Rattle n Rum wins overall Palmetto Cup in Charleston


24 April 2017

  In the long history of the prestigious Palmetto Cup, the Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA) has awarded to the top-performing boat racing under handicap at Charleston Race Week. For the first time in its history, CORA has awarded this trophy to the top performer using ORC scoring, and on virtue of being the winner of the class with the most number of boats (9) who sailed the most number of races (10) and with the tightest competition, Mike Beasely and his Annapolis-based crew of Joe Gibson, Ted and Joanna Haaland, Scott Gibbs and Ty Van Dalen on their GP 26 Rattle n Rum have won this award this year.

“We have always loved racing here in Charleston, and this year was especially fun with more boats, great breeze, and tough competition,” said Beasely. “We sailed well, but we were pushed all the time, and with ratings giving everyone a fair shot, we could not relax in any race. Starts were important, and finding the right opportunities to dig back if you get behind.”

Runner-up in Class C was Matt Wake and Tim Fitzgerald’s Far East 28R Eagle’s Eye, who just eked ahead of Hawk Caldwell’s Henderson 30 Short Bus by only a half-point. Like Beasely, Wake was bullish on use of ORC for rating these boats. “This was really fun this week, you always knew where you were with the competition, and we are looking forward to more ORC Sportboat racing in the future.”

The other ORC classes were dominated by their strongest teams from start to finish, with the competition being for the Silver and Bronze podium positions. In Class A, Tony Langley’s TP 52 Gladiator managed to stay ahead of a perennial Race Week champion, Robin Team’s J/122 Teamwork, even though the two were only together on the start lines. And winning bronze came down to the last race, with Ian Hill’s XP 44 Sitella just able to edge out John Cooper’s Mill 43 Cool Breeze by one point.

ORC Class B was dominated by another past Race Week champion, Gerry Taylor’s Cape Fear 38 Tangent, with the fight for second coming down to Willy Schwenzfeier’s J/35 Arrow able to beat Ed Norton’s 1D 35 Warhorse in the last race to take Silver by one point.

ORC Class D was also dominated from start to finish by Steve Vincent’s B-25 Fully Involved, who raced flawlessly all week, with George Mason’s Ultimate 24 Ealu capturing second by a point over Steve Young’s B-25 Project Mayhem.

“We made several innovations this year at Race Week, and ORC was one of them,” said Event Director Randy Draftz. “I feel the system performed well, giving us fair racing, good results and a level of transparency we could not get from other systems. This was a valuable addition to our event.”



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