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The Roaring Sporties on Charleston's Inner harbor courses

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By my count there are 128 smaller sport boats entered for Charleston Race Week and still growing.

 

Not sure if this is a record, or if there is an equivalent gathering of sport boats anywhere else in North America, but it sure is going to be a hell of a party.

 

We've heard from race organizers that Hal Smith is going to be Race Officer on one of the sport boat circles again this year. It was Hal who coined the phrase "Roaring Twenties" when the sport boats started to show up in numbers a few years back He runs a tight ship but keeps it fun

 

Melges 24s, Melges 20s, J 80s, Vipers, Ultimate 20s...........we're going to have a blast. An event like this really reinforces the reality that the sport boats have taken off. Hope we can get lots of pics posted here.

 

 

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162 entrants now on the confines of inshore course

88 entrants on the wide ocean of the offshore course

 

Hmmmm. Reminds me of the jingle on the UPS ad,

 

"When you've got a hundred boat on three crowded ramps ; That's logistics

When you've got 3 circles, two tides and three rivers : That's logistics

When you've got a thousand sailors, two bars and a band ; That's logistics"

 

I seem to remember there was a time when the offshore course had larger participation than the inshore course. But this is the direction that sailing is going. By the time KWRW picked up on this and offered to open up to the smaller sport boats, CRW was already launched with the sport boat fraternity.

 

 

 

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Looks like a lot of fun and some great boats - hope you guys have a blast. Farthest south we're going this year is Southern Bay Race Week - should be pretty decent too :)

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I can only hope that every other YC in the US is watching CRW. I know ABYC in Long Beach is active in both large and small boats and is hosting a growing number of sporty events. Long Beach Race Week is probably the closest thing the West offers.

 

Richmond YC in the Bay Area also hosts some great mixed fleet events. Be nicer to have a CRW style event in the Bay Area though at 954 regattas on the books for 2012 in NorCal the schedule's a bit crowded :lol:

 

Whitbey Island Race Week promises to be epic this year and is (I believe) the very last of the true race 'weeks.'

 

Wish I could be there....alas, the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show is that weekend and Rondar has 4 boats in it.....Have more fun than you ever thought possible (with your clothes on). Last time I was at CRW I was amazed at how many women will buy you drinks at the bars :P

 

Send LOTS of pics!

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Last time I was at CRW I was amazed at how many women will buy you drinks at the bars :P

 

Send LOTS of pics!

 

That's because they were free and they wanted to talk to the handsome blonde guy that was sailing with you.

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Stop Press - Hoping we have our first Puerto Rico Viper skipper on the start line at CRW.

 

We sent out a useful "Preparation Check List" written by Brad Boston to all the Viper skippers registered for CRW today. (Mucho gracias Brad) Everyone is getting pumped for Charleston!

 

Also circulating has been a little smack talk. Lots of boats capable of top five. Toughest competition ever in the Viper fleet.

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I think the total is going to end up around 260, usually 5-7% doesn't show, so that will make around 240-245, which would be yet another record year on the line. 140 will be inshore on four circles, and I have no idea how that is going to work. 100 and change will be offshore on two circles.

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avatar2.jpgHmmmm. Reminds me of the jingle on the UPS ad,

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRAHa_Po0Kg&feature=relmfu

 

When you've got 40 kegs on 5 slips on the dock, That's logistics

 

When you''ve got a hundred boats on three tidal ramps, That's logistics

 

When you've got six thousand co-eds who call themselves Cougars, That's........damn...what is that?

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