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Come Sail Away

Sailboats from around the state, country, and even the world (a few vessels are visiting from countries like Canada and Germany) breeze into Lowcountry waters for three race- and festivity-filled days.

April 7, 2010

Come Sail Away
Charleston Race Week starts tomorrow—jump on board the lineup of waterside events

WRITTEN BY Sam Stringfield
Photograph BY Priscilla Parker

Ahoy, mates: watch for Charleston Harbor to fill with sails and area shorelines to crowd with seafaring folk as Charleston Race Week returns to town tomorrow. The largest multiclass keelboat regatta in the Southeast, the event is picking up the pace in its 15th year with festive activities and exciting races that bring national, North American, and world champion sailors to take on our local waters.

“The event has come a long way since the Charleston Ocean Racing Association founded it in 1996,” says the week’s marine logistic manager, Danny Havens. “We’ve gone from 50 to 174 boats and have seen a significant improvement in the quality of racing as well.”

And with the nonprofit South Carolina Maritime Foundation in charge of the on-land goings on since 2005, there’s a wealth of ways for fans to take part in the fun. Snag a spot on a spectator yacht to view the races, or head for the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, where nightly parties feature live music, dancing, an open beer and rum bar, and beach games. And the best part is, the various Race Week events benefit the work of the Maritime Foundation. Sounds like the perfect way to kick off the warm weather.

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Thursday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. $60 shore pass. (843)722-1030,

For more information about Charleston Race Week, click here.



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