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Originally delivered on 9/17/2019 11:02 am

SUBJECT: SAYRA e-newsletter September


SAYRA e-newsletter September 2019

From the Commodore... 

This past weekend I had the pleasure of competing in what I hope will grow to be our Yacht Racing Association’s (YRA) signature event. Eighteen teams met in Charleston to decide which Club has the best sailors. Patterned after the Resolute Cup which the New York Yacht Club hosted this past weekend (an international Club competition), the SAYRA Club Championship has really taken on legs.
Seventeen teams actually made it to the water for a regatta that Charleston Community Sailing won, led by Amy Woodard, Katie Johnson, Wendy McKenzie and Mary Corbett.  Congratulations to this awesome team!  As the father of two sailing daughters and the husband of a race officer, it makes me super proud to see a female team take top honors. 

Speaking of SAYRA signatures, the Helen Hanley Memorial Fund continues to support sailors young and old in their pursuit of national honors.  One of the topics of post race conversation was the purpose of the HHMF, which now has over $300,000 in it.  Here’s a link to the history of the HHMF and what it is allowed to fund.  Take a moment to read it, because it is interesting and informative. CLICK HERE 

From time to time I’m asked why the HHMF can’t give out more money.  Helen Hanley wanted this fund to be one that would endure and spoke to that in her will. SAYRA has adopted spending guidelines that are designed to allow the fund to be a perpetual fund - that is one that will grow versus inflation and be able to provide for sailors long into the future.  It means that we can’t spend say $100,000 on a fleet of boats for SAYRA or fund a costly new project, as worthy as those ideas may be.  If we took on several major projects, the fund quickly would be gone.  It does however, mean that for the foreseeable future, we can help fund sailors’ sailors dreams of competing on a national level and US Sailing Training certifications, which ultimately enhances the health of sailing in our area. 

So - Clubs - start making your plans now for the 2020 SAYRA Club Championship.  It will be a good one!  One last note, Save the Date for the 2020 Annual SAYRA Conference and if you could take a moment to complete a 2 question survey, CLICK HERE. Please give us some feedback on session topics because we want to deliver an engaging event and include topics that YOU want... speak now... 

Robert Key, Commodore


Congratulations to the Charleston Community Sailing TEAM (Amy Woodard, Katie Johnson, Wendy McKenzie and Mary Corbett) for winning the 2019 title. This team is campaigning for the J24 World Championship in October, team details HERE!  Thank you to the College of Charleston, Patrick and all the volunteers who made this event a reality! Full results HERE.


Jr Grand Prix is down to the final 2 events (Augusta SC and Columbia SC registration links below) and updated results will be posted HERE. Record turn out at BYSC this past weekend with almost 70 juniors participating!

Thank you to the more than 200 youth sailorsthat have participated in the events so far. Thank you to all the sailing organizations for supporting these youth sailors to travel and participate. 


SAYRA PHRF Offshore Champs

Only 3 events are left... 

Oct 5/6 - SCYC Ocean Challenge 

Oct 12/14 - Calibogue Cup/Harbour Town Cup

Nov 9 - CHYC Big Boat Regatta & Oyster Roast

Lots of great PHRF Sailing going on in SAYRA! More details click here

 Upcoming area events....  

CORA Sponsored Basic 1-Day Race Management Class Oct 5th ChYC




      Augustsa SC     66th Annual Halloween Regatta

October 11-13



Columbia SC Midlands Regatta Nov. 1-3



Save the Date!

Save the date to attend the beautiful Sonesta Resort at Hilton Head Island!  More details in November but please clubs, save the date, encourage participation and come ready to have fun! Great learning and networking opportunity for all involved. 

Quick Topic Survey CLICK HERE


Sailing Leadership Forum... 

Make plans now to attend... Check out the topics list from 2018... lots of great content planned for 2020!  

Click HERE for 2018 Schedule


Register today for a discount!

Help needed - RTP HS Sailing Program

RTP High School Sailing Program in Raleigh, North Carolina.  We are undergoing a large expansion of new sailors in our program this fall.  We are in urgent need of used 420 sailboats with sails, both in good condition.  Please let me know if your Club or if you know of other Clubs in your area that may have any boats for sale. Alan Backus – Coach, RTP HS Sailing Program or 919-606-1299


South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association
PO Box 12493    Charleston, SC 29422