Taran Teague, the PRO on Circle 5 (our only offshore race course), is a big fan of Race Week. She competed here for several years and then five years ago decided to help out with the race committee work. This year will be her second stint as the PRO on the regatta’s offshore racecourse.
“What a super event!” says Teague. “Sperry Charleston Race Week is one of my most favorite regattas! With the warm Southern hospitality, the sandy beach venue, the great racing and great food, with fun sponsors and nice trophies, there’s not a lot more that you could ask for. I really like that it’s competitive, but fun and always memorable. For me, I think of Race Week as the first breath of spring. It’s a great way to start the racing season! In Annapolis and on the Chesapeake Bay where I live, our summer sailing season begins about a month after it does in Charleston, so it’s always fun to head down to South Carolina and get the sailing season started a little earlier.”
Teague has an extensive racing background. She grew up in coastal North Carolina, sailing a variety of boats and running races. After finishing college, she visited Annapolis and decided that was where she’d put down roots.
“On the Potomac in Washington, D.C.,” she says, “we raced Albacores, followed by a J/27, a B-32 and now a Farr 30 that we race out of Annapolis. Over the years, we’ve traveled and raced our boats in Key West, Newport and Cape Cod. We’ve done the Figawi, Block Island Race Week as well as Sperry Charleston Race Week. I still campaign my Farr 30 and actually had a good finish at the Oxford Summer, Boat Yard Bar and Grill Regatta and the Annapolis Leukemia Cup. Between racing, I do race committee for at least one major competition a month, ranging from Optimist Class championships, to Sunfish worlds and Farr 40 North Americans, traveling to 12 or more locations a year.
When she’s not racing or performing RC duties, Teague (a former corporate and institutional banker for 33 years) helps nonprofits with their financial management. She has served on the board of US Sailing, and currently serves on the board of the National Sailing Hall of Fame as well as those for Camp Sea Gull and Seafarer.
When it comes to handling the duties on Circle 5 at Race Week, Teague is keen to point out that she doesn’t do it alone. “We’re fortunate to have an abundance of RC talent and experience on our course. I’m a National Race Officer as well as a judge, but we also have Bruce Bingman and John Abel out there who are both National Race Officers. In addition, we have Ray Redness and Janet Geisberger who are both Regional Race Officers, and we have Liz Walker from US Sailing, who keeps us keeping us straight on scoring. For 2017, we’re planning to achieve excellence in race management on Circle 5 and we’ve got a stellar team to accomplish just that!”