It’s been a few lean years for regattas around the world due to the pandemic, but racing is back and Charleston Race Week should definitely be on your must-do regatta list.
The 2021 event, although smaller than pre-covid years, was a success and demonstrated why sailors come back year after year. They come for the warm weather, high caliber racing among eighteen classes, professional management, educational opportunities and social aspects. There were many newcomers as well, including Kevin McNeil, Farr 30 Seabiscuit skipper. “I thought it was a great regatta. The race committee work was outstanding, everyone was very welcoming, and the weather couldn’t be any more beautiful,” said McNeil. “It truly was champagne sailing.”
Organizers have found a formula for success that has helped the event grow and why it attracts sailors from around the world. They listen to what sailors want. “Our steering committee examines trends in the sport and listens to comments from participants in previous editions,” said Randy Draftz, event director. “We’re always looking to add value for our participants.” Several new features added in recent years are a new hybrid pursuit course for offshore boats, additional boat classes, charter boats, a pro-am regatta and having professionals on the courses giving commentary for online viewing and for post-race debriefs. This helps participants become better sailors.
Race Week will be held April 20-23 in America’s #1 destination city. It’s the perfect opportunity to combine world-class racing with a family vacation. Competitors can register at charlestonraceweek.com or yachtscoring.com and if you register by Jan. 31 you will save $100. Experience Charleston Race Week and you’ll see why it’s billed as “a regatta unlike any other.” ■