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Fun Family Times on the Water
If there is one thing that stays the same at the Sperry Charleston Race Week every year, it’s the unique combination of quality family time with spirited competitive racing. And this year the event that took place between 13 and 15 April was certainly no different. Every year sailors gather together to compete at this regatta where it is not uncommon for a crew to consist of an entire family.
Take the J/70 Old School’s crew that consists of Brandon Flack along with his wife, and two teenaged children. Flack said, “I was so psyched coming down here because I couldn’t imagine a more fun thing to do. The Flack family are from Connecticut where they are well known in the racing community. They’ve been sailing the J/70 for nearly five years as a family and believe that they have grown up with their beloved boat.
We Don’t Want to Sail With Rock Stars
According to Brandon, it doesn’t matter whether they have good or bad races, they would rather have a bad race with each other as a team than a good one with a bunch of rock stars. Although he is listed as the skipper, Brandon’s wife Cindy is apparently the actual person in charge. But nobody complains when she declares that they would skip a race and spend some time relaxing at the pool.
The Flack Family is not the only one at the Charleston
There are so many other family teams at the Sperry Charleston Race week, it would be impossible to list them all. Led by skipper Robin Team, the J/122 Teamwork includes Robin’s brother Adam and his sons, Coleman and Alston. Husband and wife team Geoff and Mary Ewenson are the sailors of the trophy-winning Viper 640 class Terminally Pretty. Greg and Jo Ann Fisher, yet another couple, took a trophy in their VX One Class Reciprocity. They have been sailing together for a total of 18 years. Fisher said, “I wouldn’t want to sail without my wife.”