Dave Lowe learned to sail in 1984 in Murrells Inlet on a Sunfish, which gave him a quick and lasting appreciation for current, tide and wind conditions. In the thirty years since, he has owned and sailed small cruising sailboats up and down the coast from Beaufort, NC to Beaufort, SC, sailing offshore as well as “inside” on the waterway. He has had many great adventures exploring and camping along the way.
Dave has participated in many races with Southport Sailing. His favorite is the “no motor” race held each summer. Racers must row to their moored sailboats, then sail a ten-mile course on the Cape Fear River (with it’s ferocious tide/ current) without ever starting their motors, return to their moorings, then row ashore and ring the bell to officially finish . Dave has never won this race, but has placed, and received two pennants. Just to finish on time (4 hrs) is a worthy accomplishment.
Dave was hired to captain a 33-footer in a race against a New Zealand team in the Marlborough Sound of South Island. His team lost by only a meter on both heats. He has for many years chartered and captained large yachts in the BVI’s with up to ten passengers, never losing a one!
Dave has over 35 years experience teaching children in public, private, alternative and home school settings, and he has taught guitar technique to adults through Coastal Carolina University. Last summer Dave had a great time teaching kids to sail Opti’s at the SC Maritime Museum’s first ever sailing camp.