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Perfect Conditions End Race Week with a Bang!

 

Charleston Harbour Marina at dusk. - (c) Copyright 2009

Charleston Harbour Marina at dusk. – (c) Copyright 2009

 

PERFECT CONDITIONS END RACE WEEK WITH A BANG
Locals, visitors unanimous in praise for competition, weather and event organization

CHARLESTON, SC (April 19, 2009) –  With numerous battles on tap this morning between 174 race boats across the 13 divisions that made up 2009 Charleston Race Week, mother nature ordered up a sparkling day with near-perfect sailing conditions to close out the memorable event.

“This is probably the best place I know to race,” said local sailing coach Ryan Hamm.  “We just don’t have a lot of days without good wind – not a bad reason to live here if you’re a sailor.”

The harbor courses saw 12 knots of wind at the start of the day quickly increasing to over 15 knots, lifting the sporty Melges, Viper, and SB3s out of the water at full planing speeds while providing plenty of power for the big J/24 and J/80 fleets.  Alton Brown, crewing on the J/24 ‘Slingblade’, said that after Friday’s intense racing, he “felt like he’d been beaten with a bamboo stick,” but that today’s Southerly wind was “just incredible.”

College of Charleston sailor Terry Ensick had a special method for finding the most powerful wind – she wore a pair of bunny ears her crew bought for her Saturday night.  “They were my secret weapon,” said Terry.  “It let me feel the gusts much sooner than without them.”
Craig taking in a little down time. - (c) Copyright 2009

Craig taking in a little down time. – (c) Copyright 2009

Craig can't make up his mind what he is doing. - (c) Copyright 2009

Craig can’t make up his mind what he is doing. – (c) Copyright 2009

Over a thousand sailors party everynight after racing close to 200 boats during the day. - (c) Copyright 2009

Over a thousand sailors party every night after racing. (close to 200 boats participated) – (c) Copyright 2009

Showing of those crew shirts on the town. - (c) Copyright 2009

Showing off those crew shirts in town. – (c) Copyright 2009

Ivan, Ed, Dubie, Derek, Craig and Chris. - (c) Copyright 2009

Ivan, Ed, Dubie, Derek, Craig and Chris. – (c) Copyright 2009

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at er@radonicrodgers.com

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