Sperry Charleston Race Week 2019 is Open for Business!
Registration is now open for the country’s premier multi-class regatta! Register early to save $100, as well as event ticket discounts.
You can also get Charleston Harbor Resort room discounts through Dec. 31st!
The event is based on a winning formula - three days of superb competition, top-flight race management, four nights of beach parties, and post-race debriefs.
Convenient launch and haul-outs will again be available at various locations.
Save the date for a “regatta unlike any other” - April 11-14, 2019. Details, NOR and registration link at charlestonraceweek.com.
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It's a Wrap!
There was an interesting dynamic taking place on the docks of Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina Sunday morning.
Some of the boats competing in Sperry Charleston Race Week 2018 were getting ready to go racing with sailors pulling on foul weather gear in anticipation of heavy air and rough seas. Meanwhile, a bunch of other boats were in breakdown mode with sailors packing up gear and carrying sails down the dock.
That unique dichotomy was the result of a split decision by event organizers in response to a severe storm that was due to hit Charleston on Sunday afternoon. After carefully reviewing weather reports and consulting with overall principal race officer Hank Stuart, event director Randy Draftz decided to conduct racing for certain classes while cancelling the final day of action for others.
Sperry Charleston Race Week organizers announced in the morning that competition in nine of the 10 one-design classes along with ORC C, which is comprised of smaller sportboats. Meanwhile, Stuart and his team elected to allow the two Pursuit Race classes to complete a condensed course out into the Atlantic Ocean and back. Meanwhile, the three classes on Circle 5 (J/105, ORC A, ORC B) came into Charleston Harbor for a windward-leeward course of approximately nautical miles.
Draftz said the main reason for cancelling competition for the smaller boats was concern about the haul out process. Draftz had to consider the possibility of a severe thunderstorm hitting Charleston just as boats were beginning to be lifted out of the water and put onto trailers.
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