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Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1

by Charleston Race Week on 12 Apr 2014
Three of the top five skippers in the Melges 20 Class are in their early 20s the light quick sportboat seems to like a youthful touch. © Meredith Block http://www.blocksail.com/
2014 Charleston Race Week - South Carolina’s shining sun and crystal clear skies welcomed nearly 300 teams to Charleston Harbor for the 19th edition of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week today. With a moderate southerly wind allowing for three to four ideal races, Steve and Heidi Benjamin (Norwalk, CT) and their crew aboard the ultra-high-performance Carkeek 40 'Spookie,' used their light-air prowess to take three first-place finishes in the High Performance Rule Class. The competition in this group, which includes some of the fastest monohulls for their size ever built is fierce. But that appears to be a constant theme across the 16 classes that make up the regatta’s fleet.

On board 'Spookie,' navigator Bora Gulari of Detroit, Mich., gave credit to the braintrust in the back of the boat. 'We’ve got a great afterguard on the boat, and Heidi put the boat in good spots.' 'There’s never a minute to relax though – one bad maneuver and the rest of the fleet will pass you before you know what happened.'


The HPR Class tried something new for this year. The group’s final race of the day sent the boats around the conventional windward-leeward course, and then back ashore through the Charleston Harbor jetties, past Fort Sumter, and all the way to the finish line at Patriot’s Point. Gulari said this middle-distance addition was a welcome change. 'These boats sail so much faster than they can go under engine power, and it’s ten times more fun to race back to the harbor than it is to drive a motorboat back.'

Another grand prix raceboat – the brand new Farr 280 'Chessie Racing,' leads her PHRF B class by three points over perennial Charleston stalwart Gerry Taylor on the Cape Fear 38 'Tangent' – this despite the fact that the sparkling new 'Chessie' had never even touched the water before Wednesday. 'We’re working through a few teething issues, but we had an absolute blast on the water today,' said skipper Ian Gordon. 'This class had plenty of tight racing with similarly sized boats all finishing within a short space, and we definitely feel like we earned our results.'


The Pursuit Class, particularly those boats sailing in the non-spinnaker divisions may lack carbon fiber and other high-tech accoutrement, but the racers certainly don’t lack spirit. Sailing with a mostly family crew on board his Soverel 36 yawl 'Houzee,' Francisco Davilas looked like a sure thing for the wire-to-wire victory in today’s single race until fellow Charlestonian Scott Strother aboard Destiny chased him down just before the finish. Davilas, whose boat is likely the oldest one in the regatta (circa 1964), settled for second place, but you wouldn’t have known it from his smile at the finish line.


A highlight this year is the regatta’s first-ever Multihull Class, whose entrants provided a spectacle for the entire harbor, with the fastest of them – the Marine City, Mich.-based F-31R trimaran 'Cheekee,' scorching down the harbor to the finish at around 23 knots. Chicago-Mackinac Race Safety Director Ron White said it was a little dicey at that angle, but nothing his old boat couldn’t handle. 'This is the kind of flat-water, reaching stuff that these boats just eat up, and there’s only one problem I have with the racing today: There should be 50 more multihulls out here doing the same thing,' said White. 'This is about as good as it gets, from the downtown to the amazing welcome you get to the shoreside organization; if you have a multihull, you should be here.'


Charleston is a growing and vibrant city, and it’s fitting that Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week attracts dozens of young sailors to the race course; current and past College of Charleston sailors fill the fleet while teens and twenty-somethings from around the country crew and helm their way through the Race Week courses. Charleston is pleased to welcome the young adults of the US Coast Guard Academy’s sailing team to the Race Week starting line to the first time. The New London based school sent seven cadets to race two of the Academy’s new J/70s in Charleston’s big fleets, along with the sailing team’s offshore racing coach, Jack Neades. 'We’re currently transitioning to a fleet of J/70s for our students, and we thought Charleston would be the perfect event to test the waters and see how we’d go at this level of one-design racing.' Neades says sailing is great for his cadets’ training. 'They’re on the water, navigating boats, driving boats, paying attention to the wind, the currents, and the competition, and that’s going to make them better mariners,' he said.


No fleet has more young standouts than the Audi Melges 20 fleet, with three twenty-somethings in the top five skippers after four races. 24-year old Jason Michas from New York, NY leads the fleet by a 16 point gap, while 23-year-old College of Charleston racer Grace Lucas (Little Silver, NJl) sits in third place, just one point out of second. Rounding out the top five is another College of Charleston student, 20-year old Declan Whitmyer Jr, just a point behind Lucas. Lucas said she felt incredibly lucky to be competing in this event, and attributes her success to her crew. 'We’ve got a couple of great college sailors and ‘big daddy’ Sam Rogers on tactics, and they’re making it fun and fast out there,' said Lucas. 'It’s definitely going to be hard to go back to FJs and 420s after this week!'


Representatives from the regatta’s official weather source, Weatherflow, say that tomorrow, racers can expect more of the same; an expanding Atlantic high pressure system means more light to moderate southerlies, with the chance for another good sea breeze tomorrow afternoon. Monitor local conditions live and check out forecast tables here.


Complete Results:

2014 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Preliminary Cumulative Results:


      Bow Sail Number Yacht Name Yacht Design Owner/Skipper Race
1
Race
2
Race
3
Race
4
Total
STCRW14 Inshore Circle 1 Racing
  One Design Division
    J 80
    1. 18 USA 1486 Do It for Denmark J 80 Will & Marie Crump / Thomas Klok 1 1 1 1 4.0
    2. 14 USA 1150 Cool J J 80 Alexander Kraus 4 3 4 3 14.0
    3. 12 USA 59 Church Key J 80 Chris & Liz Chadwick 3 2 2 8 15.0
    4. 23 USA 19 Rumor J 80 John Storck, Jr 2 6 5 2 15.0
    5. 17 USA 286 Mango J 80 Ken Mangano 5 4 6 4 19.0
    6. 15 USA 357 Dragonfly J 80 Chris Johnson 8 5 3 5 21.0
    7. 22 USA 1483 Wild Horses J 80 Dave Manheimer 6 7 8 9 30.0
    8. 20 USA 11 USA 11 J 80 Bert Carp 7 9 7 7 30.0
    9. 19 USA 1314 Stacked J 80 Ramzi Bannura 9 8 9 6 32.0
 
    J 24
    1. 31 USA 4103 5443 J 24 Mike Ingham 1 1 3 1 6.0
    2. 44 USA 5277 Rudie / Gill Race Team J 24 Skip Dieball 2 3 2 2 9.0
    3. 32 USA 1829 Bash J 24 Ron Medlin, Jr. 10 4 1 3 18.0
    4. 41 CAN 4025 Lifted J 24 Evan Petley-Jones 3 6 6 5 20.0
    5. 30 USA 5351 Murder, Inc. J 24 Juan E. Maegli 5 7 5 8 25.0
    6. 40 USA 2260 Level Pelican J 24 Rob Bowden 8 5 7 6 26.0
    7. 46 USA 5476 Velocidad J 24 Christopher Stone 16 2 4 9 31.0
    8. 35 USA 4094 Bones J 24 Robert Harf 14 8 9 7 38.0
    9. 38 USA 3492 Footloose J 24 Maarten Zonjee 11 12 13 4 40.0
    10. 39 USA 3266 Jo Mamma J 24 Mike Palazzo 4 11 11 15 41.0
    11. 45 USA 5274 Tutakrnaut J 24 Roger Dougal 9 9 10 14 42.0
    12. 33 USA 176 Blind Date J 24 Jay Adams 12 13 8 13 46.0
    13. 42 USA 4242 Mobile HOme J 24 Tim Rathbun 6 16 14 12 48.0
    14. 36 USA 2349 Chicora J 24 Don Hill 7 17 15 20/DNF 59.0
    15. 47 USA 1572 Dirty White Boy J 24 David Moffly 17 15 17 10 59.0
    16. 34 USA 423 Blowin Smoke J 24 David Eggleton 15 14 12 20/DSQ 61.0
    17. 48 USA 2215 Sea Plane J 24 Randy Tilly 13 18 20/DNF 11 62.0
    18. 37 USA 555 Core Bump J 24 Alex Bolan 18 18/SCP 16 17 69.0
    19. 49 USA 3321 Bounce J 24 Jack Roberts 19 19 18 16 72.0
 
    J 22
    1. 0 USA 1051 Torqeedo J 22 Arthur Libby 1 1 3 2 7.0
    2. 8 USA 1504 Battub J 22 Aden King 2 3 1 5 11.0
    3. 2 USA 2 CofC 2 J 22 Sue McIntyre 3 6 4 1 14.0
    4. 6 USA 6 Quick Beat J 22 Chris Sands 5 5 2 4 16.0
    5. 4 USA 4 CofC 4 J 22 James Reynolds 4 2 6 6 18.0
    6. 9 USA 9 Flashpoint Charleston J 22 Reggie Fairchild 6 4 5 3 18.0
    7. 5 USA 5 CofC 5 J 22 Adam Coker 7 7 7 9/DNF 30.0
    8. 7 BAH 6 TBD J 22 Jay Greenfield 9/DNS 9/DNS 9/DNS 9/DNS 36.0
 
 
STCRW14 Inshore Circle 2 Racing
  One Design Division
    J 70
    1. 76 USA 187 Catapult J 70 Joel Ronning 1 1 1   3.0
    2. 59 USA 45 Wild Child J 70 Henry Filter 6 3 1   10.0
    3. 85 USA 179 Africa J 70 Jud Smith 10 1 2   13.0
    4. 42 USA 167 Kraken J 70 Gary Tisdale / Adam Burns 5 6 3   14.0
    5. 17 USA 2 Helly Hansen J 70 Tim Healy 3 8 4   15.0
    6. 45 USA 248 Scamp J 70 Will Welles 1 7 10   18.0
    7. 18 USA 397 Hot Mess J 70 Rob Britts 3 4 11   18.0
    8. 46 USA 364 School's Out J 70 John Aras 13 5 1   19.0
    9. 50 USA 316 Superfecta J 70 James Barnash 10 2 8   20.0
    10. 19 USA 217 Joint Custody J 70 Jenn & Ray Wulff 7 5 8   20.0
    11. 51 USA 245 USA 245 J 70 Ian Liberty 5 13 3   21.0
    12. 54 CAN 246 Touch2Play J 70 Rob & Sandy Butler 11 7 6   24.0
    13. 72 USA 51 Black River Racing J 70 Doug Strebel 8 9 7   24.0
    14. 44 USA 96 Savasana J 70 Brian Keane 2 20 4   26.0
    15. 39 USA 34 Perseverance J 70 Bennet Greenwald 8 4 15   27.0
    16. 55 USA 185 Turbo Duck J 70 Bodo & Nick von der Wense 4 14 13   31.0
    17. 25 USA 94 Lifted J 70 Jim Cunningham 6 6 19   31.0
    18. 53 USA 159 Torqeedo J 70 Chris Carroll 2 17 14   33.0
    19. 41 USA 151 Reach Around J 70 Thomas Bowen 12 21 2   35.0
    20. 43 USA 171 Running Wild J 70 Peter Vessella 13 12 9   35.0
    21. 62 BER 308 Elusive J 70 Chuck Millican 9 15 12   36.0
    22. 29 USA 174 Magic Bus J 70 Gregg Mylett 19 2 21   42.0
    23. 48 USA 86 Stampede J 70 Loring / Pasquinelli 9 26 9   44.0
    24. 82 USA 11 Menace J 70 Kerry Klingler 7 24 14   45.0
    25. 33 USA 95 Muse J 70 Heather Gregg-Earl / Joe Bardenheier 4 30 13   47.0
    26. 80 BRA 403 Bruschetta J 70 Mauricio Santa Cruz 17 23 10   50.0
    27. 36 USA 68 Noname J 70 Ron Thompson 21 27 5   53.0
    28. 26 USA 97 Loki J 70 Michael Zupon 16 15 22   53.0
    29. 28 USA 62 Lucky Charm J 70 Ken Corsig 28 1 24   53.0
    30. 47 USA 157 Spring J 70 Dave Franzel 18 11 24   53.0
    31. 37 USA 99 Nostalgia J 70 Blake & Lud Kimbrough 20 18 16   54.0
    32. 49 USA 152 Sundog J 70 Kathy Parks 25 25 6   56.0
    33. 79 USA 219 GetMyBoat J 70 Vortex Racing 33 16 7   56.0
    34. 35 USA 335 Nitemare J 70 Amy Neill 15 11 31   57.0
    35. 81 USA 48 Wicked Witch J 70 Larry Landry / Paul McDowell 13 20 25   58.0
    36. 31 USA 035 Moxie J 70 Cole Allsopp 19 13 26   58.0
    37. 22 USA 15 Junior J 70 Don & Tim Finkle 22 25 12   59.0
    38. 52 USA 87 Tick Tock Croc J 70 Richard Nesbett 18 31 11   60.0
    39. 27 USA 46 Loonatictu J 70 R Noel Clinard 11 33 16   60.0
    40. 21 USA 26 Jungleland J 70 Chris and Carolyn Groobey 15 23 22   60.0
    41. 73 USA 37 Grizzly J 70 Charles Bayer 22 10 28   60.0
    42. 38 USA 410 Perfect Ten J 70 Joe & Jeff Pawlowski 21 26 15   62.0
    43. 13 USA 169 Empeiria J 70 John Heaton 14 31 17   62.0
    44. 9 USA 488 Convexity J 70 Donald Wilson 24 22 17   63.0
    45. 69 USA 184 VLLN J 70 Patrick Nichols / Mark Nichols 16 18 30   64.0
    46. 74 USA 238 Zuni Bear J 70 Rich Bergmann 26 9 32   64.0
    47. 4 USA 326 Aquaholiks J 70 Martin Johnsson 12 10 42/DSQ   64.0
    48. 68 USA 425 USA 425 J 70 Joe Baggett 29 8 29   66.0
    49. 5 USA 510 Button Fly J 70 Andrew and Melissa Fisher 23 14 29   66.0
    50. 10 USA 369 Cool Story Bro. J 70 John Brigden 23 22 23   68.0
    51. 24 USA 207 Leading Edge J 70 Todd Hiller 26 24/SCP 19   69.0
    52. 12 USA 340 Rimette J 70 John Brim 27 19 23   69.0
    53. 7 USA 497 Chinook J 70 Frank McNamara 17 24 28   69.0
    54. 86 USA 420 E.L.E. J 70 Matt Braun 35 17 18   70.0
    55. 34 USA 194 Napoleon J 70 Patrick Byrne 30 16 25   71.0
    56. 61 USA 28 Misson Impossible J 70 David Malkin 28 28 18   74.0
    57. 32 USA 379 Mummbles J 70 Brad Kauffman 32 19 27   78.0
    58. 40 USA 220 Phoenix J 70 Peter Firey 32 21 27   80.0
    59. 3 USA 378 378 J 70 Jeff Schaefer 27 29 26   82.0
    60. 11 USA 357 Danger Mouse J 70 Kristen Berry 31 32 21   84.0
    61. 23 USA 236 Layla J 70 Tim Gibbs 20 30 34   84.0
    62. 1 USA 390 20/20 Racing J 70 John Arendshorst 31 36 20   87.0
    63. 16 USA 100 Gemini J 70 Blane Shea 34 34 20   88.0
    64. 56 USA 168 USA 168 J 70 Marty McKenna 30 27 31   88.0
    65. 30 USA 199 Mojito J 70 Catharine Evans 25 32 32   89.0
    66. 65 USA 36 Taipan SB J 70 Lloyd Karzen 24 34 36   94.0
    67. 67 USA 388 US 388 J 70 Jack Neades 33 33 30   96.0
    68. 6 USA 358 Bucephalus J 70 Andrea Krasinski 29 35 33   97.0
    69. 66 USA 367 US 367 J 70 Tiller Halfhill 34 29 34   97.0
    70. 75 CAN 361 emiLee J 70 Hadrian Corning 37 28 35   100.0
    71. 64 USA 392 Slinky J 70 Scott Bursor 35 35 33   103.0
    72. 2 USA 91 Carlos J 70 Vinnie Pattavina 36 37 36   109.0
    73. 60 USA 382 Zombie J 70 Kristen Robinson 39 36 35   110.0
    74. 14 USA 204 Eowyn J 70 Peter Winkelstein 36 37 37   110.0
    75. 58 USA 345 White Rabbit J 70 Steve Kiemele 38 38 38   114.0
    76. 77 USA 486 smokin'j J 70 don trask 42/DNC 42/DNC 42/DNC   126.0
    77. 63 USA 208 Shamrock J 70 Jim Flaherty 42/DNC 42/DNC 42/DNC   126.0
    78. 15 USA 64 Exit Strategy II J 70 Jack Martin 42/DNC 42/DNC 42/DNC   126.0
    79. 8 USA 309 CloudSourced J 70 Ronald Copfer 42/DNC 42/DNC 42/DNC   126.0
    80. 78 GBR 557 Boats.com J 70 Ian Atkins 42/DNC 42/DNC 42/DNC   126.0
    81. 20 USA 211 Juicy J 70 Alwin Brunner 42/DNC 42/DNC 42/DNC   126.0
 
 
STCRW14 Inshore Circle 3 Racing
  One Design Division
    Melges 24
    1. 31 USA 747 Monsoon Melges 24 Brucey Ayres 1 1 6 2 10.0
    2. 30 USA 635 Mojo Melges 24 Steve Rhyne 2 6 2 3 13.0
    3. 48 USA 786 Battle Rhythm Melges 24 Guy Mossman 9 2 3 5 19.0
    4. 43 CAN 629 Zingara Melges 24 Richard Reid 11 3 7 6 27.0
    5. 24 USA 568 GiddyUp (c) Melges 24 Kevin Gillman 4 10 5 10 29.0
    6. 34 NOR 800 Party Girl Melges 24 Jens Altern Wathne 6 7 4 14 31.0
    7. 28 USA 115 Leda (c) Melges 24 Chris Field 3 16 10 4 33.0
    8. 25 USA 125 Just Add Water (c) Melges 24 Roger Counihan 10 5 11 9 35.0
    9. 39 USA 839 The 300 Melges 24 Steven Boho 7 15 9 7 38.0
    10. 32 USA 802 None Melges 24 Oakcliff sailing mike komar 8 9 13 11 41.0
    11. 29 USA 835 Mikey Melges 24 Kevin Welch 17 25/OCS 1 1 44.0
    12. 41 USA 832 Vindicator 3 Melges 24 Rick Bernstein 13 11 14 8 46.0
    13. 23 USA 106 Evil Duer Melges 24 Nate Duer 16 4 17 12 49.0
    14. 47 USA 55 Gnarly Ruca (c) Melges 24 Curtis Jazwiecki 12 13 12 15 52.0
    15. 21 CAN 723 CAN 723 Melges 24 Uri Saks 18 8 18 16 60.0
    16. 37 USA 292 Shaka Melges 24 KC Shannon 14 18 15 13 60.0
    17. 36 USA 773 Screaming Mimi Melges 24 Marc Bailey 15 17 16 17 65.0
    18. 38 CAN 262 Surprise (c) Melges 24 Dan Berezin 5 25/DSQ 19 19 68.0
    19. 45 USA 419 HERMES Melges 24 Tony Stanley 20 25/OCS 8 18 71.0
    20. 40 CAN 346 Vapour Trail Melges 24 Marc Steyn 22 12 20 21 75.0
    21. 22