sailors, but tactics are universal. If their starting plan is unsafe, then by all means tell them to guess again. To keep boats from pushing the rules too hard, we do not allow the two-turns penalty to exonerate fouls.

With last year’s event being canceled due to extreme bad weather, we are inviting the same schools back: Coast Guard, Navy, Maine Maritime, Eckerd College, Michigan, Queens College (Canada), Cal Maritime, and the College of Charleston.

Our goal is to have three to four windward/leeward races on Saturday and a distance race around the Charleston Harbor on Sunday.

Finally, this is a totally free event for the boat owners and college sailors thanks to the CORA Foundation, Carolina Yacht Club , and other sponsors. The kids bring food and drinks for themselves and the adults, and the Carolina Yacht Club throws a casual dinner for everyone on Saturday night and will provide overnight dockage on Friday and Saturday night.

A similar event is put on by the Storm Trysail Club at the Larchmont Yacht Club. Check out their video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vf1hl6w1Z0I

One day we hope to have as many participants as they do. So, please consider in helping with our event. Contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Tripp Fellabom , Organizing Committee

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