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Apr 26 2021

A Race To Salute Our Active Military And Veterans

By Charleston Ocean Racing Association for The Island Connection

The Charleston Ocean Racing Association (C.O.R.A.) will be holding the inaugural Military Salute Regatta on Saturday, June 26, 2021 in Charleston Harbor. Active military and veterans will be the star crewmembers aboard racing and non-racing sailboats from all over the Southeast in this exciting regatta. This event aims to honor all active military and veterans that served our great country and get them involved in sail racing.

The Charleston Ocean Racing Association executive committee saw a need to reach out to the community and, specifically, active military and veterans to salute their efforts and sacrifices for our community and country. “We, as a sailing organization, want to recognize and salute those that serve in a special way while introducing them to the sport of sailing” Charlie Lent, CORA Rear Commodore stated. “Sailors in Charleston and the Southeast hold a special place in their hearts for these heroes, and we want them to know that.” Lent added.

Ample spectator viewing will be available at the start of the race at Waterfront Park as well as Battery Point. Active military and veterans not racing, will have on-water viewing aboard the beautiful Charleston Princess excursion vessel donated by Charleston Harbor Tours. In addition to registering active and veteran military to crew, and registering boats, the regatta is also looking for community-minded sponsors for the event.

 Active and military veterans are encouraged to register to crew aboard, and sailboats from all over the Southeast are encouraged to participate in the regatta.

Military may register here: MilitaryRegister.

Sailboats may register here:

Donations and Sponsorships:

For more information on sponsorships and how you can get involved, email Margaret Hekker at

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