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.
We've had our moments aboard the TP52 Quantum Racing here in Key West, but we still need to work on our consistency.
Yesterday was a long day! In Division 1, we had three races in a very tricky east-southeast breeze. Lots of little streaks and current lines. The common refrain I heard on the dock at the end of the day was, "Man, that was a hard day." Onboard the TP52 Quantum Racing, we took a fairly conservative approach to the day, knowing we were going to have three races and lots of opportunity.
With no breeze for racing, Team Spaceman Spiff went to a free hot-sauce tasting. Big mistake.
It was an exciting Day 3! Well, not so much. Today started off with no breeze and an AP ashore. After giving us updates every half hour, at 1 p.m. our PRO decided to call it for the day. With a gradient breeze from the north and a high-pressure system moving in from the southwest, the conflicting systems made for a very glassy body of water.
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.