With racing cancelled for the day, I headed to the beach and played tourist.
As predicted, the morning greeted us with a shimmering sea of glass as we pulled out of our condo driveway on the south side of Key West. We headed down to the boat to listen up for the 10:00 a.m. radio announcement as to whether we were postponed or not. There was a feeling in the air it could be a beach day.
Loick Peyron and his Banque Populaire team arrive in Brest, France, after breaking the Jules Verne record with a 45-day circumnavigation.
Circumnavigating the globe in 45 days is just a taste of what's to come in the world of offshore multihulls, says Banque Populaire's Loick Peyron.
Earlier this month, Loick Peyron and his 13-member crew completed a 45-day, round-the-world sprint aboard the 130-foot trimaran Banque Populaire V to earn the Jules Verne trophy. Since then, Peyron and crew have been the center of media attention in France. Primetime newscasts here show BPV arriving in Brest, where more than 1,000 spectators braved the winter weather just to catch a glimpse of Peyron and company. It was as if the crowd was gathered at the Cannes Film Festival, trying to steal a peak at Johnny Depp or Penelope Cruz.
In the Farr 400 class, Nick Turney's team works out boathandling issues on Day 2, and gets ready to fight it out in the light breeze that's forecasted for tomorrow.
Well Day 2 is in the books, and it wasn't as exciting of a day as yesterday was, but one of the most beautiful days of sailing I have had in a long time. We got in three great races, and were greeted by beers and snacks at the dock provided by Farr Yachts and Sailing World.
Despite some embarrasing moments aboard the J/80 Rumor, at least we didn't lose the regatta on Day 1.
There is one thing that close one-design racing will always remind you—teamwork rules.
Day 1 at Key West was okay for us aboard the Rumor. Although we didn't have a stellar day, we kept our mistakes at a manageable level of destruction. There is one phrase often repeated amongst my family: “You don’t have to win on the first day, just don’t lose the regatta on Day 1.” This is something that definitely held true for the Rumor today.
Big breeze greets the three boats competing in the Mini Max class. Peter Isler reports back from Shockwave.
Racing began with a bang today for us on the big boat course. Luckily we’ve been practicing in some big breeze the last few days because Key West served up some more smoke in the second race, when we enjoyed great racing in 22-knot winds that had built from about 18 knots in the first race.
Terry Hutchinson reports back after Quantum Racing nabs two bullets on the first day of racing in Key West.
We had champagne sailing conditions today in Key West. Seventeen to 23 knots greeted the fleet in Division 1 today, and in the IRC 2 class, we have eight 52-footers doing battle. It was absolutely fantastic sailing, and dare I say one of the better days that I have experienced in the last 17 Key West Race Weeks that I have participated.
Onboard Warpath, Mark Towillputs a couple of difficult races behind him and gets ready for the next day of racing.
The conditions in Key West could not have been better for racing—18-22 knots of breeze, big waves, blue skies, and warm water. Onboard Warpath, a mix of bad luck and unforced errors forced us to play catch up more than we would have preferred.
Nick Turney's team aboard the Farr 400 Spaceman Spiff wraps up their boatwork and gets ready for the racing.
It has been a very interesting few days of practicing down here in Key West. We have had fantastic breeze, and lots to work on. All five Farr 400s have made it to Key West, and we saw four of them out sailing today. For our team on Spaceman Spiff, it has been one project after another. All new boats have their issues, and we have been spending the past three days sailing for a few hours, and then spending the rest of the day going through our work list.