Charleston Race Week delivered yet again; a light morning turned into a massive afternoon with gusts in the harbor to 30 knots. Rusty racers and n00bs alike struggled in the puffy frontal breeze, with a few rig casualties – including Bob Hughes M20 Heartbreaker, which was leading when it dropped the mast, and an Ultimate 20. Most everyone is fixed up and ready to go back out there for a lighter Saturday, while Sunday’s promising yet more big stuff. It’s wild to see just about every pro racer who’s not already in Naples right here – and in 20-24 foot boats. T Hutch, Ed Baird, Rosco, Vasco, McKees, Baxters, and on and on and on. You gotta love the sportboat revolution, and there’s little doubt that this event’s early stake claim as the world’s biggest sportboat regatta has been one of the big drivers behind it. There is nowhere in he world where you’ve got four classes of sportboats over 30 strong at one event, and there are no signs that it is even thinking of slowing down. There’s plenty of action offshore, though the match race between Carkeek 40s Decision and Spookie is the most fun to watch…more on Sunday. Full results here.
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