Monday, April 18, 2011

Winning 2011 Charleston Race Week

Why Charleston has become the center of a great sailing event like the 2011 Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week is a great question that has a complex answer. Visiting with two couples from Ottowa, Canada that come to Charleston each year just to serve as race judges I was told the main reasons are 1)CRW supports a great cause 2)organizers aren't looking to make a reputation for themselves in a hurry and 3) some great racing conditions can be found in the port of Charleston. The SC Maritime Foundation is the cause that CRW supports, and board member Teddy Turner addressed the crowd at the Sunday Awards ceremony about how the Tall Ship Spirit of Charleston is being utilized to educate youth about our maritime heritage. With three inshore courses the CRW organizers are glad to have smaller classes of sailboats, which can translate into older boats and more affordability for visitors. The two offshore courses are where the more modern designed hulls are found, such as Big Booty's lighter kevlar make up, which excels in light wind conditions like the ones present on Sunday. When it comes down to the awards, winning at CRW is all about bragging rights and recognition by ones' peers, which allows everyone to come away feeling like a successful competitor.

To see the results from Race Week click here.

To view past blog entries for 2011 CRW click here.

To view past blog entries from Charleston Race Week click on 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 -2009

PhotosByJeffDennis: Sailboat hulls carry the CRW logo and ID numbers; Team Brickhouse won the Vineyard Vines best team award; Teddy Turner addresses the crowd on Sunday; Big Booty won first place in the PHRF A Division sailing on Race Circle three just north of the Charleston jetties and in front of Sullivan's Island


  1. Hey Jeff, the SC Maritime Foundation owns and operates Spirit of South Carolina.

  2. Thanks for clarifying that for blog readers!
    I did not intend for that to appear vague in my blog entry.


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