Monday, April 20, 2015

2015 Charleston Race Week - Sunday Sailing / Results

Sunday races as viewed from Demetre Park on J.I.
Day Three of the 20th Anniversary of Charleston Race Week saw overcast skies persist over Charleston Harbor. Due to almost losing the entire day on Saturday, the Sunday start time was moved up an hour to 10 a.m. and while the breeze was plenty fresh, the entire weekend lacked any really stiff winds. Of course, that's just a part of racing and that's why every year unfolds differently for those who watch the CRW format over time. Sailing tactics are generally rewarded in the end and the most skilled and gifted sailors are likely to leave home Sunday afternoon with the awards in tow. For more in depth coverage of the 2015 CRW click on results or video.

CRW Press release: The action out on the six race courses that made up this event proved a true challenge for Charleston area sailors as the majority of the nearly 300 entries were from out of town and out of state. And some of the best finishes were posted by teams from out of the country. 

In the 83-boat J/70 class (22-foot boats) Julian Fernandez Neckleman’s crew on board his Flojito y Cooperando from Mexico City dominated the competition with superb driving and excellent tactical calls by Americans Bill Hardesty and Willem Van Waay. Second place in that mega class went to the Oslo, Norway-based team on Norwegian Steam led by Eivind Astrup. The top American boat, which finished third, was Jud Smith and his crew on board Africa out of Marblehead, Mass. 

In the 22-boat Melges 22 Class, which was contesting its 2015 National Championships event here, Alexi Michas and his Midnight Blue crew from Long Island City, NY proved victorious. They not only won this class and their boat’s national championship by seven points over their nearest competitor, they also walked away with the Charleston Race Week Trophy, which is the overall award for the top performing boat in the most competitive one-design class at the regatta.

The Palmetto Cup, which is awarded to the top performing boat among all of the handicap rated entries, which sailed on the offshore courses, was Robin Team’s Teamwork, a J/122 out of North Carolina. 

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

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

Happy sailor from Sunday awards at Chas. Harbor Marina

Vineyard Vines staffers look SHARP at CRW

Palmetto Cup and Gosling's Old Rum!

The fellow on the left just realized that Race Week
doesn't last forever

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