One of the best things about sailing at Dataw is that as soon as you leave the marina you can hoist your sails and start sailing. The water is deep and there is plenty of room so one does not have to motor to get to the sailing area. We have a number of boats in the Sailing Fleet, and on a nice day you are bound to see at least one sailboat on the water.
The DIYC sailing fleet has an active program of fun PHRF sailing races throughout the year. These races range in length from 8 to almost 20 miles long and take place on a monthly basis year round. Most of the races start and finish at Dataw Marina which makes it convenient for the sailors and easy for spectators to watch the action. These races are combined to form the DIYC Sailing Series and the results from the races are tabulated to determine the DIYC Sailing Series Champion.
In addition to the Sailing Series there are two local major regattas in which Dataw sailors participate. The Santa Elena Regatta, sponsored by the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, is held each spring in Port Royal Sound; and the Dataw Island Cup, which DIYC sponsors, is held each fall in the Coosaw and Morgan Rivers. There normally are five to ten boats from Dataw participating in these events.
Besides the sailing in the past we have had social events associated with the regattas and annual Sailing Series Awards presentations. We are looking forward to the return of these events once the Covid 19 virus is behind us.
If you are a sailor you should consider joining the fun. We are an active group of sailors who enjoy sailing on the beautiful waters of the Lowcountry.
Roy Crocker, Sailing Fleet Captain
cell: (843) 271-0823