This past weekend, Trey and I headed down to beautiful Charleston to hang out and help out with Sailing Anarchy’s On-the-water Anarchy coverage of the Charleston Race Week. Trey grabbed his 18 foot center console powerboat, and we hit the road and arrived late Friday night. We hooked up with Tripp Burd of team Accelerated Chaos who was calling tactics on a Sabre 36 whose name escapes me. He hooked us up with a great place to stay – since every hotel within 30 miles of the event venue was booked solid. Saturday morning arrived with no wind. While it was calm, Trey and I blasted out to the offshore courses to check out the big boats. We saw a nice Farr 60, a lot of J105′s, and other great looking keel boats. We bobbed around outside the jetties for a while then headed back into the harbor where the sea-breeze had begun to fill in. Shortly after we arrived, the Melges 24′s and the Viper courses started up. We parked the power boat right between the start/finish line of the M24/J24 starting line, and the Windward mark of the Viper course and started enjoying the day’s racing. It was a lot of fun to just sit there and watch for once – instead of stressing out over the starting sequence, which course to sail, trimming, etc… We didn’t really help out as much as I would have liked, but we were able to fly the Anarchy Challenge Flag around the courses which was pretty cool.
Sunday was a whole different ball of wax. The wind was up to 10-14, and MR. CLEAN of Sailing Anarchy needed us to take a photog out to the offshore north course. Taking that 18 foot lake boat out through the jetties was harrowing, and wet. We took tons of spray over the rails and got a thorough soaking – but we also got some great shots that should be showing up soon on the event website.
Was a great weekend and a welcome decompression from the tireless Tybee 500 preparations we’ve been making. Now its back to the daily grind…
Photo Courtesy Alan Block/Sailing Anarchy