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Black Diamond at Charleston Race Week 2009

(c) 2009 - The new Charleston Bridge is becoming an icon and symbol of the city.

The new Charleston Bridge is becoming an icon and symbol of the city. – (c) Copyright 2009

Ed posing in the Regatta Village, Charleston Harbor Marina & Resort.

Charleston Race Week Black Diamond Crew, Ivan, Chris, Ed, Dubie, Derek and Craig. - (c) Copyright 2009

Charleston Race Week Black Diamond Crew, Ivan, Chris, Ed, Dubie, Derek and Craig. – (c) Copyright 2009

The Black Diamond Team has arrived in Charleston. Ed Radonic, Craig Russell, Derek Pressmen all of PCYC, along with Ivan Vulicevic of Bronte and Charleston Native, Chris Bonner and Dubie & Will due to arrive from North Carolina and Atlanta.

Competitors leaving early at about 7AM for the race course offshore in Charleston - (c) Copyright 2009

Competitors leaving early at about 7AM for the race course offshore in Charleston – (c) Copyright 2009

Charleston Light House - (c) Copyright 2009

Charleston Light House – (c) Copyright 2009

Other PCYC competitors at Charleston include Sandy & Rob Butler (Formerly a Thayer) racing their Melges 24, Eager Beaver. We even have a PCYC and Canadian Celebrity in our midst, Mike Wolfs a Canadian Olympic Silver Medallist in our sport of Sailing. Mike is sailing a brand new Melges 20, along with Phil Sustronk and Tom Cumming. Mike will be promoting the Melges 20 in Canada this year.

Shot from the bow, flying an Asym solid black spinnaker. - (c) Copyright 2009

Shot from the bow, flying an Asym spinnaker. – (c) Copyright 2009

Flying the Solid Black Spinnaker. - (c) Copyright 2009

Flying the Solid Black Spinnaker. – (c) Copyright 2009

The Black Diamond crew is here to have fun! We will do our best to be competitive among the accomplished crews. We are a novice and amateur crew, with a heavy ladened boat from cruising for the past few months in the Bahamas and the Floridian coast. But that won’t stop us form giving the other boats a run for their money, and having the times of our lives.

Very Competitive racing at Charleston. - (c) Copyright 2009

Very Competitive racing at Charleston. – (c) Copyright 2009

Ed helming from the leeward side. - (c) Copyright 2009

Ed helming from the leeward side. – (c) Copyright 2009

The Crew relaxing after hours. - (c) Copyright 2009

The Crew relaxing after hours. – (c) Copyright 2009

Black Diamond has had a tremendously busy cruising calendar. Immediately after the Regatta, we are heading up the coast, offshore non-stop, next port of call, New York City! On Route to Toronto for a busy Summer cruising and racing circuit in our home town.

Another view of the crew shirts. - (c) Copyright 2009

Another view of the crew shirts. – (c) Copyright 2009

SAILORS and SPECTATORS DESCEND ON CHARLESTON
Waterfront abuzz with activity as racers get ready for Charleston Race Week

CHARLESTON, SC (April 15, 2008) – The activity has begun in earnest at all of Charleston’s marinas, boatyards, and yacht clubs as 174 racing sailboats and more than 1,000 sailors from as far away as Norway and Canada prepare for Charleston’s biggest regatta of the year, which starts Friday.  Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. summed up the City’s feelings well:  “We’ve been so pleased to see Charleston Race Week develop over the past decade into one of the most important sailing events in the entire Southeast” said the Mayor.  “Charleston Harbor is the city’s life blood, and we’re delighted to share this great waterway and the unequalled beauty and warm hospitality of our unique city with so many accomplished sailors from around the globe.”

The cool, sunny weather has been a boon for the racers, who typically take a day in parking lots or boatyards to reassemble their racing boats after the long trip to Charleston.  “We heard that it could be terribly hot here, but thankfully that’s not been the case as we rig the boat,” was the buz from the sailors in Charleston.

Above was a clipping from the Charleston Race Week Web site. 

Racing amongst many container ships. - (c) Copyright 2009

Racing among many container ships. – (c) Copyright 2009

2nd day saw the calmest conditions, so we broke for a beer, not illegal to drink underway in Charleston. - (c) Copyright 2009

Our Second day we saw the calmest conditions, so we took a break for a beer (not illegal to drink underway in Charleston, SC) – (c) Copyright 2009

We are actually ahead of all these boats. - (c) Copyright 2009

We are actually ahead of all these boats. – (c) Copyright 2009

Black Diamond Passing a boat with Ivan in the pit manning the main sail. - (c) Copyright 2009

Black Diamond Passing a boat with Ivan in the pit manning the main sail. – (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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