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Story Contributors: John Bowden, Austin Powers, Madeline Gill, Allan Terhune


Fast Designs Excel In Six Divisions and Boat of the Week

Travis Weisleder’s Lucky Dog dominates the Melges 24 fleet. 📸 Pricilla Parker

The 2021 edition of the Charleston Race Week was a great success for North Sails clients in one design and ORC. The overall vibe from sailors was excellent, and everyone was thrilled to be back on the water sailing after a year missed. Charleston didn’t disappoint, providing exciting and challenging racing conditions on the infamous Cooper River. Solid teamwork and talent could be seen across all courses, proving that this year is off to a positive start with a solid kick-off event to welcome the Spring sailing season in North America.

In the Melges 24 class, Team Lucky Dog won the event with three bullets followed by Laura Grodin’s Dark Energy in second place. Melges 24s powered by North finished 1,2,4*,5,7,8,9,10.

Laura Grodin’s Dark Energy, 2nd Place in the Melges 24 Fleet. 📸 Will Keyworth


Doug Clark’s Angry Baboon, VX One Winner and Boat of the Week.

After the postponement of the 2020 edition, the VX One fleet was ready to leave it all on the water. Twenty-five teams from around the country arrived in Charleston for one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year. A 10 race series paired with great weather allowed for one of the tightest events the class has seen.

Congratulations to Doug Clark, Rod Favela, and Emmi Triplett on the win; Chris Alexander, Madeline Gill, and James Roe in second; Michelle Warner, Reed Baldrige, and Austin Powers in third; and to all of the North Sails clients who competed. North Sails clients finished 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,and 10 in the VX One Class.

Team Stampede, winners in the J70 class.

The competition in the J/70 class was no different. Twenty-seven teams arrived in Charleston ready to battle for the title, the largest J70 regatta since the beginning of the pandemic. Congratulations to Bruno Pasquinelli and team Stampede for sailing a brilliant 9-race series powered by North’s F-1 mainsail, J-2+ Jib and AP-1 Asymmetric. North clients finished 1,3,4,6,7,8, 9* in the J/70 class.

In the J/22 class, North clients swept the podium with Justin DaMore’s team Yem winning the series. North Clients fueled by 3Di, Teamwork,  Hooligan, and FogDog also took first place respectively in ORC A, ORC B, and ORC D divisions.

ORC B winners Robin Team’s Teamwork. 📸  Will Keyworth

Story Contributors

North Clients Shine at Charleston Race Week headshot
John Bowden

Sail Expert — Charleston, South Carolina

John started sailing very young and was a competitive youth sailor in Texas where he grew up. He started working for a sailmaker at 16 in Austin, TX. He went to college at the College of Charleston graduating in 2004....

North Clients Shine at Charleston Race Week headshot
Austin Powers

Sail Expert — Annapolis, Maryland

Austin started his sailing career at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, VA, racing Optis and Laser Radials in the FBYC junior race program and sailing with his parents on their cruising boat. The sailmaking industry was always on his...

North Clients Shine at Charleston Race Week headshot
Madeline Gill

Sail Designer, Sail Expert — Charleston, South Carolina

Based in Charleston, SC Madeline joined North Sails in 2018, after three years at Goetz Composites in Bristol, Rhode Island. She grew up sailing both dinghies and keelboats out of Cedar Point Yacht Club before attending the University of Virginia....

North Clients Shine at Charleston Race Week headshot
Allan Terhune

One Design Expert — Annapolis, Maryland

Allan Terhune, Jr., has won eleven North American Championships (in the Lightning, Flying Scot and Thistle Classes) and was crowned the 2013 J/22 World Champion. Allan is also a class expert in the Etchells, J/70, J/80, J/88, J/105, J/111 with...

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