the wrath of charleston

Gusts in the mid 30s sent the windward/leeward fleets in with no racing on the final day of Charleston Race Week, while 20-something boats in three Pursuit classes including the Class 40s gave it a try.   Half the fleet retired including two of the 40s; Here, Joe Harris’s Gryphon Solo 2 fetches out of the harbor under triple reefed main.  They hit 20+ knots on the sleigh ride back in, while Icarus tore a halyard block out of the deck and retired before getting even to Fort Sumter.  Mike Hennessey and Rob Windsor on Dragon blew up a sail at the mouth of the jetties in the washing machine of evil, barely getting the engine on before hitting the bricks.  It was a good shakedown for next month’s Class 40 Atlantic Cup which starts right here in Charleston and heads to NYC and then Newport.

We’ll have some sick video of the overall event this evening as well as an overall Clean report on the 286-boat event on Wednesday.  Good times.

Photo credit Meredith Block/Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week with about 300 more here, and still more here.

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