Too much of a good thing?
With superlatives like “monster” waves, “insane conditions” and “crazy action,” being tossed around, Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2013 will go down as an event to remember.
The regatta opened and closed with dramatic winds that ultimately led to a cancellation on Sunday of all competition offshore and very limited racing inshore. Only the intrepid competitors in the Pursuit Class got a race in before the event was called. By mid afternoon, the winds surpassed 40 knots, which was just about when the final awards were starting to take place.
Melges 20 Fleet. Photo © Sara Proctor.
In the Melges 20 class, Quantum sails finished 1, 2. Michael Kiss and his crew on Bacio took top honors in convincing fashion with blazing speed, great tactics, and sharp boat handling. Congratulations to the Bacio team that also included Chris Rast, tactician, and Jamie Kimball main trimmer. In the number two spot was Bob Hughes who sailed a superb event on Heartbreaker with Morgan Reeser and Brian Janney.
Bob Hughes' Heartbreaker placed second in the Melges 20 class. Photo © Sara Proctor.
In the Melges 20 Corinthian division, Mark Bremer on USA 17 came out on top with his crew of Dani Rast and Mitchell Kiss. This was Mark’s first M20 event – well done! Also on the podium for Corinthian teams was Paul Hulsey and crew on the Melges 24 Hoodlum Racing. Congrats!
Hoodlum took second in the Melges 24 Corinthian division. Photo © Sara Proctor.
Bert Carp sailing with Quantum Atlantic’s Dave Gross nailed first place in the J/80 class on USA 11. Four bullets in eight races carried the team to a super finish. Congratulations!
Here’s a round-up of the top five finishes for Quantum teams in each division. Congratulations teams!
2013 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week
Top Five Results
USA 11, Bert Carp, 1st
Menance, Kerry Klingler, 5th
Bliksem, Pieter Taselaar, 5th
Corinthian – Hoodlum Racing, Paul Hulsey, 2nd
Bacio, Michael Kiss, 1st
Heartbreaker, Robert Hughes, 2nd
Corinthian – USA 17, Mark Bremer, 1st
Vitesse, Jon Halbert, 3rd
Rebecca, Glenn Gault, 2nd
Dauntless, Don Terwilliger, 3rd
Fearless, John Lucas, 4th
Wicked 2.0, Douglas Curtiss, 5th
Mighty Puffin, Steve Thurston, 1st
Natural Disaster, Barney Hathaway/Tom Moulds, 3rd
Island Flyer, Denny Manrique, 2nd
Diana Sea, Bernie Cignavitch 3rd
Pursuit Class Spinnaker
Indigo, Elliott Dodds, 1st
Naut-on-Call, Eddie Evans, 3rd
Alexandria, Joseph Hanna, 4th
Pursuit Class Non Spinnaker
Houzee, Francisco Davila, 1st
The Usual Suspects, Robert Aymar, 3rd
Peregrine, Timothy Vienneau, 4th
Full results here.
Pieter Taselaar and crew on Viper 640 Bliksem. Photo © Sara Proctor.
Kerry Klingler, head of Quantum's J Boat Division on Menace. Photo © Sara Proctor.