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There is no better way to feed yours than with sailing. If you love to sail or would like to experience the thrill of sailing for the first time, we have an opportunity for you to have some fun. And the best part…it’s Free!

Each year thousands of sailors flock to Charleston, SC for the annual Sperry Charleston Race Week.  Now in its 24th year Sperry Charleston Race Week is dubbed “a regatta unlike any other” and is the largest keel boat regatta in the Americas.  In 2018 248 boats participated with approximately 3800 attendees representing 28 states and 4 countries!

This year Sperry Charleston Race Week is teaming up with BENETEAU to expand the event to the general public through the “Strictly First” promotion.  With the help of St. Barts Yachts, the regional BENETEAU dealer, BENETEAU is providing two sailboats to offer interested sailors a chance to get out on the water.  The First 18 and First 27 will be on site at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, the race headquarters, for 30 – 45 minute trial sails.  Skippered by BENETEAU professionals, these boats will take three to four people out at a time throughout the duration of Race Week, weather permitting.

“The goal,” states Randy Draftz, Race Week President, “is to promote the sport of sailing.”  Sperry Charleston Race Week has evolved to become the largest regatta of its kind and with BENETEAU they hope to introduce sailing to an even wider audience. “We are very excited to be part of this major event, becoming even more popular every year, the Sperry Charleston Race Week.  Charleston and South Carolina are very special places for BENETEAU. We had our BENETEAU America HQ for years in Charleston. Also, we have been producing our boats just around the corner, in Marion, SC since 1986.” Added Jean-Francois Lair, President of BENETEAU Americas.

Have fun sailing excursions designed to give you a memorable experience out on the water. So sign up here and bring your family or friends to our Strictly First event where you can experience freedom firsthand.

What:  Strictly First by BENETEAU
Where: Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
When:  Thursday April 11th – Sunday April 14th
Cost:  Free


Beneteau First 18 Cockpit
Beneteau First 18

As she whizzes across the waves, the First 18 is nothing but sheer sailing pleasure. Whether you are cruising or racing, this small towable one design has all you need for endless enjoyment of the best sailing sites. 

Beneteau First 27 Underway

Beneteau First 27