Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina and Beach Club

Location, location, location

Charleston, South Carolina has been voted as the Number 1 destination city in the U.S. and Number 2 in the world for tourists, making it the perfect place to combine a regatta with a family vacation. The venue is superb and touted as the “best in the sport.”

“If you’re trying to outsmart your competition, there are plenty of ways to challenge. The wind is always good. You guys have great sea breezes. The water temperature is good. The hospitality and food is good. There’s nothing not to like.” – Bora Gulari, a Melges 24 competitor and Moth World Champion

Charleston Race Week consistently draws the largest Melges 24 fleets in North America. This shows strong potential for a record turnout at the 2020 Melges 24 World Championship. This would also give the Melges 24 teams the convenience of less travel and the advantage of great practice and competition as they head into the World Championship.

“The destination city, ideal venue, excellent race management and reliable winds combined with southern hospitality make for a great regatta.” David Pritchard, President, Gill NA

Ease of access

Charleston is centrally located on the East Coast and within a comfortable driving distance from most of the United States, which should have a positive impact on attendance. Charleston International Airport is only 14 miles from the venue and served by numerous airlines. The Port of Charleston, the 3rd largest on the East Coast, has multiple convenient terminals for the receiving and shipping of boats.

Charleston - the venue of the Melges 24 Worlds 2020