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ANTIGUA TO CHARLESTON RACE ANNOUNCED
Monday 10th January 2011

CHARLESTON, SC — OnDeck in partnership with the Antigua Yacht Club and Antigua Sailing Week, is pleased to announce May 4, 2011 as the official start of the first annual Antigua Charleston Race.  Sailors from all ports of call are invited to participate in this 1400 nautical mile ocean challenge from Falmouth Harbour, Antigua to Charleston, SC, USA.  Results will be calculated using CSA or IRC ratings.  With a start following Antigua Sailing Week, this race will conveniently position sailing vessels in Charleston, SC in advance of the biennial Charleston Bermuda Race set to begin on May 21, 2011.  Under the guidance of Bjorn Johnson, 2010 Newport Bermuda Race Chairman and accomplished ocean sailor, this event promises to meet the expectations of competitive ocean yachtsmen.  Registration process is already in full swing with five (5) boats already committed to the event.  Berth opportunities are available to individuals who want to be a part of the excitement. 

Both Antigua and Charleston have a rich yachting tradition and it is hoped that the race will forge closer ties between the two locations in sport and tourism.   The arrival of the competing boats to Charleston Harbor will coincide with many waterfront activities during the month of May including Charleston Harbor Fest, Velux 5 Oceans Solo Challenge Race Village activities and start of its final sprint to LaRochelle, France, then culminating with the start of the Charleston Bermuda Race on May 21, 2011.  

OnDeck is no stranger to the Atlantic and Caribbean sailing scene.  The Rolex Fastnet, Cowes Week, Heineken St. Maarten Regatta, RORC Caribbean 600, Antigua Sailing Week and its own TransAtlantic Challenges are just a few events at which the OnDeck experience sets the standard for competitive and accessible adventure sailing. With the opening of its first US base in Charleston, South Carolina, OnDeck US is poised to move ahead with a long term commitment in developing a well rounded sailing operation offering all levels of sailboat instruction from basic to advanced racing clinics, a wide range of offshore and racing opportunities, skippered charters, yacht management and corporate team building events.   Antigua Charleston Race and Charleston Bermuda Race will serve as the foundation for many additional OnDeck US adventure sailing events. 

An integral part of Antigua's sailing community, Antigua Yacht Club's Antigua Sailing Week team will be key to the success of the event.  OnDeck welcomes their support and looks forward to a lasting partnership that will serve to establish the Antigua Charleston Race as a world class event. 

 Visit www.antiguacharlestonrace.com for Notice of Race, event details, registration information, and yacht charter or berth opportunities.

Contact:
Shelly Warters
Antigua Charleston Race
+1 843.259.9116
sw@ondecksailing.com
 


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