Friday, April 15, 2016

2016 Charleston Race Week - Sailing Begins

Sailing in the light rain on Friday at race start
Dark'N'Stormy weather on Friday
Sailors from the Northeast and from around the world are joined in competition at the 21st edition of Charleston Race Week. Some say that the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina is among the best facilities for a large-scale regatta such as this one with 250 sailboats. A breezy couple of week in the Holy City is forecast to continue the entire race weekend, and inclement weather settled in overnight Thursday and into Friday morning. A weather front creating 10-foot waves offshore forced race director Randy Draftz to announce that Friday sailing in the offshore waters was cancelled.

The inshore racing went on as scheduled at 11 a.m., but it is unclear if the winds will allow any sailing later into the day, when small craft advisories are forecast to be posted. Winds could reach 30 miles per hour Friday afternoon, and with cloudy and wet weather, the temperatures are only in the 50's. Sailors were dressed in full foul weather gear and it felt cold out on the water. Saturday and Sunday are forecast to be warmer and sunnier. The Friday evening Beach Party begins at 6 p.m. sponsored by Gosling's Rum, Vineyard Vines and title sponsor Sperry shoes!

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

Spinnaker deployed to maximize a downwind run

Fisherman that buzzed by - dressed for the weather

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