This coming April, Charleston, SC, USA will play host to nearly 300 boats and over 2,500 sailors- all participating in Charleston Race Week 2014; North America’s largest regatta.
Charleston Race Week is well-known for being one of the most anticipated sailing events in the world with 3 days of intense racing, excellent socials, and a great atmosphere. Charleston Race Week has recently won US Sailing's One Design award for Regatta Excellence.
For the first time in the event’s history, the Bahamas will be represented at Charleston Race Week in the competitive J 22 Class. Bahamian sailors Brent Burrows II and Chris Sands are both members of the College of Charleston Varsity Sailing Team; both being born and raised in the Bahamas and having come up through the Bahamas Sailing Association and Nassau Yacht Club sailing programs. Chris is one of the top skippers on the Dinghy team, while Brent competes with the Offshore Team.
This year, the Bahamian duo decided to team up and together sail under the Bahamian Flag, electing to sail in the J 22 Class. Currently, there are 11 boats registered under the J 22 Class, and more are expected with registration still being open for a few more weeks. Despite the relatively small class size, the competition is top-level, including many well known J 22 sailors as well as various Collegiate teams. Chris and Brent will be racing on a boat provided by the College of Charleston, and will be sailing for the Bahamas representing the Nassau Yacht Club / Bahamas Sailing Association. Their third crew member will be fellow C of C Sailing Teammate Stefan Kuehn.
The team is looking forward to preparing quite seriously for this regatta with the goal of placing well and showing the Bahamas that they are serious- ideally opening up the possibility of sailing the upcoming CAC Games in the J 24.
Chris and Brent would like to personally thank Mr. John Lawrence with Windermere Corporate Management for his generous support, the Bahamas Sailing Association, Mr. Tim Munnings with the Department of Sports, and Director of Sailing Greg Fisher at the College of Charleston for his support.
|Bahamian Sailors Brent Burrows and Chris Sands at a past Laser regatta.|