2010 Charleston Race Week is just around the corner, and the South Carolina Maritime Foundation (SCMF) and Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA) are proud to announce that they’ve already broken another attendance record with two weeks still to go before the first race. “We’re once again very grateful to see so much support for Race Week and for our city,” said SCMF CEO Will Haynie. “Registration is almost over and soon we get to the fun part – seeing 1,500 sailors enjoying our beautiful waterways and Charleston’s legendary hospitality.”
With 180 entries on the scratch sheet as of Wednesday, the South’s largest regatta is again raising the bar, with a second consecutive year and the fourth out of five with a record entry list. Haynie attributes the event’s success in the face of tough economic times to various factors. “Charleston Race Week has been the beneficiary of people needing to make hard choices with their time and money these days,” Haynie said. “This event has proved to be a great value, with the three things that sailors crave most: Good weather, reliable wind, and great parties.”
After crewing for two years on other Melges 24s, making the decision to bring their own boat was easy this year for August and Zac Hernandez, the owners of High Voltage. “A lot of the good Melges 24 sailors from the US are part of [CRW]. After getting to know the other 24 guys and finding out what races they signed up for, making the decision for Charleston this year was pretty easy,” stated Zac.
Race Locally, Race Globally
Race Week’s origin as a regional PHRF regatta hasn’t been lost with the event’s growth, and alongside Southeast-based PHRF and one-design teams is a large contingent of teams from around the country and around the globe The well-traveled Southern Cross 52 Vincitore never seems to stop in one place for long, with a crew that includes many New Zealanders and a home port in Switzerland Germany’s Christof Wieland will be racing in the Melges 24 class for the second straight year, and Canada is well represented with Viper 640 String Theory and longtime CRW competitor Slapshot in the Tripp 26. This is the first start anywhere in more than two years for the Tripp 26 class. International boats are no new factor to CRW, however; last year’s event showed an equally strong international presence with boats from France, Ireland, Germany, and the UK.
Closer to home, boats from 19 states will face off in Charleston. The Texans are hoofing it across the South Coast with nine J/Boats and Vipers, and the Midwest, Northeast, and West Coast are all well represented in the hot ‘sportboat’ fleets, which make up more than half of all entries.
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