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On Sunday evening, Charleston Yacht Club, the City Marina MegaDock, and a handful of exclusive yachts swung their doors (and hatches) open wide for supporters of Communities in Schools,

a private nonprofit dropout prevention agency that connects needed community resources to schools to help at-risk students graduate from high school and become equipped for life beyond the classroom.

My wife, Elisabeth, and I hardly got out of the rain and into the door at the club before we saw our dear friend Jennie Hood, who serves on the Yacht Affair Committee and who first made us aware and invited us to the event. Jennie was there with practically her entire family, and speaking of family, just steps away we toasted Vitré Ravenel and Cal Stephens, who just spent the day registering after becoming engaged hardly two weeks ago during what may be the most romantic proposal I’ve ever heard (but I won’t spill the beans—you’ll have to ask them).

After mingling awhile inside and sampling the tasty fare of some fine Charleston chefs, we braved the damp weather to tour the yachts. A few steps down the dock, we boarded the Frolic, and caught up with Captain Rob Robertson. He and his wife, Martha Ann, filled us in on “the rest of the story” after Rob’s and my crazy day aboard the Frolic with the Darby sisters, who proved to be the life of the party during Charleston Race Week.

We missed seeing Frank Lynch aboard the always elegant Innisfail, but hospitable and amiable first mate Hunter Craig showed us around and filled us in on some of the exciting plans for the stunning wooden Art Deco vessel. From there we visited another half dozen boats ranging from the classic 1963 Trumpy Blue Moon to Viking’s new ultramodern 75-foot luxury yacht, all decked out in teak and plush leather.

Back to the clubhouse, we caught the tail end of the results from the silent auction, caught up with a few more friends, and swayed briefly to The Carolina Cruisers. While leaving, it was heartwarming to reflect for a moment on how many Charlestonians braved the foul weather to benefit this worthy cause.

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