About High School Sailing

High School sailing closely parallels the collegiate sailing format. For fleet racing, teams are divided into A and B divisions comprising of different skippers and crews for each division. A team may substitute sailors as long as prescribe substitution rules are followed. Courses tend to be relatively short emphasizing starts and tactics. Teams also participate in Team Racing events where each team fields three boats to sail against three boats from another team. In team racing teammates work together to outmaneuver the other team so that their combined race scores are better than the other team’s combined scores.

Charleston sailing teams are part of the South-Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association (SAISA) District. Teams participate in a number of regattas throughout the seasons which run from September to November and March to May. The end of each season culminates in a District Championship and in the spring, for those teams that qualify, the National Fleet Racing Championship (Mallory Cup) and National Team Racing Championship (Baker Cup).

Teams attend local events and travel to venues requiring overnight stays several times a season. Organization of all local and overnight trips is the responsibility of team captains and parents.

The following schools train at CCS: Academic Magnet, Ashley Hall, Bishop England, Charleston Collegiate, First Baptist, James Island Charter School, Porter-Gaud, School of the Arts, Wando, Charleston Day School, Mason Prep and The Citadel.

Academic Magnet

Academic Magnet

Academic Magnet Sailing Team

Patrick Hogan

Ashley Hall

Ashley Hall Sailing Team

Tim Fitzgerald

Bishop England

BE Team

Bishop England Sailing Team

Daniel Machowski

First Baptist

First Baptist Sailing Team

Steffi Sykora

James Island Charter

From The Coach
“Practice hard and have fun. Get on the water as often as possible.”

School Advisors: Liisa Machowski; Chantal Rousselin

Ryan Hamm

Porter Gaud

Porter Gaud Sailing Team

Nick Ellyn


Wando Team

Wando High Sailing Team

Rebecca Bestoso
Logan Bonner

School of the Arts

Ezra Zankel