Consistent breeze that ranged from light to medium to heavy? Check. Close competition and exciting racing across the broad spectrum of classes? Check. High-quality race committee work? Check. Factor in three days of beautiful, warm, sunny weather and the 2022 Charleston Race Week demonstrated why sailors come back year after year. Skipper Marcus Rogers and his crew aboard Wind Monkey won six of the nine races they sailed on the way to an impressive victory in the J/24 fleet, which attracted 10 boats. Carter White steered while Evan Headley-Jones called tactics for Rogers, who got the gun in Race 9 to clinch the series. Chris Lombard (trimmer) and Molly White (foredeck) completed the crew aboard Wind Monkey, which finished six points ahead of Ice Cube (Michael Quaid). “It’s an honor and a privilege to win Charleston Race Week, especially in tough conditions like this. It was hard-fought racing and a heck a lot of fun,” Rogers said. “Our consistency was tremendous. It was easy to post a big number in this regatta, but we sailed conservatively, grinded away and always stayed in the game.”

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