The 19th edition of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, April 11-13, lived up to its reputation as one of the great regattas in North America. The event provided racing for over 2,000 racers in 16 separate classes, including for the first time, a gathering of offshore multihulls. The event drew competitors from 27 states and five continents, from as far away as New Zealand, Scandinavia, Brazil, Guatemala, Australia and Peru.
The J/70 fleet was 80 boats strong.
Quantum joined the event this year as corporate sponsor and official sailmaker, offering onsite sail repair services, hospitality venues, and daily debriefs with America’s Cup winner and Quantum Racing helmsman Ed Baird.
On the water, Quantum-powered teams had a great event with several taking home some new hardware. This year, the Palmetto Cup–the award for the best overall performance by a boat in the handicap classes–went to Quantum customer John Cooper, owner of Cool Breeze, a custom Mills 43 out of Lake Stockton, Missouri.
In the highly competitive J/70 class (80 boats at CRW) Rob Britts and team on Hot Mess continued to impress with another Corinthian title and second place overall. This achievement comes on the heels of his Corinthian win and second place finish at the Quantum J/70 Winter Series at Davis Island Yacht Club. Click here for interview with Britts after his win.
Thanks to all Quantum customers who came out to support the event!
Hot Mess, J/70 Corinthian winner and second overall.
Top Quantum Results
2014 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week
1 – Midnight Blue, Jason Michas
2 – Section 16*, Richard Davies
3 – Bacio, Michael Kiss
6 – Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team, Travis Weisleder
Melges 20 Corinthian
3 – Wild Deuces, Paul Currie
3 – Mojo, Steve Rhyne
6 – Zingara, Richard Reid
Melges 24 Corinthian
2 – Leda, Chris Field
3 – Party Girl, Jens Altern Wathne
2 – Hot Mess, Rob Britts
1 – Hot Mess, Rob Britts
3 – Mango, Ken Mangano
4 – Cool J, Alex Kraus
6 – USA 11, Bert Carp
1 – Cool Breeze, John Cooper (Palmetto Cup Winner)
4 – Kinetic, Rob Stein
6 – Wicked 2.0, Douglas Curtiss
4 – Moose Down, Rick Moore
5 – Illyria, John Keenan
2 – Mighty Puffin, Steve Thurston
6 – Old School, Paul Jacques
1 – Island Flyer, Denny Manrique
Pursuit Class- Spinnaker
2 – Azura, Jamie Walker
3 – Alexandria, Joseph Hanna
4 – Traveller, Bjorn Kronquist
Pursuit Class – Non Spin
1 – Destiny, Scott Strother
2 – Peregrine, Timothy Vienneau
4 – Cheers, Jim Smith
*Partial Q Inventory
Full Results here.
More event videos here.
Quantum One Design Sails here.
Quantum-powered J/80s finished 3rd, 4th and 6th overall.
Team Bacio, skippered by Michael Kiss, finished 3rd in the Melges 20 class.
Quantum boats dominated the Melges 20 fleet finishing first, second, third and sixth.
Steve Rhyne and crew on Mojo took third in the Melges 24 division.
Mojo, Melges 24 top finisher.
Leda, owned by Chris Field, captured second place in the Melges 24 Corinthian division. Above is Party Girl, owned by Jens Altern Wathne, which took third place in the same division.
Quantum Sail Photos by Libby Tomlinson