Charleston Race Week Registration Open; Drawing More Offshore Boats

Organizers of the upcoming Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week (April 19-22) are luring captains and crews from around the country to create a fabulous weekend of racing. What has become the country’s fastest growing regatta in recent years is on track for another year of record attendance. As of early February, 193 boats had registered from all over the U.S. and Canada, with 54 of those signing up during the final week of January.

Last year, 234 boats competed on Charleston Harbor, the largest fleet ever assembled in the 15-year history of this regatta. For 2012, organizers within Charleston Ocean Racing Association – the event’s organizing authority – are making plans to accommodate additional growth. In the thick of those plans is Brian Swan, a longtime Charleston racer who is co-coordinating logistics for the event’s steering committee.“We’re not surprised to see such a big number of entries at this stage,” explained Swan. “Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week has become a bucket-list event for racers across the country, and we all know how popular Charleston is. Conde Nast Traveler magazine named it the No. 1 destination in the U.S. not long ago.”

Swan notes that the event’s popularity doesn’t just appeal to the owners of trailerable one-design sailboats such as the Melges 24 and the Viper 640. “We’re seeing very strong interest from the larger offshore boats, and when you couple that with the huge participation of smaller boats, it adds up to a logistical challenge.”

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