Charleston is known for its preppy style, southern charm and gorgeous ocean views. So it is no surprise that every spring, the city holds a sailing race week on the blue ocean that frames the Charleston peninsula. The Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week is a fun, challenging and exciting race that tests a skipper’s skills. The event starts today and ends this Sunday with an awards ceremony.

While the event kicks off on Thursday, the real race begins on Friday at 8:30am when sailors venture the offshore courses. After their departure you will see a flock of sails roll out onto the Cooper River. This year, 296 boats are registered at the hopes of proving their sailing skills. Boat captains consist of everything from regular Joes to sailing Pros, including three-time Olympic medalist, Mark Reynolds.

Quite possibly one of the best parts of this four-day event is that every night follows with a beach party.  Located at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, the party consists of Gosling’s Rum, a harbor view, live music and what is sure to be a darn good time! Among some local artist playing this week will be our very own Calvin Taylor who can be seen playing a few nights a week at the Thoroughbred Club.

If you are looking to fit in to the styles of Charleston Race Week, we do have a few suggestions for you.

1)   Dress like you’re a sailor. No, the captain hat can stay at home unless you are actually sailing the seas, but do wear light colors. Skippers tend to wear white in order to stay cool under the rays of the sun.

2)   Wear boating shoes. We suggest Sperry Top-Siders, first of all, they are practical for hitting the seas and secondly, they are very fashionable and come in various colors that are sure to meet your fancy. You can also pick up your own pair at their store within The Shops at Charleston Place.

3)   Bring a raincoat or windbreaker. There is a chance of rain this weekend, and in typical sailor fashion, you too may be splashed with a little bit of water. However, it might make you feel like you are also out there braving the fierce seas!

Whether you are watching from Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant or from the shoreline of the Charleston peninsula, you are sure to see what is going to be another great Charleston Race Week.