Mount Pleasant Magazine March/April 2024

31 | | Charleston Race Week returns April 18-21 for the 28th installment of its regatta and this year marks the launch of a new partnership with Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum that will transform the competition into one of the most unique regattas worldwide. On Jan. 11, Charleston Race Week Director Randy Draftz, Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie and Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Executive Director Allison Hunt held a joint press conference to announce that Patriots Point is the new permanent home and partner of the multi-day event, which will now be known as Charleston Race Week at Patriots Point. Widely considered the pinnacle of annual sailboat racing events in the country, Charleston Race Week draws sailors from 27 states and 12 different countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Australia and Brazil and has an estimated $5 million economic impact annually on the local economy. “The fusion of Patriots Point and Race Week brings together the rich history of our museum, with the excitement and energy of this internationally-acclaimed regatta,” said Hunt. “The USS Yorktown is the ideal location to bring our community together, with sailors and guests from all over the world. Patriots Point is also proud to support and help grow the significant economic impact Charting a New Course BY COLIN MCCANDLESS Charleston Race Week forms new partnership with Patriots Point Photos by Priscilla Parker. Sailboats racing in Charleston Harbor during Charleston Race Week.