Sperry Topsider signed on as the title sponsor for Charleston Race Week as the preeminent early season regatta on the East Coast nearly doubled in size from last year. According to Harbormaster Stan Jones he has nearly 200 boats in port at his Charleston Harbor Marina and believes the combination of marina, beach and ample parking makes this venue unique. Media liason Dan Dickison said that the Melges fleet is the largest of the 2011 CRW. There are 20 Melges sailboats in the 20-foot class and their are an amazing 47 sailboats in the 24-foot class. Friday's racing included four Melges races, as opposed to the routine three races on opening day, because the CRW race committee was trying to get in an as many races as possible before the forecasted squally weather on Saturday. Full results from Friday can be found on YachtScoring. Friday night's beach party featured a live band, a mahi mahi supper and a Gosling's rum open bar. Kudos to Sarah Piwinski and her staff of the S.C. Maritime organization for putting on such a class event with flawless execution.
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PhotoBySuziDuRant: Melges class race from Friday 4/15/11
PhotosByJeffDennis: Fun images from the Shoreside Beach Party on Friday night, including the Sperry beach store!