Charleston Race Week Preview
When Marlene Plumley is spotted walking through the hotel lobby at 6 a.m. wearing a wetsuit, you know race week has arrived. Plumley is well known along the East Coast as a professional diver specializing in bottom cleaning racing sailboats for major regattas. The Annapolis resident was on site at first light on Thursday morning at the Charleston Harbor Marina and Resort.
That’s because a large contingent of the 259 boats entered in Sperry Charleston Race Week 2019 were heading out on the water to practice for the prestigious three-day regatta. There was a flurry of activity on the docks throughout the morning as crew members delivered sails and performed boat set-up.
“Charleston Race Week has really turned into a big-time event. I love coming here every year,” said Brian Keane, skipper of the J/70 Savasana. “I think Charleston is the most unique venue in the country because the combination of current and wind is very challenging. Every day, every race, is a little different.”
Action in the 24th edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week gets underway on Friday with seven separate race cours being set on the Cooper River and out in the Atlantic Ocean. A new racing area located just south of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge has been created to accommodate the exciting M32 catamarans, which are making their debut at this iconic event.