Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2013

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

Viper 640
Bliksem, Pieter Taselaar, 5th

Melges 24
Corinthian – Hoodlum Racing, Paul Hulsey, 2nd 

Melges 20
Bacio, Michael Kiss, 1st
Heartbreaker, Robert Hughes, 2nd
Corinthian – USA 17, Mark Bremer, 1st 

Swan 42
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. 

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