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Audi Melges National Championship At Sperry Charleston Race Week 2015

27 March 2015

Charleston, South Carolina — When Sperry Charleston Race Week gets under way next month (April 16-19), there will be a lot at stake for most of the competitors. And for the sailors competing in the Melges 20 fleet, even more will be on the line. The officers of the Audi Melges 20 Class have chosen to stage their 2015 National Championship regatta as part of the event.

When asked why the class opted to select Sperry Charleston Race Week as the venue for its U.S. Nationals, International Class President Rob Wilber was quick to respond. “The answer is quite simple. Charleston Race Week is the premiere showcase and it fosters the fun of one-design racing in the Audi Melges 20 Class. So, from that perspective, it is the perfect choice for one of our marquee North American events. And, off the water, well, the night life on King Street is not so bad either! It’s all fun in Charleston!”

Nearly 30 teams are expected to compete in the event, traveling from as far away as Ontario, Canada and Belvedere, Calif. Among those crews will be Michael Kiss’ Bacio team out of Miami, Fla., hot off a win at the 37-boat Miami Midwinter Series in February. Several teams are expected to challenge Bacio’s crew, including Jason Michas’ Midnight Blue team out of Long Island, NY. Michas and his fellow argonauts emerged victorious in the 31-boat Miami Midwinter Series in December.

All of the teams that materialize to vie for the National Championship will be treated to superb race management. The organizers of Charleston Race Week customarily import the most experienced race officers to manage the activity on the water. In addition, this regatta has hosted class championships in the past, including the U.S. National and North American championships for the Melges 24 Class, a past U.S. National Championship for the Audi Melges 20 Class, and a North American championship for the J/24 Class.

Sperry Charleston Race Week will celebrate its 20th edition this year. For additional information about the event, log on to www.charlestonraceweek.com. You can also follow the event on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo and YouTube.


Tight action in the Melges 20 class at the 2014 edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week.
Charleston Race Week/Meredith Block Photo

About Sperry Charleston Race Week
Sperry Charleston Race Week runs from April 16-19 this year and is open to all sailboats from 19 to 80 feet in length. (The offshore classes accept boats from 24 to 80 feet, but only those capable of sailing offshore.) The event is owned and managed by Charleston Ocean Racing Association, and is supported by Sperry, the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Vineyard Vines, Gosling’s Rum, and Quantum Sail Design Group. Additional sponsors include the Town of Mt. Pleasant, Gill, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, and Torqeedo Outboards, along with Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Newport Shipyard, B&G/Simrad, West Marine, Optimum Time, Francisco Davila’s Signature Coffee, Dimension Polyant, Bainbridge, with additional support from US Sailing, Charleston Community Sailing, Other Brother Entertainment, Stage Presence Event Rentals, College of Charleston Sailing Association, Zip2Water, Harken, Rancilio Coffee, Charleston County, Clean Harbors, New England Ropes, Hysucat US, OceanRacing.com, Charleston Yacht Club, Cricket Wireless, SailFlow.com, and Azalea Moving and Storage.

About Sperry
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