Joseph “Joey” Chomyn, 17

Isle of Palms, South Carolina

Joey Chomyn, the kind and beloved son of June and John J. Chomyn of the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, died Saturday evening, Aug. 11, 2018, in a power boating accident near Limehouse Bridge on the Stono River in Johns Island, South Carolina. His body was recovered early Monday, Aug. 13.

Joey was born on July 22, 2001 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Having been raised on the coast of Freeport, Maine, Joey could be seen from an early age lobstering and motoring to sailing lessons at the Harraseeket Yacht Club, where he was a leader within their youth sailing program.

The sport of sailing was a passion, with Joey winning the Club 420 State of Maine Championship by the age of 13, various club championships, and sailing recreationally and within competitive races throughout the Northeast Junior Sailing circuit.

Joey became an integral part of the James Island Yacht Club sailing program in Charleston, S.C., where he served as an instructor and was well known within the local sailing community. Most recently he competed in the triple-handed event at the 2018 U.S. Junior Sailing Championships held Aug. 6-10 in La Salle, Michigan.

Joey, as a rising senior at Porter-Gaud School, in Charleston, excelled as an honor student and in sports as a member of state championship lacrosse teams, track-and-field teams, and as captain of the sailing team. Joey’s innate talents provided him the ability to sheepishly play various musical instruments to the delight of his family and friends.

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