Charleston Race Week thrills both on and off the water
Every April in Charleston, SC, the sailing world gathers for the largest regatta in North America, Charleston Race Week. Participants often walk away wondering if it was a weeklong world-class party with a regatta thrown in or if it was a week of world-class sailing with equally amazing festivities thrown in. There are two races, the race to win the regatta and the race to win the party. Both are taken very seriously.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Torqeedo, the world leader in electric propulsion, was again proud to be a major sponsor of the regatta. “It’s a great opportunity for us to interact with our core market of small sailboats” said Steve Trkla, President and General Manager of Torqeedo Inc.
Charleston Race Week provides a unique setting with flat water, great breeze and plenty of tight racing. It has grown into a world-class regatta which is run by experienced professionals and hundreds of dedicated volunteers.
Torqeedo has been actively involved since the inception of the J70 class three years ago. This year 84 J70 sail boats raced in a world-class fleet. Torqeedo this year had two boats sailing in the class and were hard to miss with their branded boats.
“The competition on the water is fierce with some amazing sailors out there. It’s great to see a large proportion of our fleet using Torqeedo motors” said Chris Carroll, skipper of the Torqeedo J70 and Vice President of Sales.
“Five years ago you wouldn’t have seen a single boat using electric propulsion but the Travel 1003 is so lightweight, compact and easy to use it just makes sense for these boat owners. Now, it’s the norm.” said Carroll.
Hospitality in this Southern city is, as expected, very welcoming. The 300-plus boats returning are greeted at the dock by smiling volunteers, sponsored by Torqeedo and Gosling’s Rum, to greet the sailors with cold Dark and Stormy drinks to quench their thirst, celebrate their successes, commiserate their challenges and lubricate the stories of the day. From the dock, teams make their way to the nightly beach party with a band, free-flowing Gosling’s and great bbq.
“Torqeedo is happy to sponsor Charleston Race Week. The regatta continues to grow and get better every year.” said Trkla.
Original Source; Sportsmans Lifestyle.com