21st Charleston Race Week Sailing Regatta

Sailing Regatta


North America’s largest keelboat regatta is coming to the Lowcountry with 6 race courses and countless fans. On, April 14-17th, the Sperry Charleston Race Week is a five day program features two days of training in Charleston Harbor followed by the 3 day regatta. This year, the event celebrates its 21st year. Charleston, South Carolina was chosen as the venue because of the area’s beautiful weather and its historic harbor at the mouth of the Cooper River.

Charleston was founded and settled by English colonists nearly 350 years ago. It grew from a colonial seaport to a wealthy city by the mid-eighteenth century. Charleston is where the Civil War officially began. The area was slow to recover from the devastation of war. But these days, Charleston is more like a major city and small seaport town wrapped into one.

Charleston is a thriving boating community filled with waterfront retirement communities. Folks love Charleston because of the wide variety of Lowcountry cuisine, one-of-a-kind shops on its cobblestone streets and the historic architecture. In 2015, Conde Nast Traveler Magazine voted Charleston as the top small city tourist destination in the United States for the fifth year in a row. 

Charleston’s residents know something tourists don’t – the area isn’t only a great place to visit, it’s an amazing place to live and retire. The area is home to a mild four season climate and number of barrier islands and beaches. South Carolina is also tax-friendly to retirees, no wonder nearly a quarter of its residents are 55 years or older.

One of the best places to live in Charleston if you want to live on the beach, if you don’t mind sharing a little with tourists, is at Wild Dunes Resort. The gated community is located on Sullivan Island less than 30 minutes from historic, downtown Charleston. It overlooks the Morgan Creek Marina, borders a white hard sandy beach, has its own golf course and tennis courts. This is one of the waterfront retirement communities offering low maintenance condominiums, townhomes, single family and deepwater homes. The Charleston gated community has a variety of dining options and a luxurious spa in the heart of the Wild Dunes Resort.

The Isle of Palms is a quaint barrier island town with a huge boating community directly across from Wild Dunes. It borders the Atlantic Ocean and is separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway. The location is great for outdoor fun including fishing charters, boat cruises, sailing, beach games and other family activities.

Daniel Island is another waterfront retirement community just northwest of Charleston. It’s one of the best places to live in Charleston thanks to its two private golf courses, extensive tennis facilities, the Blackbaud Soccer Stadium and miles of rivers and streams for kayaking. Daniel Island neighborhoods include tree-lined streets and amazing views or rivers or golf courses. This unique island town is a 4,000-acre boating community that overlooks Charleston Harbor and includes a vibrant downtown area where residents come for shopping, dining, and socializing. You won't find a deepwater marina at Daniel Island.

Seabrook Island is one best places to live in Charleston south of downtown. Just 45 minutes outside the city, residents there are surrounded by pristine beaches and sand dunes. The gated community has two championship golf courses, a fantastic tennis center and racquet club, tasty restaurants,  a fitness center, and the area’s only full-service equestrian center. Just beyond the gates, residents have access to a deepwater marina. The Bohicket Marina has 200 wet slips, 90 dry storage slips and a market filled with incredible restaurants, shops and offices. Every year, Bohicket hosts a huge billfish tournament that brings in serious anglers and families from around the area.

The 21st Annual Sperry Charleston Race Week is a great time for boaters to check out Charleston. We’re confident the history, beautiful beaches and boating community will be worth your while. If you fall in love, like many do, don’t miss exploring the waterfront retirement communities to see why one of the country’s most popular areas is attracting retirees.

To learn about the best places to live in Charleston, ask for our free Charleston relocation information. It’s our pleasure to help.

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