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Spectacular M32 catamarans coming to Sperry Charleston Race Week

march11 m32charleston sSpectacular high-performance catamarans will be racing around Charleston Harbor next month – blasting past Patriot’s Point Marina at speeds approaching 30 knots.

Spectators watching from the water, marina docks or onshore will be thrilled by the sight of 32-foot multihulls flying around a short course set in the area approaching Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

The M32 is coming to 2019 edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week, adding another thrilling element to an already action-packed event. Class organizers brought two of the high-speed catamarans to last year’s regatta to assess the logistics and came away determined to add Sperry Charleston Race Week to the annual racing schedule.

“Charleston checks so many of the boxes we look for in venues – nice conditions, easy logistics, a fun city with great night life and a rocking beach party!” said Dave Doucett, Director of M32 North America. “We did some test racing there last year and absolutely had a blast. We are looking forward to bringing a strong fleet and enjoying some exciting racing in a beautiful locale.”

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New “Hybrid Pursuit” Course in the Works at SCRW

There has been much discussion over the years regarding the offshore race courses at SCRW. Many former offshore boats have been choosing to race in the Pursuit class versus the offshore circles. This could be due to a variety of reasons - a later start time; a more flexible course; and an earlier finish time in the harbor, convenient to the regatta headquarters at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina.

To accommodate the suggestions and desires of offshore boats, the regatta organizers have created another pursuit course called “Hybrid Pursuit.” This course will replace offshore Circle Five and be open to racer/cruisers using ORC and One Design. The new course will provide up to three individual races per day as conditions allow. The first race will be a pursuit race starting at the pursuit course starting line (inshore) and finishing out in the ocean where a windward/leeward course will be set up for race number two. Race number three will be a race back into the harbor, finishing at the pursuit finish line, in close proximity to the regatta headquarters. (Sample course diagram below.)

The organizers are looking to have the new format be one continuous race with a scoring gate at the end of each leg, for fairness, while still getting in three races. The race committee will manage the course lengths to allow for a 1600 pm finish. The Pursuit Course for 2019 will be less complicated than in the past (PHRF only with fewer marks), getting back to its original intention of being fun and more racer-friendly for cruisers, novices and boats with non-spinnakers.

This new class/format also brings questions about the number of crew and crew weights. As in the past, the Pursuit Course will not limit crew, as this course is designed to be a fun race for boats that might not normally compete at Race Week (see NOR 4.2). However, the “hybrid course,” due to its competitive nature, will have crew restrictions per your ORC certificate’s calculated default, and you will need RC/OA for approval and recording. Entries not using their default crew weight shown on their ORC certificate may declare a different crew weight that is +/- 25% of the default weight figure. This must be shown on your valid 2019 ORC certificate. Contact the US Sailing Offshore office to renew or amend your ORC certificate with this or any other new information:

The new “Pursuit Hybrid ORC/One Design” class has been created on the Sperry Charleston Race Week Event Page in Yacht Scoring, and many boats have already been moved over to it. For input or questions about the new class, please don’t hesitate to send a note to, because organizers listen to what competitors have to say! The regatta is tweaked each year to make sure it continues to live up to its great reputation for epic fun and competitive racing!

Please note: The illustration below is a conceptual drawing only. The actual course will be available in the Sailing Instructions, which may change, based on wind direction and conditions, on any given day.

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RS21 Charters Avaliable For Charleston Race Week

Over the next two months RS are excited to offer RS21 charter opportunities for Charleston Race Week.

The RS21 is the newest model from RS Sailing, the world’s largest small sailboat manufacturer with a mission to get more people sailing. The RS21 provides a high stability hull, user-friendly rig and well-balanced helm for between two and four people to race. Not only is the RS21 a pleasure to sail, RS Sailing dramatically reduced the carbon footprint associated with production of the boat by building a hull made from eco-friendly materials.

Sailing World editor, Dave Reed, expressed his enthusiasm towards the introduction of an RS21 fleet: “As a boat that’s designed and built for fleet racing, match racing or team racing, it’s a perfect fit for our regattas. The charter and coaching concept is an excellent and economical way for teams to come and race, to learn and experience a truly modern keelboat.”

Charlseton Race Week, 11-14 April, is the premier multi-class sailing regatta in America and offers three days of excellent competition, evening debriefs and parties. You can now enter with an early registration discount and book your RS21 charter boat via the RS Sailing store website for $2,500.00 per boat. This will also include on day of training on the 10 April.

This is a great opportunity for sailors to experience world-class racing in a rewarding and exciting environment with the RS21.

Best Practices for Race Management Forum

The Best Practices of Race Management Forum was held on January 12, from 9-5 at Charleston Yacht Club. The forum can be attended via Zoom Web-conferencing at

Topics  covered included: Starting Best Practices; Course Management; Mark Management; On Water Safety; On Water Umpiring; and Race Management Operations.

Watch the entire forum on video here.

Don't miss out on early registration discounts!

Registration is now open for the country’s premier multi-class regatta! Register early to save $100, as well as event ticket discounts.

You can also get Charleston Harbor Resort room discounts through Dec. 31st!

The event is based on a winning formula - three days of superb competition, top-flight race management, four nights of beach parties, and post-race debriefs.

Convenient launch and haul-outs will again be available at various locations.

Save the date for a “regatta unlike any other” - April 11-14, 2019. Details, NOR and registration link at

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