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Indian Summer recap

Breezy and beautiful fall weather was on hand all weekend for the 49th annual Indian Summer regatta held at Waccamaw Sailing club October 6 & 7. This year’s turnout of 20 boats heavily favored Catamarans, with 9 Isotopes; holding their nationals, 3 Hobie 16 and 5 Open Multihulls. Only 3 mixed monohulls competed in the Open Monohull category.

Most sailors arrived on Friday and were able to pick up their race packets, rig their boats and secure their preferred beach-launch spot prior to the start of Friday evening’s welcome party which gave sailors and club members a chance to meet, greet and eat. A crew of club volunteers were on hand to coordinate incoming rigs, move trailers to back lot parking, direct car traffic and coordinate food service.
Saturday’s weather was beautiful with blue skies and temperatures topping at 80 degrees. Race conditions were quite sporty, with wind blowing 12-18 mph and some gusts over 20mph. The race committee set up and racing started promptly at 1:00pm. The windy conditions made for some very fast racing, but also proved challenging to some equipment. Of course, anything that can go wrong, will especially on a catamaran. One Isotope suffered a broken side stay, and had to be towed in after capsizing, and an F18 had a partial mast collapse. Although they were able to sail back in, they were out for the rest of the regatta. 3 races were completed and tired but happy sailors were back in by late afternoon in time to get warmed up and have a hot buffet style meal.

Waccamaw Sailing Club was pleased to welcome Meldau family, Isotope designers and builders, as their guests. The Isotope catamaran fleet honored the family at their nationals and rechristened their perpetual trophy, first awarded in 1974, as the “Meldau Cup”. Frank Meldau II designed the Isotope catamaran in 1964, and the family continues manufacturing at their shop in Henderson, NC. Joining him at the celebration were his wife Rhoda, their son Frank Meldau III, their Grandson, Wilder Meldau, Their Son-in-law David Brice and Nephew John Kirles. Brice and Kirles competed with the Isotope fleet and placed 6th and 4th respectively.

Sunday started out overcast with a passing sprinkle just before the race committee left the dock, but the sky had cleared by the time set up was complete. Racing started right at 11:00 am with 12-15 MPH winds which stayed steady throughout the 2 races. A broken forestay caused one of the 3 monohuls, (the Tanzer) to capsize. After spending over 30 chilly minutes in the water unsuccessfully trying to right the boat, it was a long slow tow back to the dock with the boat on its side. Once back in the shallows, leverage and extra muscle were able to right the boat and recover it to its trailer. All sailors were back at the club by 1:00pm for food and awards. The race committee scored the races and the winners were honored in a small ceremony after lunch.

Waccamaw Sailing Club would like to thank all the participants, Paul and Karol Leonard who traveled from Florida to head the Race Committee and to rest of the 20+ person volunteer army who made this event a success!

2023 Indian Summer Winners:
Isotope Class: Eric Rasmussen
Hobie 16 Class: Mark Williams
Open Multihull Class: Ron Walters
Open Monohull Class: David McLamb

Fall Clean-up Day is Saturday September 16

WSC’s Fall Clean-up day is Saturday September 16. Please plan to be at the club around 8:30ish.

Club will provide hot dogs & burgers for lunch. Please bring a dish to pass if you can.

Here is a partial list of this Fall’s projects:

  • Cut brush from back lot camping area
  • Cut brush from verge on lakeside of canal to increase parking
  • Add more fire hose along dock
  • Replace rotten deck boards
  • General clean-up around club & lot

If you have them, please bring racks, shovels, brooms, buckets & cleaning supplies and power tools.

Other News

Registration is now open for Indian Summer. As always we need volunteers to help with the event. Click here to download a list and description of volunteer positions. If you want to volunteer, email me here volunteer.

We will have recorded music both at Indian Summer and at Friday’s welcome party. We want to offer a wide range of music types so we have something for everyone. We will be featuring a tribute to the late Jimmy Buffett, but if you have any requests of songs or artists you’d like included on the playlist please email me with your choices.

Smooth Sailing!

Indian Summer Regatta, Oct 6-8, 2023

Registration Now Open: Click Here to register

Don’t Wait, Sign Up Now! Late Registration Fees Start 9-25-23
Waccamaw Sailing Club is excited and pleased to announce our 49th Annual Indian Summer Regatta, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8 with a free welcome party Friday October 6.

Please come out and join us for some great racing, a delicious Saturday night dinner with all the fixin’s, snacks & drinks available all day Saturday & light breakfast planned for Sunday morning. Great music after dinner provided by Tray Andrews and general sailor-talk and tall tales.

Registration includes participation in the event, 1 dinner ticket for Saturday night and 1 tee shirt. (please indicate size at checkout) Additional dinner tickets ($20.00 ea.) and shirts ($15-$17) are available at the “Event Store” or at check out. All classes that can be scored using the Portsmouth Yardstick are welcome – three or more boats of the same class will be scored One-Design, and others will be scored Open Portsmouth. Awards will be given based on registered boats – the more boats in a class, the deeper the awards! (See the Notice Of Race for details.)

Please share this information with your club members and other sailing friends.
A limited number of tent only camping sites are available on-site at no charge on a first-come basis. Bathroom and shower facilities are available at the club.

Additional space for trailers or van/motor home type campers is available in our back lot area about 200 yards away also at no charge. Hotels, Air B&B and restaurants are all available nearby. Email me for more information.

Download Notice of Race Here

Download Sailing Instructions here

Fair Winds!
Waccamaw Sailing Club