April 21, 2015

Charleston Race Week 2015 Report | Ullman Sails Team USA 32

The 2015 Charleston Race Week (CRW) concluded in fantastic fashion and typical Charleston conditions.  A ripping current, excellent competition and unparalleled organization.

From pursuit racing to the largest one design fleet racing around CRW has something to offer everyone.  If you missed the first few reports then check them out here

We went into the final day of the regatta on an upstroke after having a great second day.  After posting an 8,2 we were looking forward to improving again.  The A-typical weather (or so everyone told us) was making the regatta a wet and somewhat cold one.  That combined with the current and lack of wind was really making things challenging.  At sme point during the day people were actually using their spinnakers just to maintain their position on the starting line and not be called over.  Point being was the current was ripping.

Staying in the top ten in every race is important and that is what we did on the final day.  Finding a lane off the line and playing the current on this final day was the name of the game.  We hit the beach on the upper third and got out of the current for the tack over to the mark.  It was a bit chaotic at the top mark as people found themselves short of layline with nowhere to go but into the mark. 

Doug Mclean
It is a pleasure to sail with good sailors and ones you call friends.  That is the vibe on USA 32 and even though we were USA 312 for this regatta it does not matter.  Doug Mclean (California Yacht Club) is excited about moving forward and planning more regattas as we speak.  Perhaps a J-70 Mexican Nationals in Cancun?  We will have to wait and see!

The most consistent of the 83 boat fleet was Flojito Y Cooperando.  The Mexican based J-70 was always higher and faster and smarter.  Flojito is powered by the 2015 Ullman Sails Main. 

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