A Breezy Charleston Race Week

Author:
Updated:
Original:
You couldn’t ask for better sailing than off Charleston Harbor this past April

You couldn’t ask for better sailing than off Charleston Harbor this past April

A big fleet and plenty of wind make for top-flight sailing

Even the best regattas occasionally get skunked for wind, but not this year in Charleston for the city’s annual race week. For 2017, the spring classic not only boasted a 200-plus fleet, but steady breezes that made for some spectacular sailing, especially for the larger boats competing on the regatta’s offshore circles.

As always, the one-design contingent was an especially strong one, with a fleet of 19 J/24s taking part as well as 13 VX Ones, a score of Melges 24s and a whopping 72 J/70s. In fact, the turnout of smaller keelboats has now become so strong that organizers elected to add a fourth racing circle to already crowded Charleston Harbor.

Equally important, the regatta also included a two-dozen-strong contingent of racer-cruisers mixing things up in a pair of pursuit-race sections, one with spinnakers and one without. Winner of the former section was the Beneteau M510 Celadon, owned by Steve Lesniak, followed by Denny Manrique’s Wauquiez Centurion 40 Island Flyer in second and John Streicker’s NY40 Defiant in third.

Winning the non-spinnaker section was former Beneteau USA president Wayne Burdick’s Beneteau 411 Marion Maid, followed by Timothy Vienneau’s Beneteau 456 Peregrine and Scott Strother’s Sabre 30 Destiny. Bottom line: even for those who are new to racing, there’s no better place to shake off the winter cobwebs than the Palmetto State.

For more on the regatta, including complete results, visit charlestonraceweek.com.

Photo courtesy CRW/Tim Wilkes

July 2017

Related

Shelly-forward-last-day

Charter Advice for First-Timers

Never chartered? No worries. A vacation under sail can be the most memorable time of your life. That said, it also pays to be prepared by doing some reading, building your skills and listening to what the experts say. First and foremost, not all charter grounds are created ...read more

HugoBoss

Video: Vendeé Update

Last week Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) led the fleet across the equator. As one of the class' top sailors who's been on the Vendeé Podium twice, it seemed possible that Thomson was going to grab an early lead and hold on to it all the way around the world. But early on Saturday, he ...read more

AdobeStock_229409051

Chartering Again for the First Time

It’s been a rocky road of late for the charter industry, especially here in the Western Hemisphere. First came hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean followed by Dorian in the Bahamas. There has also, of course, been the coronavirus, which burst into global prominence ...read more

01 LEAD cedaryachtclub_onedesign18_hike

An Interview with Ayme Sinclair

In recent months, US Sailing, like many organizations, has been taking a closer look at diversity to ensure it’s doing the best job it can of introducing people from all backgrounds and ethnicities to the sport. As part of this effort, this past summer it organized an online ...read more

125768940_10222759720523627_5373654001582879638_n

US Sailing Presents Adaptive Sailing Panel

On Tuesday, November 24, US Sailing’s Leadership Forum will present the latest panel discussion in their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series. This event will focus on adaptive sailing and provide practical recommendations for organizations looking to expand their adaptive ...read more

02-IMG_5971

A Carbon Neutral Circumnav with Jimmy Cornell

Historic anniversaries have always held a special fascination for me, especially if they mark a significant nautical achievement. In 1992, on the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ would-be voyage to India, I organized a transatlantic rally that followed the historic route of the ...read more

DJI_0068

SAIL Podcast: Jimmy Cornell’s Carbon-free Circumnav

In this episode of Point of SAIL, Principal Editor Adam Cort talks with bestselling author and pioneering bluewater sailor Jimmy Cornell, who set out November 19 on yet another circumnavigation aboard a newly designed, carbon-neutral Outremer 4Zero catamaran. The voyage, which ...read more

emirates-600x

Emirates Team New Zealand Splashes the last of the AC75s

Emirates Team New Zealand unveiled its second-generation AC75 yesterday, joining the other three America's Cup teams with boats in the water. In just over 100 days, this boat will attempt to defend the Cup for the Kiwis, but there's plenty of racing between now and then, with ...read more