Charleston Race Week 25th Anniversary

While many regattas around the world are still getting canceled because of coronavirus, Charleston Race Week pressed forward with its 25th anniversary celebration. It came one year late since the 2020 edition was canceled due to the developing pandemic last April. Mass vaccinations combined with a decrease in positive cases throughout most of the United States prompted longtime event director Randy Draftz to forge forward with a Charleston Race Week 2021. Regatta management did so with an abundance of caution, and numerous precautions were put into place to ensure the event was held in a safe and responsible manner. For this year, the focus on April 9-11 was fully on producing top-notch racing, and on that front the regatta was a tremendous success. Classes on Circle 1 (VX One), Circle 3 (J/88, J/105, ORC D) all reached 10 races, while those on Circle 2 (J/70, Melges 24) and Circle 4 (J/22, J/24, PHRF Inshore) finished with nine. Ken Horne pulled off a rarity in the J/105 fleet, counting all first-place finishes in winning going away. The League City, Texas resident did not need to sail Final Final in Race 10, using that DNS as a discard in netting nine points – 16 less than the runner-up boat. "It’s great to be back on the water racing in a major event. I think this regatta is going to be one of the biggest of 2021, and we were thrilled to be here to experience it," Horne said. "We couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions, although the current was very challenging." Horne became a Charleston Race Week winner for the first time in three attempts in the J/105. After struggling at the Class Midwinter Championship, he made some rig and tuning changes that improved Final Final’s boat speed. For complete results, visit

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