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.”