May 2016 News & Events
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Sailing into May

Make An Impact Today!

TODAY IS THE DAY! Your ongoing support means a lot to us and you can make an impact by giving a gift today for Lowcountry Giving Day 2016. Each donation helps us to provide public access to our waterways via sailing while teaching valuable life lessons.  Our programs include high school sailing, Women on the Water, Special Olympics, STEM Education, summer youth classes & MORE!  It is easy to support Charleston Community Sailing.
  • Visit and enter a donation amount or giving level
  • Text "communitysail" to 33923 and follow the instructions from there
  • Mail a check to Charleston Community Sailing, P.O. Box 21811, Charleston, SC  29413
As we EMBARK on our 17th year at Charleston Community Sailing, it is with heartfelt gratitude to you, our community of sailing enthusiasts, for sustaining OUR worthwhile work that has helped so many individuals gain access to the water.  Visit us online and stay connected on social media to see what is happening. 
THANKS AGAIN for your continued support of our mission!

Time to Paddle

Last year we launched a SUP program and we are SO excited to get back on the water paddling.  Registration is open and classes will start the first week of May.  We've still got room in our SUP Fit classes that will run 1.5 hours over a four week series.  Looking for some one on one instruction or small group options - we can arrange private lessons at your convenience.  Learn more or register for May today!  

Become a Junior Instructor! 

Do you want to learn the ropes of teaching sailing and build your self confidence on the water?  We've got room available in our Junior Instructor Program for either a week or the entire summer.  Apply today to become a Junior Instructor and spend your summer on the water! 

High School Sailing

SAISA Districts were held April 23/24 at Lake Norman.  Sailors competed till 7:00pm on Saturday after 10 sets of races in light and shifty conditions. The event drew 16 teams and Charleston was represented by Porter Gaud, James Island and was won by Wando who will compete in the ISSA High School Nationals at the College of Charleston May 14 & 15.


Sailing into STEM

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to SAIL!  Yes, it's true. Join us for our Sailing Into STEM education program with Burke students. We need skippers who feel comfortable taking sailors out for their first sail. Join us on Tuesdays, May 10 & 17 from 4-6PM for a fun afternoon on the water!  Sign up.


Adult Basic Sailing

Learn to sail through our partnership with Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission.  This class is a steal, we mean deal!  Five hours of instruction with our US Sailing Level certified instructors. You will learn basic sailing nomenclature, along with rigging and de-rigging skills, safety, and the basics of tacking, jibing, and docking.  The class will take place May 20 & 22 - SIGN UP!

Local Sailors Excel at UnRegatta

Sailors from across the country invaded JIYC for the O'pen Bic North Americans "UnRegatta".  There were 53 competitors and local high school sailor Neil Walters won the event. The top 5 also included Gavin Parker in 3rd, Lucas Sawin in 4th & Ann Sheridan in 5th. Ann Sheridan was also awarded the Top Female Sailor. Check out this video of the event and sign up for our summer classes to try one out!

Register NOW for Summer

Our 2016 summer sailing program with the Charleston Yacht Club is quickly filling up.  We are excited to offer a variety of classes suited to every level of sailor starting at age five.  We will continue to offer a STEM based Science of Sailing class along with full day Adventure Sail.  We hope you will join us for for some fun this summer!  If you would like to provide a scholarship for youth in need you may do so here.

Lowcountry Special Olympics

The Annual Lowcountry Special Olympics Regatta is a month away!  The event will be held June 3-5 with sailing taking place out of James Island Yacht Club.  There will be two divisions which will comprise of Hobies and 420s.  Be sure to stop by and check out the action or volunteer to help the weekend of the event.   

In NEED of Safety Boats:  

Got a 16-22 ft. boat sitting in your yard that your not using? Please consider donating your boat which is easy, philanthropic and offers potential tax advantages. In return for the donation of your vessel, we will issue a receipt and you can relax knowing that we will use the boat or the proceeds of the sale - to make it possible for all to experience the delights of being on the water.  We are specifically in need safety boat hulls or a rib.

Volunteer Opportunities:

We need your help! Volunteers can help with everything from boat maintenance, regattas (on or off the water), Summer Sailing, Buddy Sail, SC Special Olympics, Office/Admin work, STEM Education, fundraising, social media and special events.  If any of this sounds interesting or is something you are passionate about—we hope you will consider volunteering with us.  You can sign up to volunteer online
Board Members: 
Nancy L. Bonner,  William H. Hanckel, Miles H. Martschink, Robert K. Scribner, 
Steven D. Shapiro, John C. Skinner,
Ginger K. Sutton, Catherine C. Swanson, Cindy R. Ware
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Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 21811, Charleston, SC  29413

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