It’s no secret that Charleston Race Week has somehow bucked the downward trend that’s hit so many major winter/spring regattas so hard, and with almost 180 total entries on four courses, it’s safe to say that the event has finally grown past its local roots to become a major national regatta with a strong future. We love the regatta – the stories of Charleston’s hospitality are definitely not exaggerated, the beach parties are legendary, and the female-heavy population downtown makes the bar scene very pleasant, to say the least.
We’re happy to announce that, starting this Friday, we’ll be bringing you On-The-Water Anarchy from Charleston for the third straight year – and we’ve got a few twists for this edition of our live regatta coverage. Firstly, we’re going to be truly live – or very nearly so. We’ve got new cameras, a completely new interface and viewer, and hopefully, the action will be the clearest and best that we’ve ever been able to deliver. We’re also going to be focusing on only one fleet for our live video – unsurprisingly, the always hot Melges 24 Class, which is full of teams gearing up for their Annapolis Worlds in just a few short months. This focus may help answer much of the criticism we heard after Key West – our coverage was somewhat disjointed by jumping around from course to course – and the M24 circle is likely to have the closest racing of all.
Fans of other classes won’t be left out though – the organizers have hired our old pal Petey Crawford’s Penalty Box Productions to shoot and publish daily videos of all the racing in his charged-up style, while half a dozen photographers (including Mer, of course) will be floating around the course bringing you images of everything from the Laser SB3 to the Farr 60. And the OTW Anarchy camera will be rolling at each night’s parties, finding the best interviews with the most interesting people at the event.
A big thanks to our title sponsor, the US Melges 24 Class, for making the coverage of CRW possible. The professionalism and creativity of the Class makes it hard to believe that this great fleet is more than 15 years old – they always seem at the forefront of the game.
Also supporting On-The-Water Anarchy from Charleston are Point Loma Outfitting, always pimping sailors with the sweetest gear possible, Latis Yachting Solutions, THE go-to source to transport any boat, on-budget and on time, with the insurance and licensing that ensure no unpleasant surprises for your next move. We’ve got two local sponsors as well – the first is Ocean Sailing Academy, which offers learn-to-sail and cruising classes on the great waterways around Charleston, as well as one of the only dedicated high-performance racing clinics in the country in your choice of the Melges 24 or the J/109. Local (and on-line) chandler Charleston Yachting is also supporting OTW Anarchy for the first time – owner (and Race Week PRO) Randy Draftz has put together an awesome local sailing shop that can supply just about anything a racer or cruiser needs at a great price. Every one of our sponsors will be putting together special offers and giveaways for the viewers of On-The-Water Anarchy, so be sure to check back on Thursday for all the links and details. You can check out the last two years of Charleston Race Week coverage here and here.