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Local Sailing Club Partners with Blackbaud for Second Annual Military Salute Regatta

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The Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA), in partnership with presenting sponsor Blackbaud, will hold the second annual Military Salute Regatta on Saturday July 2, 2022, 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. The event aims to honor all active military and veterans that have served our great country to get them involved in sail racing—free of cost and with no prior sailing experience required. The Military Salute Regatta will feature and support two local sailing organizations that focus on military, Veterans on Deck and Warrior Sailing.

The Charleston Ocean Racing Association executive committee is excited to continue their outreach in the community—specifically to active military and veterans to salute their efforts and sacrifices for our community and country. “The ability to freely participate in a sport we are so passionate about is due in large part to the sacrifices of our military,” said Eddie Evans, CORA Commodore. “We value the opportunity to share the sport with them in an attempt to show our appreciation.”

“We are honored to sponsor CORA’s Military Salute Regatta for the second year,” said Mike Gianoni, president and CEO, Blackbaud. “Our active military and veterans are such an integral part of the Charleston community, and this is just one way for us to celebrate them, with the help of CORA, Veterans on Deck and Warrior Sailing. We had a great event last year and hope to welcome even more participants this year.”

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. A special evening of awards and food will take place after the regatta from 4–7:30 pm featuring the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and fireworks at the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

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

Sailboat and Military may register here: https://charlestonoceanracing.com/racing/2022-military-salute-regatta

For more information on sponsorships and how you can get involved, email Kristen Buckley treasurer@charlestonoceanracing.com.

About CORA

The Charleston Ocean Racing Association is a volunteer run, 501c3 nonprofit organization. It was formed in 1967 and endeavors to foster a passion for sailing. Its mission is to promote, organize, and conduct competitive sailboat racing year-round in Charleston harbor and offshore waters as a premier racing destination in the Southeast. For more information on the Charleston Ocean Racing Association, visit www.charlestonoceanracing.com or the CORA Facebook

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