Wexford Plantation is hosting an inaugural Pro-Am Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 9th – also sponsored by Hilton Head Boathouse and Bass Pro Shops. The tournament is limited to the first 30 entrants, with a grand prize of $20,000.* Additional prizes will also be awarded.
The entry fee is $600 per boat. Entry fee includes dockage with power & electricity the weekend of the tournament, an invitation to the Captain’s Meeting on June 8th, invitation to the Awards Party following the tournament on June 9th (for three individuals), and three t-shirts. Additional team or family members attending the Awards Party and any additional t-shirts will incur additional fees.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Waddell Mariculture Center’s breeding tank purchase.
Every month beginning in March, our Yacht Club hosts a Commodore Dock Party, known around here as Docktails. Well, this year, Docktails is starting early! Our February party theme is Docktails in the Dark Oyster Roast. The Oyster Factory will provide May River Oysters – along with some shucking helpers!
In honor of this new event, we have prepared a little toast…
Here’s a toast
To our first-ever oyster roast!
Bring an appetizer to share,
What you bring, we don’t care.
This is a laid back celebration
So don’t forget your favorite libation.
Come one, come all – and meet
Your neighbor from down the street.
As we celebrate the new year
And introduce our Commodore sincere.
Wondering what to get the boater in your life this holiday season? Here’s a list of top picks from Wexford Dockmaster, Warren Holland.
Docktail Butler Family Food & Beverage Caddy
The Docktail Butler Family Food and Beverage Caddy is a must-have for whatever type of day you’re planning on your boat – whether you’re spending the day at the sandbar, cruising around the sound or just sitting on your boat while docked in the harbor. The Docktail Butler Family Food and Beverage Caddy’s cup holders can hold two liters, your favorite tumblers, red solo cups or even your yeti rambler without a problem. It also has a large flat area for hors d’oeuvres, lunch or dinner, prep for the grill, or just cutting lemons and limes. This caddy also has two areas on each side that can hold your phones, wallets, trash bags and anything else you would need for an afternoon of entertaining on the water. Docktail boat tables are compatible for all rod holders and have a locking bar underneath.
Yeti Panga 50 Dry Duffle
Yeti’s done it once again! I have always had a battle finding a good waterproof bag for the boat that doesn’t leak around the seams or the zipper…until the Yeti Panga 50 Dry Duffle. It is almost too good to believe until I saw it with my own eyes. Any sailor, cruiser or fisher can agree that a water tight dry duffle is a must-have. For all you offshore boaters, this dry duffle is the perfect ditch bag. The Yeti 50 Dry Duffle has multiple different strap set ups and wide cushioned straps that make it easy to get from the house or car to the boat. Durable thick skin nylon shell on the Yeti Panga gives it a long lasting lifetime.
Siren Marine Monitoring Tracking and Control (MTC) Device
Siren Marine has set the standard for boat security and monitoring for years and this year is no different. Their new MTC device has every base covered to make sure you can be at ease while being away. The device has an eternal antenna for cellular and GPS connectivity. With the entire accessory package you can do everything but drive it off the dock. Choose from monthly, seasonal or annual plans to put everything from checking your bilge levels, monitoring your shore power and battery levels, motion and pressure sensors and even turning on and off the A/C units all on your favorite device.
Garmin Quantix 5
If you have Garmin devices on your boat then you need to have the Garmin Quantix 5 on your wrist. This next generation smart watch caters to your every need from sailing to motor boating. It is compatible with all Garmin devices to stream speed, depth and wind. Onboard and connected and not at the helm, you still control where you are going with its autopilot feature that also allows you to add and course waypoints. Even when you’re not on the boat the Quantix 5 can improve your lifestyle with fitness tracking. Download the Garmin app to your phone and receive and send text, check your calendar, and check emails. The list of this watch’s capabilities goes on and on! I recommend checking out the details for yourself.
Last summer, we obtained a Sunfish sailboat and Harbourmaster Mark Dryden offered Junior Sailing Lessons. This year, back by popular demand, we obtained two Flying Scots, allowing us to expand this summer’s program.
This program was offered last month, just in time for our “Build It, Sail It” competition (August 6). This inaugural event requires some building supplies (cardboard box, duct tape), time and a little ingenuity! Members are challenged to put together a vessel that is human or wind powered to race the Harbour Center Staff’s (cardboard) boat. The course will be in the harbour. Winner takes all bragging rights! “The humblest craft that floats makes its appeal to a seaman by the faithfulness of her life.” -Joseph Conrad
To learn more about our Sailing Programs and Harbour Activities, contact the Harbour Center at (843) 686-8813.
This month’s issue highlights one of our most unique amenities – the harbour. Our inland harbour not only provides scenic views, but also lends itself to numerous outdoor activities and water sports. In this issue, you’ll learn more about our Yachting Clubs of America reciprocity, Harbour Town Yacht Club Partnership, one of your adventures neighbors, our upcoming sailing competition and more.
While boating is an incredibly popular activity in our community, you don’t have to own a boat to enjoy the harbour! The harbour is pretty versatile, it can be used for fishing, kayaking*, sail kayaking, paddleboarding*, pontoon tours, or even odd lazy cocktail cruise. These are just a few of the things we can use the harbor for. Swimming in the harbor however, is not recommended. *Wexford owns 5 paddleboards, 4 single kayaks and 2 double kayas for member us
Our harbour is pretty unique. We are the largest marina, by area, on the island; we have the second greatest number of slips (135), and if we add those docks behind houses we have the largest capacity over all, 280 berths. To learn more about our harbour, call (843) 686-8813.
Spring is on the way (no trust me, it really is) and we are starting to think more about all things nautical. New boats may be on the horizon, which will lead to a new set of adventures.
Take a look at these names: Knot on Call, Deep Ship and Unsinkable II. These are names I have seen in almost every port I have visited; my least favorite is “Unsinkable II;” it just tempts the fates (you already lost “Unsinkable”). As a sailor, I know better than to tempt any fate. Sailors are a superstitious bunch and boat names mean a lot to us. Part of the deal with my wife on getting a boat was that she could name it, but she had to follow the guidelines below.
As a boater, you have a rite of passage to christen your watercraft with a fitting name, and as the above examples show, this glorious tradition allows for a healthy dollop of creativity, humor and some whimsy.
Even though the options seem limitless, dreaming up just the right name can be stressful. After all, unlike celebrity children, boats cannot be called just anything. When your vessel’s name is prominently tattooed on its haunches, it’s got to leave a good impression in its wake. That’s exactly why it pays to have some help, a rudder on your route to tagging triumph.
Here are 5 easy guidelines to naming your next boat:
Think about safety Although I made a briny ballyhoo over the creative possibilities of naming your boat, there is a good reason to remain at least somewhat practical. In an emergency, you’ll need to be able to effectively relay your boat’s name to the Coast Guard and you don’t want any miscommunication (your life could depend on it). That’s why names with 1-2 syllables that roll off the tongue are typically the safest. While My Ex-Wife Got the Mansion or Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat might get you chuckles around the marina, you assume some added risk by choosing them. Try saying the boat name in the picture 3 times!
Avoid clichés If you’ve ever set foot on a dock, you’ve probably seen hackneyed handles such as Second Wind and Aquaholic floating by. Sure, these are easy fallbacks when naming your boat, but do they apply to you? I mean, are you truly an Aquahol connoisseur or merely a social boater? These are the tough questions you have to ask yourself. The best boat names reveal something unique about the boater. Especially if you’re new to the boating world, having a memorable, thoughtful name for your boat can be the best way to integrate yourself into the nautical community.
Consider a woman’s touch The best boat names don’t get too cute or force something jokey. If you are stuck, nothing is quite as tasteful or timeless as using a female name for your boat. Need more reason? Well, aside from the fact that every boat is a “she” at heart (just a core principle of maritime genetics), according to some experts, giving human traits to inanimate objects can inspire more responsible, attentive ownership — which could mean fewer costly repairs. Whether you are inspired by your wife, daughter, mother or grade-school lunch lady, naming your boat after an important woman in your life never goes out of style.
Watch how you portray yourself Just as driving a sports car with the vanity plate “SPD DMON” might grab a cop’s attention; naming your boat Feeling Nauti or 3 Sheets might get you unwanted attention from authorities like the Coast Guard, or simply repel fellow boaters who, frankly, aren’t feeling as nauti. By all means, be playful with your boat’s name — just remember that ultimately it’s a reflection of you.
Take your time It’s hard to wait with your boat just sitting there begging to be enjoyed. But you will regret a hasty name choice you are not proud of. Comb the depths of your mind for something that speaks to you, such as a favorite location or special detail about your watercraft. Even if it’s a word or phrase whose importance is a bit more cryptic — like an old pet’s name or obscure song lyric— that can be OK too (again, as long as it’s easy to say and fairly tasteful). The possibilities could fill an ocean, but you have to wade through some seaweed before you get to clear water.
This year’s holiday boat parade was the LARGEST to date! We had 11 boats decked in holiday cheer, including garland, mistletoe, Santa, snowmen…and of course – lights! Decorated boats were complete with costumes, festive cocktails and holiday treats. Twas certainly the best light show on the water yet!