Early leaders after Day 1 of Sperry Charleston Race Week
14 April 2018
first day of racing at Sperry Charleston Race Week (also the ORC
East Coast Championship) featured great racing for the inshore
course area where ORC Class C enjoyed beautiful conditions of 8-12
knots and four races sailed. Unfortunately Race 1 was interrupted by
a mark dragged by a boat in another class, but otherwise racing
among the mix of sportboats and others in the class was dominated by
Mike Beasely’s GP 26 Rattle n Rum, last year’s champion in this
Racing his first ORC regatta, Dave Prucnal and his Antrim 27 Ultraviolet is also doing well in corrected time as runner-up to Beasely by 4 points. Races were scored using Triple Number Medium ratings.
On the offshore course the situation was less favorable, where the thermal took until 1300 local time to fill, and then by only a weak 7-9 knots, allowing two windward-leeward races only with no final distance race back into the harbor as planned. Both races had to be scored with Triple Number Low ratings.
Nonetheless, in ORC Class 1 Steve Benjamin’s TP 52 Spookie dominated with two wins with Ian Hill’s newly-modified XP-44 Sitella as runner-up by 2 points. In ORC Class B Bob Hibdon’s 1D35 Proton is on top now as well with two wins, with another local 1D35, Andrew Guhl’s Fogdog, trailing by 3 points.
“We are using this regatta for crew training and testing so the ocean course is ideal,” said Benjamin, who is prepping Spookie for the Newport-to-Bermuda Race. “We’re real happy about how we started today. We had two nice starts and found more pressure on the left side of the track for some reason.”
Racing resumes today with another two W/L races scheduled for the offshore courses, followed by a race back to the harbor, and Class C will resume with as many more W/L races as conditions and time allows.