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Charleston Race Week Bigger than Ever

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SAIL’s Best Around the Buoys contest winner Team InfraRed will be in good company at this year’s Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week. InfraRed's Bryan Huntley and crew from Sandusky, OH, will be one team out of an expected 290-boat fleet to race in Charleston later this month. In fact, registration for the regatta, now in its 18th year, just passed 300.

This marks the sixth consecutive year of significant growth, with a 15 percent increase from 2012. Event Director Randy Draftz attributes much of Charleston Race Week's success to its host city's reputation.

Check out highlights from last year's race week:

"We're very fortunate to have one of the most desirable sailing venues in the country," Draftz says. "In addition, Charleston's hospitality unsurpassed."

Charleston Race Week's 18 classes are diverse, including everything from smaller sport boats, like the Melges 20 and Viper 640s to larger offshore keelboats. Competitors are mostly from around the U.S., with several from other countries. Some are in it to win, others for the experience. America's Cup racers, Olympic medalists, and world champions will mingle with recreational skippers, including a physically disabled man and his wife who bought their 41-foot racer for $1.

This year’s regatta will take place April 18-21. For details, visit charlestonraceweek.com.

Photo courtesy of Meredith Block/Charleston Race Week

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