CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (Sunday, April 17, 2016) — Certain boats seem to thrive in Charleston’s breezy, tide-wrought conditions, and Sperry Charleston Race Week 2016 provided the perfect weather.

A back-to-back Sperry Charleston Race Week winner in the Melges 24 Class, Monsoon skipper Bruce Ayres’ had a tough battle with another past champ – Travis Weisleder on Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team. This contest came down to the final race.

“We were tied going into that race, and about two minutes up the course, we found out we were over early,” said Monsoon trimmer George Peet. We were able to dig back and then hold Travis’ team out just enough to get away cleanly. After that, it was just about keeping them behind us.”

Ayres’ match-racing prowess made him the first back-to-back-to-back winner in the Class as he heads off on a busy campaign to win the Miami Worlds, but he says he’ll be back to defend his title next year on Charleston Harbor.

Early event leader Weisleder came second. Tim Healy’s Helly Hansen placed third overall, however, he was the daily winner with an impressive double-bullet day.

Fleet newcomer Jason Carroll on Argo finished in fourth, while 2016 Melges 24 Charleston Corinthian Champion Megan Ratliff on Decorum rounded out the top five!

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