Waccamaw High gets sailing club
Waccamaw High School now officially has a sailing club.
Since it is a “club” and not a new “team,” the creation of the group did not require approval from the Georgetown County School Board.
Dozens of students who want to participate in the sailing activities were on hand at Hazard’s Marine in Georgetown Tuesday to be introduced to the club and the rules by coach Tim Fitzgerald.
The first practice for the new club – started by sophomore Griffin DesMarteau — will take place next Tuesday to get ready to compete in regattas in Charleston this fall.
According to a press release, Jan O’Tuel, Waccamaw Sailing Club President, will be working on fundraising and outreach for WHS students.
“We already have 47 students committed for the fall who are ready to get sailing. I am so excited to be helping to start this club, and this area is perfect for sailing!” said O’Tuel.
On Thursday, the Rotary Club of Pawleys Island made a a $2,000 donation to the club.
“This donation is the first full boat sponsorship for the newly established program,” the release states. “Rotary International is emphasizing more involvement with our youth” said Diana Evans, president of the Rotary Club of Pawleys Island. “With the maritime history of Georgetown County, a sailing program for our high school girls and boys is an excellent way for the Rotary Club of Pawleys Island to be supportive of our youth.”
Funds will be used to help refurbish and outfit 6 Vanguard 420 sailboats donated this summer by Charleston Community Sailing.
The S.C. Maritime Museum on Front Street in Georgetown will own the boats and the museum’s insurance policy will cover the vessels.
The club has been promised an $8,500 matching grant from the Matthew Britton Family.
Dozier said the reason it is a sailing “club” and not a “team” is because it is not sanctioned by the South Carolina High School League.
By Scott Harper
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