Sailing teams completed Charleston Race Week by one p.m. on Sunday in beautiful sailing conditions that are sure to spread word to other sailors about our fine Lowcountry waters. Some division races went down to the wire, while some results were not too surprising, but everyone joined together again at The Charleston Harbor Resort for fellowship and the awards ceremony that got underway about 4:30 p.m. Brad Van Liew with the Maritime Foundation announced the daily race winners for Saturday and Sunday, awarding low ball glasses etched with the Charleston Race Week logo to the top three places in each division. Race Director Randy Draftz proceeded to give out the cumulative awards for the three-day Race Week, with the first place prize of an etched glass bottle and glasses with a bottle of Gosling Rum. Two special awards were saved for last with the awarding of the Palmetto Cup and the one-design perpetual trophy. Merchandise sales during the event were very strong, and the quality of the entire event from the far-flung field of competitors to the first-class shoreside events, demonstrates that sailing may well be "recession-proof." One example is William Hellings and crew sailing on the White Flash, home-ported in St. Augustine, Florida. Mrs. Linda Hellings said, "They sailed the boat here for Charleston Race Week and experienced terrible ocean conditions. My husband and I have been sailing together for 21 years and we have it in our blood. It is a good and healthy sport, and I enjoy the lifestyle because we get to see a lot of different places. The people associated with sailing are great and the parties are even better." White Flash started well on Friday but dropped to "mid-pack" by Sunday, but the Hellings still enjoyed the event and the adventures just the same as if they had won their division. All results can be viewed at www.charlestonraceweek.com.
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Photos By Jeff Dennis: a sailor all the way from Norway takes home a fine sailing print, the first place award in each division was a vessel of distinction etched with the Charleston Race Week logo, Captain Robin Team and the crew of Teamwork accept the Palmetto Cup perpetual trophy for the first overall winner in the PHRF class plus Raymarine electronics and a bottle of Gosling Old Rum. Congrats from Lowcountryoutdoors.com to Teamwork!