Owner of Charleston Yachting and event director for the Sperry Top -Sider Charleston Race Week
Randy Draftz is the owner of Charleston Yachting and Regatta Management. Charleston Yachting is a retailer and distributor for sailing equipment and rigging services located in North Charleston, SC. Regatta Management specializes in event management and consulting. He is also the Event Director for Sperry Charleston Race Week and has been involved in directing this regatta for the past eleven years. Over its 23-year history, it has grown from a local championship event to become the largest gathering of sportboats and offshore handicap and one-designs in the Americas. Winning US Sailing’ s Regatta Excellence Award. In 2007, the regatta featured just 2 race circles and 116 entries. Currently the event is averaging over 260 entrees from 24 states and 12 countries with eighteen classes on six courses. We are working on expanding the duration of the event to accommodate additional classes in celebration of its 25th anniversary.
Originally, from Chicago Ill., Draftz has been involved with sailing his entire life. He grew up sailing on the Great Lakes and raced aboard everything from Lehman 10 dinghies to maxi yachts. He has been in the marine industry for over forty years and his passion for sailing anchors his work whether he’s specifying an outfitting package for racers and cruisers or planning the details of one of the country’s major regattas. He has also served as the Rear Commodore and Commodore of the Charleston Ocean Racing Association, the founding organization and owner of Charleston Race Week. Just recently he accepted the role of Race Adminstration Chairman with US Sailing.