For many people in Charleston, living on the water is a very literal thing. Once the spring rolls around, their whole lives revolve around getting out on the waves to sail, fish or kayak. Many of them are easily identified by the “Salt Life” bumper stickers on their cars, sunglasses hung around their necks and waterproof shoes. And while they may not all be professional racers or commercial fisherman, boats and the lifestyle that goes along with them have always been a special part of the Lowcountry’s culture. This weekend, Charleston plays host to two of the largest boat-oriented events of the year.
First up is Sperry Charleston Race Week, a regatta with nearly 2,500 sailors from all over the globe. But races aren’t the only highlight of the four-day sporting event. Shore-side beach parties, including a mix of cocktails, dinners and live music will be held each night once all the boats are back at the docks.
When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 5-8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant
More info: www.charlestonraceweek.com
The Charleston In-Water Boat Show, one of the largest showcases of sea-faring vessels in the state, will also take place this weekend in downtown Charleston. Boats from 17-55 feet will be on display in the water at the Bristol Marina, and additional boat displays and vendors will be in Brittlebank Park.
When: Noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park, Lockwood Blvd.
Price: $10 adults, $5 seniors and military, free for children age 15 and younger, $15 for two-day pass