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Day 1: A Chilly Start

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To the spectators: Please feel free to post anything you can think of that's pertinent to Charleston Race Week. If you find videos, weather info, results, links to other stories on other sites, whatever: Post it here. The three most helpful posters over the course of the event will win cool shit from our sponsors; we'll have some high quality wicking shirts, and I think I might have a nice foul weather jacket lying around that's never been worn - jury is still out whether it's Gill, Puma, or Magic!

 

Anyway, thanks for tuning in, lots to come!

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V CAST OF THOUSANDS READIES FOR RACING -

 

CHARLESTON HARBOR ABUZZ WITH ACTIVITY AS SAILORS PREPARE FOR BATTLE

 

Nearly 1500 sailors rigged lines, tuned masts, and set sails today on the edge of Charleston Harbor today as they prepared for tomorrow's 10 a.m. offshore and 11 a.m. inshore start of 2010 Charleston Race Week.

 

Confident teams ventured out in winds of over 25 knots to practice maneuvers and tune up against other teams, and they were all grins as they discussed their adrenalin-inducing sails in the big air. "19.6 knots was our top speed today, maybe the fastest I've gone on this harbor" said Bora Gulari, skipper of the Melges 24 'Flying Elvis.' "We had some issues out there when a line failed, but that's why you go practice in this kind of breeze - to find the weak links."

 

First timer Lee Beecham and the crew of "Zoo" also spent some time learning the harbor's ways - and getting wet and the process. "We're pretty new to the boat, and in this breeze, that meant spending some time on our sides," Beechum said. "But we didn't break anything, and we're just that little bit more ready for whatever conditions we end up with."

 

Mix Of Conditions On Tap For Three-Day Event

 

While Charleston's famous sea breeze won't be visiting until later in the weekend, both Friday and the earlier part of Saturday promise challenging conditions. "Friday the models call for moderate wind from the North or Northwest dropping off throughout the day," said local sailing school owner Ned Goss, who sails on the Charleston-based Archambault 40 'Jubilee'. Both the Northwesterlies and the Westerlies that will follow on Saturday mean lots of shifts and extremely unpredictable conditions, so the guys who do well will really have to earn it." Sunday promises classic Charleston spring racing, with strong afternoon breeze that will hopefully provide an exhilirating finish to the South's biggest regatta. "Bring it on," said Goss.

 

Old Friends And New Congregate On The Harbor

 

Sailors make the long trek to Charleston from all over the US and overseas for a host of reasons. "One of the reasons we came in from Texas was the chance to sail against similar boats," said Brian Taylor, who towed his Viper 830 thousands of miles for the opportunity. "Not only do we have a class of sportboats to race against, but we've even got Wanda, which is identical to our boat. Hopefully we'll learn something new from them," said Taylor of his boat, only 14 of which were ever manufactured.

 

Conor Hayes is the Vice President of the US J/80 Class, which has turned out in strong numbers this year. "The Class is really looking for more recognition of our great racing fleets for 2010," said Hayes. "We've got a full schedule of regattas to ensure that word gets out about these excellent boats, and really generate a following as we head into the big regattas of the summer in the Northeast. It's a long spring for us Northern teams, so we couldn't be happier to be here."

 

Many of the nearly 200 boats in town are return visitors. Kent Mitchell's a CRW veteran, but he's back for the first time with a new boat, the Cape Fear 38 Velocity. "From our home in North Carolina, it's just a short skip down here to Charleston," said Mitchell when asked about his reasons for coming back year-after-year. "We love racing around the bay, and we love the Gosling's rum!"

 

Longtime Charleston sponsor Gosling's Rum is exhuberant about the event's continued growth and the vibe on the docks. "Gosling's Rum became prominent in the US because sailors in the Caribbean loved it so much they brought it home," explained Gosling's Event Director Rinear Thatcher. "It's important for us to show support to our long-time fans - those same sailors - and it's important to support an event with the same attitude we share: Relax, enjoy yourself, and have a Dark n' Stormy!

 

 

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You're right about that, Justin. Then again, the whole event is packed with talent. All kinds.

 

Katie:

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Lee Beecham, first time skipper in the M24, after some sick practice yesterday:

 

 

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Hell it is A LOT nicer out than forecast. Light Westerly so far...but if the sun stays out the thermal may change the outlook completely!

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I'm here with our team, which includes NMU Sailing Team Commodore Morgan Kinney, who will be helping us spot as well as updating y'all. She's at a tender young age so be nice!

 

Breeeze is honking - 15 with gusts to 20+, Westerly, beautiful sun, and a hell of a day! Forecast is for dying breeze so hopeful to get some sweet racing on this course.

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hey it's Morgan, if you guys have any specific questions just post them here and we'll get you answers as quick as possible

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11am is first gun.

if you go into the live chat, Layline is giving away a Henri Lloyd Breeze Jacket

streaming live now

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sounds like we are getting pretty close to a start. Will announce the contest for Layline Breeze jacket in the pre-start.

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M24 start is in sequence

plenty of new faces, but all solid competitors. The top 10 boats are scattered by local talent then a couple rockstars from elsewhere like Layline Boat with the Quantum Racing Team. We'll see what happens. Keep in mind there are 30 M24's competing today being the largest presence here at CRW

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Dave Dabney went first round the weather mark followed up by Grin, Wieland, Rock Steady and High Voltage

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2nd Mark leading round the fleet

Dabney,

Grin,

Wieland,

Simplicity,

High Voltage

cleaning up the back is

Hermes and Zoo whom have never raced a M24 before and are stoked to be here. Watch their interview here in the forums

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j80 L1

Rascal

Lifted

Bob Dylan

Tiamo

 

Relentless came in with a ton of power as a puff adding about 6-7 to the course barged in. They actually ran over the mark and had to do their circles

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M24 Finish

Conejo

Unsponsored

Battle Rythym

Simplicity

High Voltage

Hoodlum

Cream

Blur (who won the sweet jacket???)

Rocksteady

Grin

Cujo

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still waiting for the official results on the M24 fleet. keep refreshing www.yachtscoring.com

 

PRIZE!!!

PERSON TO POST CLOSEST TO WHERE BLIKSEM WILL FINISH IN THE VIPER, GETS THE HENRI LLOYD BREEZE JACKET

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Just watched the Viper start in 20-25, and I'm sailing my desk :(

 

Nice wipeout Olaf! :lol: but hey, it's only his 2nd regatta since he bought the boat.

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viper finish

Jackpot

 

We're going to wait for the full official results to post the winner of Bliksem contest for the HL Jacket

 

fully capsized Viper up at the weather mark

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When the official results pop up for race 2, the first person to guess the correct/closest to correct placement for Bliksem will get the jacket

 

The m24s are about to start, they're in sequence

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weather ark rounding m24

battle rhthym

flying elvis

conejo racing

Grin

Layline

PRIZE

First to guess Hoodlum's placement in this race wins a Henri Lloyd Atmosphere Wicking Tee

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weather ark rounding m24

battle rhthym

flying elvis

conejo racing

Grin

Layline

PRIZE

First to guess Hoodlum's placement in this race wins a Henri Lloyd Atmosphere Wicking Tee

 

 

 

hoodlum - 17th

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Just watched the Viper start in 20-25, and I'm sailing my desk :(

 

Nice wipeout Olaf! :lol: but hey, it's only his 2nd regatta since he bought the boat.

 

Me too and whats worse is that I don't get the live feed at work! :(

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Leeward Mark Rounding Front Boats

Zig Zag, Entourage, High Voltage

 

Zoo came out from last and is looking happy

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M24 RACE 3 UNOFFICIAL

SIMPLICITY

LAYLINE

MARDOR/CREAM

CONEJO RACING

BATTLE RHYTHM

BLUR

 

Who called Hoodlums finish for the HL Atmosphere tee?

 

M24 RACE 3 UNOFFICIAL

SIMPLICITY

LAYLINE

MARDOR/CREAM

CONEJO RACING

BATTLE RHYTHM

BLUR

 

Who called Hoodlums finish for the HL Atmosphere tee?

 

M24 RACE 3 UNOFFICIAL

SIMPLICITY

LAYLINE

MARDOR/CREAM

CONEJO RACING

BATTLE RHYTHM

BLUR

 

Who called Hoodlums finish for the HL Atmosphere tee?

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PRIZE!

Next contest for Melges 24 World hat from Cervo

CONTEST

First to guess the predominant color of Morgan's bikini top

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PRIZE!

Next contest for Melges 24 World hat from Cervo

CONTEST

First to guess the predominant color of Morgan's bikini top

 

 

 

yellow.

 

 

....oh, and pics or it did'nt....

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I'm gonna go with pink

 

Whats up with yachtscoring? It has results for all the fleets for both races except the melges 24s

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PRIZE!

Next contest for Melges 24 World hat from Cervo

CONTEST

First to guess the predominant color of Morgan's bikini top

 

 

 

yellow.

 

 

....oh, and pics or it did'nt....

White

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For the yachtscoring, the Navy has commandeered the wireless out on the M24 class. They are calling the results in and they should be posted shortly

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Bliksem for 3rd.

 

 

 

 

still waiting for the official results on the M24 fleet. keep refreshing www.yachtscoring.com

 

PRIZE!!!

PERSON TO POST CLOSEST TO WHERE BLIKSEM WILL FINISH IN THE VIPER, GETS THE HENRI LLOYD BREEZE JACKET

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I am dropping these at the bottom of all of the links cause I am too tired to see if Anybody put this out so I have no idea if anybody knew they had offshore coverage available all week. I never saw any link on the CRW front page and there are so many links on the yachtscoring page, I don't know if anyone really listened...or cared.

 

Offshore Circle 3 Blog:Circle 3 Blog

Pictures of Offshore Circle 3:Circle 3 Photos

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