Our trip to Charleston happen to coincide with Charleston Race Week 2011 and we were in the thick of things.
While we are NOT racers, it was very kewl to see all the boats, crews, prep work, vendors, party and overall race venue. Pro's and armatures from all over the country showed up accompanied by a few international teams including my Italian buddies up the dock from us.
With 274 boat, we were told that this has officially become the largest regatta in the country edging out Key West Race Week.
Very kewl indeed.
Some cruising boats raced, leaving all their "comforts" on the dock to lighten the load. This stuff belongs to Franz, a dockmate in Savannah who sailed up to race in the offshore series.
Damages were inevitable. Our dock mate s/v Diesel - a Melges 22 snapped their spinnaker pole, rushing in, repaired it and headed back out to continue the battle.
World famous sailing photographer Billy Black showed up to shoot all the action so keep and eye our for his pics - no doubt coming to a sailing magazine near you soon.
Those who are further interested should check out the Charleston Race Week web site or YouTube for details, pics, videos, etc....