CHARLOTTE HARBOR, Fla. - With the addition of the Laser Masters Midwinters East to the 2013 Charlotte Harbor Regatta, the 4th annual event is expected to double in size since the first in 2010, making it the fastest-growing regatta in the country.

For the first time, the 2013CHR will include a Pusser's Rum Beach Party on Feb. 2 at Port Charlotte Beach Park.

Registration is now open for the Jan. 31-Feb. 4 regatta, which will feature more than 140 boats in 10 classes on four race circles.

Online registration is available at www.charlotteharborregatta.com.

Low fees, free storage and parking, great hotel rates, generous sponsors and helpful volunteers make the Charlotte Harbor Regatta "the fun, affordable regatta." Since its inception in 2010, the National Association of Sports Commissions recognized the regatta as its "Best Local Event" and the Charlotte County Visitor and Convention Bureau honored regatta organizers with its 2010 "Event Development Award."

The CHR board then accepted an invitation from the International Association for Disabled Sailing to serve as organizing authority for its 2012 IFDS World Championships, which were held Jan. 7-15, 2012 at Laishley Park Municipal Marina in Punta Gorda.

The 2013 Charlotte Harbor Regatta welcomes a projected 70-boat Laser fleet that will be the largest one-design regatta in the history of Charlotte Harbor. The surge in regatta activity builds on Charlotte Harbor's designation by SAIL magazine as "one of the top 10 greatest places to sail in the United States."

Other classes competing in the regatta are the Sunfish, Flying Scot, Precision 15, 2.4mR, Hobie 16, Hobie Wave, F16, F18 and Weta trimaran. In total, more than 170 sailors on 140 boats are projected to participate.