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Break Time in Luxurious Palmetto Bluff

Wilson Landing Public Dock - Photo Credit Suzi DuRant

Sometimes our passion for boating needs a little rejuvenation. Think of the times when you’ve just completed a grueling passage or an arduous session in a boatyard. Or you just need a little break in your passage north or south. …

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Revelry Abounds at the Rockville Regatta

These are of the spectator fleet along the race course. Sea Island One Designs racing. Photo: Priscilla Parker

The Rockville Regatta on Bohicket Creek south of Charleston, South Carolina is considered by many local sailors to be a rite of summer. Sailing into its 124th consecutive year, this nautical tradition began as a friendly competition over the summer …

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Youth Sailing Grows in Georgetown

Photo courtesy of South Carolina Maritime Youth Sailing Program

A dream has come true for a group of local sailing enthusiasts in Georgetown, S.C., as a newly created summer youth sailing camp begins its second year in June. Prompted by high school freshman Griffin Marteau’s quest for local youth …

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Charleston Race Week adds Multihulls

Sea Scouts aboard Peregrine. PhotoBoat

The Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week has become the largest U.S. multi-class regatta, and it’s still growing. Watch for a new set of competitors as Charleston Race Week adds a new class for multihulls and a new sponsor, Quantum Sail …

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Cruising South Carolina Off The Beaten Path

Photography by Claire Gorgen

You might wonder how two accomplished Minnesota sailors wound up in one of the swampier areas of South Carolina aboard a 42-foot Hatteras. The story is as interesting as Chuck and Claria Gorgen are. The Gorgens were serious small sailboat …

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Scout Boats Scouts Out The Future

Current boating logic says that introducing kids to the water early creates life-long boaters. If that’s true, Steve Potts, CEO and founder of Scout Boats, is a prime example. Not only did he like boating as a youngster but, as …

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Confusing US Cruising for Foreign Flagged Boats

Confusing Cruising for Foreign Flagged Boats

Last fall I met a delightful Canadian couple on their first cruise in the U.S.  Both in their mid 70’s, they had decided they were doing entirely too much sitting in their retirement. So they bought a boat and planned …

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High Hopes for Belhaven NC

Photo: Jake Dillon

August 28, 1928 was a big day in the history of Belhaven, North Carolina, as the tiny town celebrated the opening of the newest section of the Inland Coastal Waterway from Norfolk, VA to Beaufort Inlet, NC. The 22-mile dredged …

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Charleston to Bermuda Race is ON

Charleston and Bermuda are both wonderful destinations, so what could be better than an offshore race between the two? The biennial Charleston to Bermuda Race sets sail May 15-17 covering 777 nautical miles to St. David’s Head in Bermuda. After …

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Charleston Ramps Up for Race Week

Charleston Race Week, hosted and organized by the Charleston Ocean Racing Association, is rounding the buoys to rack up more new records April 18-21. Last year, 252 sailboats actually raced. As of the end of February, 250 boats – from …

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Sea Scouts – Fun and Learning on the Water

Two years after Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in England, he asked his brother Warington to head up the first specialized branch of the Boy Scouting Association, declaring “There could be nothing better for a young boy than …

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The Power(ful) Side of Beneteau

Editor’s Note: Last issue we took a look at the history of Beneteau, their factory in South Carolina and their popular sailboats in French Style for American Fun – The Beneteau Story. This month, we look at their powerboat strategy. …

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St Barts Yachts Celebrates 25 Years in Style

St Barts Yachts' Chuck Laughlin is still smiling after 25 years as a Beneteau dealer. Photo by Priscilla Parker

Some 25 years ago, Chuck Laughlin was building a marina in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Beneteau Yachts, a French sailboat manufacturer, was building a factory in Marion, S.C. “Hmm…,” thought Chuck, “I could fill the marina with their boats …

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