sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Charleston Race Week 2012 - Challenging conditions on final day
Charleston Race Week 2012 - Challenging conditions on final day

'PHRF B Class start - Charleston Race Week'    © Meredith Block / Charleston Race Week    Click Here to view large photo

On the deciding day of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2012, the heavy weather forecast for Charleston failed to materialize on Sunday, and unsettled conditions meant different challenges throughout the three race areas.

Within a 10-mile radius, both the offshore and inshore racing classes sailed between 0 and 3 races for the final day of the country’s largest keelboat regatta.


'These were some of the most challenging conditions we’ve seen ever at Race Week in Charleston, and it’s a credit to these race committee workers, the vast majority of them volunteers, that we got so many races in this week,' said Event Director Randy Draftz. 'This event couldn’t be run without the nearly 300 volunteers that so generously donate their time, their energies, and their boats to this event, and we want to give all of them a special thanks for making Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week one of the best regattas anywhere.

One of the most competitive fleets in town, with America’s Cup sailors and World Champions on numerous of the boats was the Melges 20 fleet, and that competitiveness was certainly on display this morning for Race 9 of the series. Detroit racer Marc Hollerback scored the victory, while overnight leader Russ Lucas and his crew of Harry and Hans Melges on board Shimmer had one of their worst results of the event, an eighth place. Second place Layline Race Team finished just ahead of Lucas, while 2011 Charleston winner Michael Kiss got a second place in the race.

With the top four spots separated by just three points, the stage was set for an epic battle. Principal Race Officer Hank Stuart started the fleet, only to call them back for a general recall. Another start resulted in a recall, and as a line of rain clouds moved over the harbor, the breeze disappeared completely, leaving Shimmer with the class victory.

Layline skipper Travis Weisleder said the final race was a blast. 'All of the leading boats were neck-and-neck the entire way around the track,' he said. This was Weisleder’s 10th Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week in 12 years, and he’s never enjoyed a second place so much. 'If we had to lose, I’m sure glad we lost to a long-time friend and rival like Russ.' For his part, Weisleder guarantees he’ll be back in 2013, and will never miss another Charleston regatta again. 'I’m convinced that this is, quite possibly, the best event in sailing.'

Another huge rivalry came down to the wire on Sunday in the J/24 class, where Travis Odenback led Mike Ingham until the final race of the week. Both teams are from Rochester, NY, and both skippers are preparing for the huge J/24 World Championship in Rochester later this summer. 'We’ve been racing against each other for a decade, and we’ll probably be racing against each other for a decade more,' said Odenback, whose Honey Badger took second place by a 2-point deficit.

'Going into the last race today we were down by a few points, and we got the start we needed,' explained Ingham. Odenback didn’t stand a chance. 'Mike got ahead, and every tack, he slammed us back, just as he needed to,' he said. This is Ingham’s second consecutive victory at Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, and he says he’ll be back to go for the hat trick. 'Where else would I want to be in April?' he exclaimed.

Keith Ziegler brough his Ultimate 20 Dream Killer all the way from Michigan to compete here in Charleston. Ziegler was disappointed to see just five Ultimates on the starting line, though he said it was a tight battle for first, which he won by just one point over North Carolina’s BJ Jones. 'Next year we don’t have a huge National Championship just a couple of weeks later in Pensacola, and I expect we’ll see a great fleet here in Charleston Harbor.'

Greg Fisher took the 15-boat J/22 class by nine points, earning the College of Charleston’s Sailing Director the Charleston Race Week Perpetual Trophy for top one-design performance. A huge cheer went out from the crowd for the adopted Charlestonian, who sailed with wife Jo-Ann, College of Charleston freshman and varsity sailor Allie Blumenthal and longtime crew Jeff Eiber. The regatta's other perpetual award, The Palmetto Cup, which is given to the top performing boat in the PHRF classes, was awarded to Bob Moran and his crew on board the J/111 Ragin' out of Herndon, Va. Moran and his talented crew competed in PHRF Class B, in which they also won class honors.)

The J/80 class rounded out the J/Boat one designs, and Bill Rose on Kicks continued his dominant performance, clinching the victory with a race to spare. Brian Keane’s Massachusetts based Savansana took second place.

In the 41-boat Viper 640 Class, Jason Carroll, John Baxter, and Chad Corning won overall honors aboard Argo, beating Ontario-based Brad Boston, Eric Vigrass, and Katie Abbot on Jackpot. Carroll and company also won the Atlantic Coast Chamionship with their victory. Boston had won every Charleston Viper event until this one, and he was visibly disappointed. 'We didn’t start well, we didn’t sail the beats well, and the competition level in the Vipers has grown to the point where you just can’t do that and still win,' he said.

'Argo sailed a great regatta and we didn’t, and that’s about the size of it.' For Argo tactician John Baxter, this was the first visit to Charleston since his college sailing days. 'This town has really grown up, and I’ve been seriously impressed with the great destination it’s become,' said Baxter. Two boats tied for third place, with John Girling winning on a tiebreak over 24-year-old Sara Fox. More amazing than the tie was the fact that both Girling and Fox are newcomers to the fleet.

The Melges 24 fleet saw the conclusion to an epic battle between 2011 Charleston winner Kristen Lane (Brick House) and 2010 winner Bora Gulari (New England Ropes/West Marine Rigging). These two boats are crewed by some of the world’s top professional racers, and Gulari said the pre-start in the finale was a fight to the death. 'None of us are afraid to engage, and we both were buried deep at the start after some exciting maneuvering,' he said. Gulari credits his crew with the final-race performance that earned him a second place for the race and the overall victory. 'With Brad Funk finding the pressure, Troll [Jeremy Wilmot] finding the lanes and shifts, and John [Casey] and Meredith [Nordhem] always getting the boathandling spot on, I honestly felt like we couldn’t lose.' Brick House tactician Charlie McKee was philosophical about his loss. 'We gave it our all and we came up short,' he said.

Detroit sailor Paul Hulsey (Hoodlum Racing) won the Corinthian trophy for the top non-professional Melges 24 team, finishing ninth overall in the class. Tactician Geoff Kimmel was satisfied with their result despite what he called ‘an intensely frustrating week.’ 'The wind was very different from what we’re used to sailing when we race in Charleston, which is a tough enough race course even when everything is typical,' he said.

The local favorites aboard the J/120 Emocean were overjoyed at their victory in PHRF C. 'We put the band back together and everything just fell into place,' said helmsman Will Hanckel. 'Eight of the original 11 Emocean crew were with us this week, and their skill and our communication level aboard made things almost easy.'

Mt. Pleasant sailor Joseph Hanna took the overall award for the Cruising Division, which raced a single, 26-mile course each day rather than the short courses raced by the rest of the fleets. 'We loved the challenge and the pursuit starts, and I am convinced that there are dozens and dozens of cruising skippers that would love to sail next year’s event on this course,' said Hanna. 'In fact, I just told Randy [Draftz, Event Chairman] a few minutes ago that when word gets out, this will become the fastest-growing fleet at the event. Bring ‘em on!'

As the men and women who set the courses for the fleets, the Principal Race Officers have possibly the toughest jobs of anyone at Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, and this year saw a new PRO join the veteran race officers who have been running the regatta for years. It was Rochester-based International Race Officer Hank Stuart’s first visit to the Sailing Capital of the South. 'It’s definitely not the easiest place to set a course, but I am absolutely blown away by this venue,' Stuart said. 'It has to be one of the world’s best racing locations.'


Bob Moran accepts the Palmetto Cup Trophy. 2012 Charleston Race Week -  © Meredith Block - Charleston Race Week


Regatta website here

Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week will be back in 2013, Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 21.


by Charleston Race Week 2012

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=96400

4:40 AM Mon 23 Apr 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World





Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,












420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,






























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay


















America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing   
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe fourth at mid-point of 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   
International Moth Worlds - Victory for Nathan Outteridge + Video   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo   
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead   
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT