Key West Race Week served up highs and lows for us aboard the Melges 32 Warpath.
Friday was another tough day onboard the Melges 32 Warpath, probably the most challenging of the entire week. We went into the day in fourth place, with a shot at third and a chance at second place. Samba Pa Ti, after stringing together consistent results all week, was nearly untouchable.
Flying home from Key West, I had a few ideas on how we can bank the lessons we learned on the racecourse.
Race Week ended with a great day of “T-shirts and shorts” trade wind sailing. In our Mini Maxi class, RAN continued to set the pace and finished the week undefeated, with ten straight bullets. Sure, it was only a three-boat class, but we put up a good fight at times on SHOCKWAVE, as did Dan Meyers and his always sharp NUMBERS team. Hats off to the RAN guys for sailing a nearly perfect regatta. They were fast, and they sailed smart—a tough combination to beat.
Terry Hutchinson ends conservatively at Quantum Key West 2012, and appreciates a spectacular week of racing and camaraderie.
Just got back from the trophy presentation, and what a week! I think Boat of the Week winner John Kilroy Jr. summed it up best when he thanked Quantum Sails for making this event happen. It is not a mystery to anybody that without Quantum's support, the event would not have taken place. I know I speak for all competitors, amateurs, and professionals when I say THANK YOU! The week was one of the best of recent memory!
Team Spaceman Spiff's hard work pays off on the final day of racing in Key West.
Quantum Key West 2012 has come to an end, sadly, but I think my liver and wallet are very pleased! Team Spaceman Spiff ended the week on a very good note. Each day, we improved and learned more about the boat and the rig, and today we showed that this team can compete. All of our hard work paid off in the end. Our owner/skipper, Rob Ruhlman, is very excited to sail the boat more and compete in this new one-design class. Lesson learned here: no matter how bad your scores seem, or how poor your boathandling and tactics are, never quit. And always try to improve.
Quantum Racing takes a big risk in the second race of the day to come out ahead of the competition.
A tough day today on the Quantum Racing, but a good day! The Division 1 racecourse delivered up some incredibly challenging conditions. A light-to-moderate Northeasterly breeze was one of the more challenging conditions that I have seen in the last 17 years of racing in Key West. An approaching cold front wreaked havoc on race 1, and continued on through race 2 until finally in race 3, the sun made an appearance. As I said, it was a tough day, but a good day for us onboard.
Nick Turney reflects on a challenging, shifty day of racing on the Farr 400 in Key West.
A good way to describe today aboard Spaceman Spiff would be, “Think three steps ahead." It was a great day for yacht racing; the conditions offered some challenging tactical sailing, with a passing front and a tidal change halfway through the day. You really had to be on your game.
After three close races in the J/80 division, Kaity Storck's team sits within striking distance for the final day at Key West.
Today was a beautiful day for sailboat racing. Three very tight races were held for the J/80s in 5 to 13 knots of breeze. The Rumor moved up one more place, and within closer reach of the top three. Although delightful, the sailing was anything but easy with a shifty breeze, unsteady velocity and a talented fleet.
Warpath puts up several good scores on the fourth day of racing, which Mark Towill attributes to battling hard, and a little bit of luck.
Tuesday was another up and down day aboard Warpath. After a bad first race, we were finally able to settle in, and put up two good scores. The shifty and choppy conditions were challenging, and Steve did an excellent job keeping the boat moving. Luck wasn’t always on our side, but we battled hard all day. It’s amazing how a little bit of luck can go a long way, especially in this fleet, as every boat is competitive. It’s definitely a game of inches out there.
Jeremy Wilmot's team comes out of the gate firing during the first two days of racing in Key West.
A smart man, I call him ‘coach’, once told me ‘you can’t win the regatta on the first day, but you can lose it.’ However, the ‘coach’s’ words of wisdom rarely seem to apply to Air Force Racing’s helmsman Bora Gulari. . . talk about a guy who comes out of the gate firing.
Aboard Shockwave at Quantum Key West 2012, the countdown begins more than an hour and 40 minutes before the start.
After a day off due to lack of wind, the fleet will be heading out again in about an hour to do battle in what looks to be a nice day of sailing. The forecast calls for northerly winds in the moderate range, fading later, and the race committee is hoping to get three races off so they can hit their 10-race target for the week. Ken Legler, the PRO on our course, was recounting yesterday how Key West Race Week has gone from being a five-race series to its present format. “We try to make our clientele happy, and they wanted more racing," he said.