Spectator Boat for the Melges 24 Nationals September 19 & 20

Strictly speaking this post isn’t about Dewees.  But lots of people from Dewees have expressed an interest in sailboat racing in Charleston Harbor.

There’s a great opportunity to watch the racing up close on September 19 & 20.  Judy and Reggie Fairchild are hosting the OSAsailing.com 2008 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship.

More than 50 identical boats have registered, including a number for Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, former College All Americans, Olympians, and former National Champions.  The racing is going to be crisp and fast and fun to watch.

Palmetto Breeze is offering spectators the chance to watch the championship up close. Bring your family and friends to experience the action and cheer on the crews. Here are all the details:

Designed and built locally, Charleston’s spacious 1,700 sq ft 100 passenger catamaran Palmetto Breeze provides both comfort and speed with dual diesels, 2 bathrooms, covered cushioned seating, stereo and bar. Set sail from Charleston Harbor Marina at Patriot’s Point to sail along with the world’s best competitors! Bottled water and soft drinks $1 each, domestic beer $2, imported beer $3, glasses of wine $3. No coolers please, but please feel free to bring your picnic basket. Sailing 11:30am-3:00pm, Friday, Sept. 19th, $40 per person, and 11:30am-3:00pm, Sat. Sept. 20th, $40 per person. Twenty (20) passenger minimum. Reservations: 843-886-8133, 800-524-3444. For more information see: www.aqua-safaris.com

Reggie will be racing “Wireless” — sail number 626.

You can also buy tickets to the parties at the Charleston Yacht Club.  See M24Charleston.com for details.  There’s also a blog about the regatta at M24Charleston.WordPress.com.  If you have questions, give Judy a call.

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