Sunday, April 19, 2015

2015 Charleston Race Week - Shoreside Social Photos

Youthful spirit on display at CRW
Team Sperry is the CRW Title Sponsor
The format for Charleston Race Week includes four days of fellowship and three days of racing. After heavy mist and damp conditions on Thursday night, the weather has been constantly improving for the Friday night and Saturday night shoreside beach parties. This is when sailors can relax after a day of racing, and some folks report coming back a little 'beat up' by a day spent on the water. Good food, and  spirits from Gosling's Rum of Bermuda are always the right equation for recharging. Add live music, sailing videos and sponsors like Sperry and Vineyard Vines on hand, and their is a positive energy to this gathering where sand is beneath your feet and pelicans and seagulls cross overhead.

I have been fortunate to meet many friendly folks over the pat seven year of blog coverage for CRW, and was especially pleased to meet the crew of Dog Party, after photographine their 29-foot J-boat on the offshore course on Friday. This 7-man crew has been sailing together for 20 years, and their hometown is in Canada, above Nova Scotia. They hail from Charlottetown, PEI, Canada - which is home to the Prince Edward Island (PEI) mussels that seafood lovers are so fond of. This team includes the three McKenna brothers who love every inch of their 8.8-meter sailing vessel. after coming up empty in the awards department at their first CRW in 2014, they returned this year to compete again!

The Vineyard Vines Whale Tale Band
The story of sailors returning to Charleston again and again for CRW is one of the reasons that make this 20th anniversary year the largest edition so far. The field is getting bigger, and the event's reputation is growing as well, drawing competitors from as far away as Europe. The famous Southern hospitality of the Holy City is always on display at the shoreside beach parties and that is just one part of the reason that sailors return with families and friends to enjoy Charleston Race Week.

To view past blog entires from 2015 Charleston Race Week click on Saturday - Friday

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

Team Dog Party owners and family
Friday Night at Race Week

Saturday night beach party

CRW is a family affair

Team Shaka is all about a Saturday night salute

Touch To Play keeps it Dark 'N' Stormy

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