Sailing World's team of bloggers--including Stuart Streuli, Dave Reed, Steve Hunt, Don Finkle, and Jonathan McKee--reports from the trenches at Quantum Key West 2013. Click here to find all of our Quantum Key West 2013 coverage. Read full bio
Steve Hunt, tactician with Joel Ronning's Catapult, checks in with a little pre-race insight on working on light-air speed, and getting sorted before the first race.
It's the night before the first day of racing at Key West Race Week and team Catapult is feeling ready. We arrived Thursday and have had three great days of practice. Since we have three new team members on board, our goal was to sort out our boathandling first, and then work on starting and light-air speed.
A look at the IRC Swan 42 sail plan on Phil and Wendy Lotz' Arethusa, the S2 symmetric spinnaker and a new spinnaker staysail.
If at first you fail to finish, well then, you have to try it one more time.
Last year, my first attempt at the Lauderdale to Key West Race did not go well. It was memorable, but much in the way a dinner is memorable when the waiter accidentally dumps a plate of marinara in your lap. The race produced a good yarn for the magazine (in our May 2012 issue) and more than a few worthwhile lessons.