Friday, April 11, 2014

2014 Charleston Race Week - Sailing Begins

Friday Offshore Course Race Start

The calendar changes to April 2014, but the venue remains the same, as Charleston Harbor comes to life with the largest sailing regatta on the East Coast. The 2014 Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week is held out of the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, under the watchful eye of dockmaster Kelley Poe. Race Director Randy Drafts looks over the on-the-water action, which includes presiding over multiple classes of sailboats competing simultaneously over five courses, including three inshore and two offshore. The strong winds from Thursday subsided and shifted just a bit on Friday, but all races were able to be conducted in good order. Riding on a 44-foot cabin cruiser to the offshore course with the media photographers, afforded me a close up look at the action alongside the tournament committee boats. The Charleston Race Week schedule began with a Gosling's Rum beach party on Thursday night, and continues with more onshore activities each evening until the CRW awards on Sunday afternoon. And make plans to get on the water to view the regatta on Saturday  and Sunday.

To view past blog entries from Charleston Race Week click on 2013201220112010, and 2009.

Lots of color out there on the ocean!

Media Coordinator Dan Dickison and CRW intern

The Gosling's Rum first family and friends

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