October 23-25 was an epic weekend for Harbor 20 sailors at
South Carolina Yacht Club, or SCYC. Each year, Harbor 20 sailors from across the country get together to participate in the East/West Challenge, a 3-day sailing fun fest with a format unique to Harbor 20s.
In this traveling regatta, the host fleet welcomes teams from the traveling fleets to stay in their homes for the weekend.
"The Harbor 20 way is to move people, not boats.
The host club provides the boats and arranges for housing with their members, food and beverages, entertainment, etc. This makes for not only a great sailing event, but also for an incredible social event." -Peter Haynes, former class president.
For the past 7 years, two teams from each coast represented: Newport and Santa Barbara for the West, Annapolis and Hilton Head for the East. This is the first year that Fleet 6 in Charlotte Harbor, Florida sent reps for the West.
2014 Santa Barbara beach party
The South is not one to be outdone in hospitality. All participants and their spouses, plus an additional 40 volunteers saw to it that this was a truly amazing weekend, with a party every night.
South Carolina Yacht club hosted a sumptuous pool side buffet on Friday evening. Harbor 20 sailors like to kick off their weekend with good food, good drinks, and great company!
Saturday evening, Mary and Joe Highsmith welcomed everyone to their home on the May River for an oyster roast and pig roast.
After dinner, everyone crowded on the dance floor under the oak trees while listening to "Low Country Boil" play live.
De Sole Home
The weekend concluded with Sunday's Award Ceremony held in Elenore and Domenico DeSole's lovely home.
The De Sole's hospitality is famous among East Coast Harbor 20 sailors
from the annual
Windmill Harbour Regatta