Registration Continues Record Pace For 2010 Charleston Race Week

As the days get longer and temperatures climb, the number of entries for 2010 Charleston Race Week climbs with them. Already almost 100 boats are signed up, well ahead of last year's pace that produced a record fleet of over 170 competing teams.
Jan. 29, 2010 - PRLog -- CHARLESTON, SC  – As the days get longer and temperatures climb, the number of entries for 2010 Charleston Race Week (CRW) climbs with them.  Already almost 100 boats are signed up, well ahead of last year's pace that produced a record fleet of over 170 competing teams.

"We love to see old names pop up on the entry list, so many of the racers become like family to our staff and volunteers over the years," said Race Director Randy Draftz. "But as we've grown over the past three years, we've been immensely gratified to meet so many fun, new competitors and help them get to know how great our waters are."  

View the official entry list is here.

Early Registration Discount Available for Only Four More Days

Today's times require boat owners to squeeze as much fun out of every racing dollar they spend, and Charleston Race Week's staff works hard to help, including a substantial early registration discount that expires Sunday, January 31.  "We say 'if you know you're coming, why pay more?’” said manager of logistics Danny Havens.  Racers can take advantage of early registration and save $50 by going to the official registration page here.

The event has maintained entry fees at 2007 levels for three years now, and provides block discounts for hotels as well as free launch and haul locations via ramp or crane for smaller, trailerable boats.  The event continues to offer free storage for trailerable boats under 30 feet from January 1st until Charleston Race Week begins on April 8th.  "The storage at Azalea is secure and saves me a couple hundred dollars every year," said Michigan Melges 24 owner Paul Hulsey. "That savings more than pays for the party at the resort; which nobody should miss." A storage contract must be signed to take advantage of the free offer. Details can be found here.

New in 2010 is a free storage solution for the larger Melges 32 sportboats at Pierside Boatworks' secure yard.  Pierside will also launch and haul Melges 32s for a discounted rate, and Melges 32 teams wishing to take advantage of free storage should contact them directly at (843) 554-7775.

Book a hotel room at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina where all the festivities will be taking place and ensure a place to call home each night after the races and beach parties. Book now at and use the CRW code, SCMARACE.

Handicap and One-Design Racing Equally Strong for 2010

Charleston Race Week is widely acknowledged to have some of the closest handicap racing of any major regatta.  "We've got lots of closely matched bands of boats every year, and our PHRF handicap committee ensures that handicaps and splits make sense for the best possible racing experience," Draftz said. IRC handicap racers are welcome, and for the first time, a mixed sportboat class is an option.  "There are some great designs floating around that are perfect for our offshore circles," Havens said. "Solid sea breeze and offshore swell mean fast rides for fast rides, and we're excited to see boats like the Viper 830, Melges 32, Flying Tiger, and Henderson 30 get together for some great racing against similar boats."

Already the one-design fleets are gearing up for battle, with big fleets guaranteed amongst returning classes like the J/24, J/80 and Melges 24, while relative newcomers like the Viper 640 and Melges 20 expect extremely strong turnout.  "I'm looking forward to my fourth CRW, absolutely my favorite regatta on the East Coast," said Viper owner David Furna.  "I tell everyone I race with that Charleston is one of the 'must do' regattas, and I can't wait!"

A great story is the return of the Tripp 26 Class to Charleston, with five of these quick and well-regarded raceboats entered so far, from as far as Ontario, Canada.  "The last place the Tripp 26 had a one-design start was probably here back in 2006," said Tom Freeman, the Canadian owner of 'Slapshot.' "This is my fifth or sixth Charleston Race Week, and one of the best parts of the event is sailing outside the harbor in some waves and nice breeze."  But the real treat to Tom is the power reach back to the dock after racing.  "With the afternoon sea breeze pumping and the incoming tide ripping, we've seen 12 knots over the ground as we eat sandwiches and drink beer on the way to the party.  Some folks complain about the distance to the offshore courses, but we think it's a bonus!"  With a handful of these fun boats scattered around the Southeast, Freeman hopes to see at least three more teams register in the next month.

Win a Three-Day Sail aboard a Classic Schooner

All net proceeds earned from Charleston Race Week support the nonprofit South Carolina Maritime Foundation, which owns and operates the ‘Spirit of South Carolina’ tall ship. The Foundation offers effective, unique educational opportunities for the students aboard the ‘Spirit.’ The Foundation is kicking off 2010 by hosting a sponsorship drive for its summer scholarship fund with a phenomenal, once-in-a-lifetime prize: a three-day, two-night sail aboard the ‘Spirit’ for the winner and 17 of their closest friends.  Room and board aboard the 140-foot traditional gaff-rigged schooner are included, but transportation is the responsibility of the winner, and the cruise will take place in either Boston in August, Rhode Island in September or Charleston in fall of 2010,  at the winner's election.

Each $25 ticket supports the Spirit Ocean Adventure Scholarship fund, and the winner will be drawn and announced on the final day of Charleston Race Week on April 11, 2010. Corporate entries are welcome!  Entry details and tickets can be purchased online here.

About Charleston Race Week

Charleston Race Week is an event of the South Carolina Maritime Foundation and the Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA). Profits from the event support educational programs aboard the Spirit of South Carolina, a classic tall ship serving South Carolina’s youth.  Charleston Race Week is sponsored by Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, the Town of Mt. Pleasant, Charleston Boatworks and Azalea Moving & Storage. Visit for more information, including online entry, Notice of Race, shoreside events schedules and housing and logistical information.  Visit to learn more about the South Carolina Maritime Foundation's programs.

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