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Maritime Mayhem and Momentum on the Charleston Harbor
Apr 03, 2016 • By Places Real Estate • 0 Comments
For hundreds of years the Charleston Harbor has received sailing ships and sailors from across the globe, some more infamous than others. A bevy of pirates and privateers have made their way to Charleston’s waters throughout the centuries, none more notorious than Blackbeard. In May 1718, Blackbeard and crew held the entire city of Charleston hostage for medicine while plundering nine ships that dared to pass his harbor blockade. Blackbeard eventually received his ransom of medicine (to cure the clap) and released all of his hostages, some of which had to return to port in their birthday suits.
Modern day visitors to Charleston’s Harbor are much more subdued and consist of container ships, dinner cruises, day-trippers, and cruise ships, but there is still excitement on the seas. For the month of April, sailing professionals and amateurs make their way to Charleston to participate in several thrilling racing events.
The country’s number one keelboat regatta is headquartered at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Mount Pleasant. Charleston Race Week runs from April 14th – 17th and has grown to become the largest regattas of its kind in North or South America. The week is sponsored by Sperry and owned and operated by the local nonprofit organization, Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA). The regatta is open to One-Design racing sailboats 19 -80 feet in length, and PHRF and IRC racing sailboats 24 -80+ feet in length. The three-day regatta offers competitive racing in the harbor and offshore. Registration is open until April 8th.
Fairly new to the April race scene (thrilling and a bit unorthodox) is the Fort 2 Battery Race held April 8th and 9th in the Charleston Harbor and James Island. Gather on the Battery Saturday afternoon at 2pm to take in the barrage of kiteboards, catamarans, moths, and boats as they race from Fort Sumter to the Battery at speeds over 30 miles per hour. Last year’s winner, Zack Marks, covered the 3.8 mile course in 6 minutes 10 seconds breaking the previous year’s record of 8 minutes 56 seconds. Registration closes April 5th – 9th depending on event.
Whether you are seaworthy or not, there are plenty of festivities, opportunities to be a spectator, and of course beach parties, bonfires, and trophies to celebrate the big winners.
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