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Category: Club History

The Infamous “Cleopatra”

Have you ever heard tale of the old Waccamaw Sailing Club barge named “Cleopatra”? Enjoy Ann Coburn’s “telling” from our 1980 Club History:

“During the Spring of ’71 the men met a couple of times a week to engineer and build with the end result being the barge – “Cleopatra” – a 20 by 12-foot platform resting on four aircraft wing tanks, which was to be used as a race committee barge. With a total cost for construction of $20 and unladylike weight scaled in tons, she had a seating capacity of 20 or 30 and was propelled by a 6 HP motor donated by Joe Maultsby, which we are still using (as of 1980).

Everyone knew “Cleo”. Typically female, she broke away many times and washed ashore at so many different places she was well-known all along the lakefront. There are many funny tales to be told on and about Cleopatra, but she served us well and is a very dear part of WSC lore”

Celebrating 50 Years with Photos from the Past

This photo is from September 27th, 1970 of the inaugural Summer Series winners of the Waccamaw Sailing Club.

Top: Rick Jennings (Wilmington), Joe Stanley (Wilmington), Joe Nesbitt (Wrightsville Beach), J.M. “Dick” Coburn (Whiteville), Billie & Tom Hayden (Riegelwood).

Bottom: Ron “Ronnie” Walters (Whiteville and current club member), Jay Will (Whiteville), Bill Smith (Whiteville), Charlotte Hicks (Wilmington).

The Waccamaw Sailing Club is celebrating our 50th Anniversary this sailing season. To celebrate, we are sharing photos from the past. Many thanks to the Coburn family for sharing a trove of photos from the club’s inaugural racing season. Stay tuned for our Throwback Thursday posts throughout the year.