About the Yacht

Keelforce is a 2001 J120 actively sailed/raced in Charleston Harbor since January 2010. Production of J120’s began in 1994 and continued through calendar year 2006. Cruising World called the J120; “The ideal Racer Cruiser! The J120, unquestionably one of the best Racer Cruisers ever made. Easy to sail short-handed or with a full crew. Comfortable and well thought out below decks. Exceptional performance and construction earned J120 the distinction of being CRUISING WORLD magazine’s OVERALL BOAT OF THE YEAR and the BEST VALUE in a full-sized cruising boat.”

YACHT WORLD regards the J120 as; “the pinnacle cruiser/racer segment of the sailing world. With two comfortable separate staterooms, an easily managed rig and performance galore they have been cruised all over the world and raced everywhere.

However, Keelforce is more than a beautiful vessel and a comfortable ride. The boat places consistently in Charleston Ocean Racing Association’s A-Fleet. It is the only Charleston area boat to win Abaco Race Week (2012), the crew was second place in the 2013 U.S. Offshore Championship sailed aboard Navy 44’s at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, second place in the 2016 Conch Republic Cup sailed from Key West, Florida to Varadero, Cuba continuing on to Havana, Cuba ending with a race returning to Key West and most recently won the Pursuit Class in Charleston Race Week (2018).

Keelforce offers the flexibility of a fast ride around the buoys or a slow cruise on Charleston Harbor.

Laying the Keel

“Laying the Keel” is normally the first step signifying the beginning of a vessel’s construction. The Keel has two main functions; convert lateral movement of the wind into forward motion and provide stability to keep the boat upright. Our mission aboard Keelforce is to convert the wind, waves and local knowledge into a first-class experience aboard a proven performance cruiser.

Inside the Yacht

We’ve sailed & raced over 5,000 nautical miles on Keelforce. While we encourage you to stay on the deck for your charter, below deck features a dining and saloon area, galley, marine head and stateroom – one each fore and aft. With plenty of room to store your belongings, beverages and food, and relax.

Our Crew

Rick Moore
Rick MooreCaptain
Captain Rick has sailed & raced in Charleston and Southeastern waters for over thirty years. He also has extensive ocean passages/races to Bermuda, Bahamas and most recently Cuba. Rick’s licenses include 50 ton USCG Masters with a Sailing and Towing endorsement. He is also a FAA single and multi-engine, instrument, commercial rated pilot and a PADI Master Scuba Diver Instructor.
Ryan Hamm
Ryan HammTactician
Ryan “Coach” Hamm has been sailing since birth with a wide range of one design and keelboat experience. Since 2004 he has served as the Volunteer Coach of the James Island Charter High School Sailing Team. For his service to the school, Ryan was awarded the 2007 US Olympic Committee Volunteer Coach of the Year for the Sport of Sailing. Ryan is the Past Regional Champion in J24, Melges 24, Sunfish and Skipper of the 2013 Silver Medal US Sailing Offshore Championship Team. He is also one of only four US Sailing Certified Regional Race Officers in South Carolina.
Brad Law
Brad Law Engineer
Brad has raced and cruised in and around Charleston, Bermuda, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Cuba, Antigua and Newport. Sharing lots of adventures and experiences with Captain Rick for the last 25 years on many different sailboats.
He can fill any position on the boat from Fore-deck to Helmsman, and is an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician. This comes in handy during routine maintenance and repairs while underway. Brad has also been Captain of his on 50-foot Ketch Shenanigan for 14 years and is a PADI certified Scuba Diver.
Kate O’Donnell
Kate O’Donnell Executive Instructor
Kate grew up sailing in New England and made her way to Charleston where she has been racing with Captain Rick ever since. She is a passionate sailing coach and the Sailing Director for the local Carolina Yacht Club. She has extensive experience in a variety of cruising and racing fleets, both inshore and offshore. Her industry work includes professional sail repair and program and regatta management. She is at home anywhere from the helm to the bow on the boat and welcomes new challenges on the water.

Get in Touch

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