Sperry Charleston Race Week is staging its first-ever Pro-Am this year. Join the fun on Saturday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m on the beach at our regatta village. The racing will take place right off the Wedding Pier at the south end of the beach.
The competition will consist of a series of very short races in the College of Charleston Sailing Program’s fleet of J/22s. Nine esteemed “professionals,” renowned among racing sailors, will steer and lead each crew of four. They’ll all be competing to raise funds for the College of Charleston’s Sailing Program.
The best part is that anyone can participate. For a donation of $250 to the College of Charleston Sailing Program (tax deductible), you can race with some of the best talent in the sport. (To sign up, email Greg Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 410.212.4916)
Here’s the lineup of pros:
|Stephanie Roble – This 2014 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year from East Troy, Wisconsin grew up sailing Optimists, dinghies and scows on inland lakes around her region. She went on to become a two time All-American at Old Dominion University. She’s now the No. 1 ranked woman in U.S. match racing, and a brief list of her prolific achievements includes winning the 2014 Etchells 22 Nationals and the 2015 World Championships, first at the U.S. Open Match Race Championship in 2014, first at the U.S. Women’s Match Race Championship (2012 and 2014), and first at the Women’s International Match Race Series in 2015.|
|Paul Henderson – Known as “The Pope of Sailing,” this Toronto native has a lengthy legacy in the sport, both as a competitor and as top administrator. Henderson has won 12 national championships in Canada, five in the U.S., a North American championship and national championships in both Holland and Bermuda. Those were in a range of classes including International 14, Flying Dutchman, Finn, Star, Fireball, Soling and 470. Henderson is also a four-time Olympic sailor. He served as the President of ISAF for 10 years, and has held key positions in sailing-specific organizations at the local, regional, national and international levels.|
|David Loring – Charleston native David Loring is a three-time Sunfish World Champion and Laser North American Champion. These days, he races actively in the foiling Moth Class and sails on occasion in the J/70 Class. A software sales executive, Loring refers to himself as a part-time professional in the sport.|
|Paris Henken – Hailing from Southern California, this Olympic competitor (2016 Games in Rio; 29er) learned to sail in Sabots. She won the U.S. Youth Championships in 2011, the 2010 North Americans in the 29erXX. She was included on the 2012 All-Star Junior racer’s list and became a member of the US Olympic Sailing Team in 2015. She was named the Outstanding Female Sailor of the Year at the San Diego Yacht Club for the past two years. Henken now races as a member of the College of Charleston’s varsity sailing team.|
|Alan Terhune – As the Global One-Design Director for Quantum Sails, Terhune is an active racing sailor. His resume includes a J/22 World Championship as well as eleven North American Championships won across three classes (Lightning, Flying Scot and Thistle). Terhune is also a top performer in the Etchells 22, J/80 and J/70 classes. In 2007, he received US Sailing’s One Design Leadership Award and was a Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Finalist in 2008 and 2013.|
|Malcolm Page – Recently named as US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Director, Page is a two-time Olympic Champion and a seven-time World Champion in the 470. He has also won gold medals at Kiel Week, Hyeres and too many other big events to list. Page is widely considered the most successful Olympic-class racer in Australia’s history. In 2016, he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.|
|David Hughes – Based in Miami, Florida, Hughes is a two-time National Champion and three-time North American Champion in the 470 Class. He’s an Olympian an Olympic coach and a Melges 24 World Champion. He’s also won the 470 European Championships, five World Cup Gold Medals and is a three-time finalist for Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and is an inductee in the NEISA Collegiate Hall of Fame.|
|David Pritchard – The owner and president of Gill North America grew up racing Snipes and Stars with his father after moving from England to Long Island, New York. He has competed at the highest levels of the sport for several decades in a range of boats, including 470s, Fireballs, Coronado 15s and J/24s.|
|Christophe Killian – This Newport Beach, California native is a junior at the College of Charleston and is currently the No. 1-ranked match racer in the U.S. He is also the current match racing champion in the collegiate ranks. He won the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Match Racing Nationals in 2015 and the Oakcliff International in 2016, which is a Grade 2 event. Apart from his collegiate competition, he also sails actively on the match-racing circuit.|
|Morgan Trubovich is a name synonymous with grand prix racing success. This New Zealander has competed in five different America’s Cup competitions from 1993 to 2013. He’s been part of the winning crew at the Farr 40 Worlds four times, has won the Congressional Cup four times, the Tour de France three times and boasts victories in the Fastnet Race, the Caribbean 600, the Sydney-Hobart Race and the Extreme Sailing Series. And that’s just the beginning of his ample resume.|