The Chatham Sailing Club and the Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island will host the Seventh Annual Hook Ocean Race on Saturday, September 17, 2022. The press is invited to cover the exciting regatta morning start off Hilton Head Island, as well as the late-afternoon finish-line action and evening ceremonies at The Landings Marina. Interviews available on-site or by prior arrangement.
The course will start in Calibogue Sound off Hilton Head Island, head south past Tybee Island, and then head up Wassaw Sound to end at Landings Marina on Skidaway Island. The first group starts around 10am. Depending on winds, it will take about six hours for the fleet to reach Wassaw Sound and finish.
There is no better place for boating than the Low Country of South Carolina and Georgia, and it has been a popular spot for sailing for generations. This regatta offers sailors a unique experience with a course that resembles a large hook, hence the name. The Hook Race is the only open ocean water sailing event in the Low Country. While many area boat clubs host annual regattas in inland waterways, the Hook offers the opportunity to compete in open ocean waters for several hours which historically was a large part of sailboat racing. The competitors’ meeting will be held in-person at Harbour Town Yacht Basin on Hilton Head Island Friday at 6pm. On Saturday, Skidaway Island Boat Club will host a Dockside Bar party at Landings Harbor Marina from 3 to 5pm. CSC will then host a dinner with awards presentation at the Landings Harbor picnic grounds after 6pm. Yachts will enter the competition in one of three classes, Cruising, Spinnaker, and Non-Spinnaker (spinnakers are the large colorful balloon-like sails extending in front of a sailing vessel). The race is open to sailboats larger than 22 feet. A published handicap system will be used to adjust the entrants to equivalent times so both large and small sailboats will be competing fairly. For more information on the race and to register, visit https://www.regattanetwork.com/event/24531
This sponsors of the 2022 Hook Race are:
Premier Sponsor: The Landings Company
Contributing Sponsors: Advanced Metal Components (AMC), Carefree Boat Club, Craftmasters Construction, Hinckley Yacht Services, Icon Super Store (Golf Car), Sailor’s Nautical Services,
Sound View Wealth Advisors
In-Kind Sponsors: Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), Harbour Town Yacht Club, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, The Landings Harbor Marina, Skidaway Island Boat Club
2022 Low Country Hook Race T-Shirts are available for sale. To order, send $25/shirt via Venmo to @chathamsailclub. In the payment description, specify the event and shirt size. If multiple shirts are ordered, include the detail in the payment description. We’ll notify you when the event t-shirts are ready and arrange for pick up. Note: Hook Race shirt orders must be submitted by August 20, 2022.