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Carolina Yacht Club

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Charleston, S.C.

Founded 1883



The Carolina Yacht Club is located on "The Battery" in historic downtown Charleston. With direct access to Charleston Harbor, it claims to have the best sailing facility on the East Coast between Annapolis and Miami. The club recently underwent major renovations to the dining and ballroom facilities as well as a substantial expansion of the marina. In addition to hosting national, local and regional regattas, the club sponsors a highly successful junior program, which has an annual participation of 150 sailors. They have strong fleets of E-scows, Lightnings, Melges and Lasers. Their members have participated in The America's Cup, the Olympics and have won numerous national championships.


Carolina Yacht Club will be returning to the Resolute Cup, rebranded from the U.S. Qualifying Series, for the fourth time this year.

“We keep coming back because there is some of the best competition at this regatta,” says team skipper Will Hankel. “It is hard to find a regatta where any boat can win any race. It is very competitive.”

In a regatta where sails will be provided and the rig tune will be standardized across the respective fleets any advantage over the competition can be the deciding factor. Each sailor must be a World Sailing Group 1 (amateur) sailor, and a full member of the club he or she represents.

Teams will sail a two-day qualifying series on Narragansett Bay in both Sonars and Melges 20s. The top teams will move to the two-day Championship Series in Melges 20s, and the remaining teams will compete for Silver Fleet honors in Sonars. While experience in either boat can be an advantage, the Resolute Cup is anchored to the belief that the best sailors can make any boat go fast.

“I think that we understand how to be successful,” says Hankel. “Take it one race at a time and be consistent. Every point counts”

SKIPPER - Will Hanckel

TACTICIAN - Walter Prause