Ken Wruk Wins The Charleston Easter Regatta
5 April 2008
No doubt the Melges 17s where zippin' up and down Charleston Harbor once more for the annual springtime Charleston Easter Regatta. There were six races scheduled and all six races were delivered. No shore-side postponements! No weather delays! Just some really close, tactical and overall fun racing.
As usual, the currents from both rivers ran extremely strong both days and added a forth dimension to the overall tactics.
Day one of the event, three races were sailed with wind pumping from the east then shifted south for the last race of the day. 10-15 knots was the wind speed and gusts to 18 — all day! With the current flowing out of the harbor all day, this made the beads short and the runs slightly longer than usual. Ken Wruk really took charge as his outstanding 1-1-2 finish on the first day was awesome. The best effort past Wruk was Bill and Angie Wiggins, followed by Jim Hilgard with sailing talent Michael Miller trying out the Melges 17 for the very first time.
Saturday, the second and final day of the regatta promised even stronger breeze this time full-on from the south/southwest. With breeze filtering in from a completely different direction the tactical challenge was tough producing huge shifts at the top of the course. In true Charleston style the current was a big factor. Ken Wruk handled it like a pro extending his lead and taking home the honors!
If you missed this event, you missed the very best that the Melges 17 has ever sailed! All scheduled races were sailed in awesome breeze and the race committee work was first class. The dinner on Friday evening was great as always, not to mention the beauty and tradition of Carolina Yacht Club. Once again, Sonny Meavers hosted the awards party at this million-dollar mansion on the battery waterfront in Charleston. All the bumps, bruises, blisters and smiles were on display
If you are looking for a really cool event to do next year that delivers on every promise — this is it! Next year the class is aiming for twenty on the line. Mark your calendars today, you won’t regret it!