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It’s a Wrap! Quantum Key West Race Week 2015

What a week! A full 10-race series was completed in all Divisions. The J/70 & Melges 24 classes completed 11 races, which included 1 throwout. The lowest throwout score was a 7th place finish from Melges 24 class winner Conor Clarke’s Embarr. Friday’s racing was pure perfection!

The GC 32 class had the biggest challenge, gauging the ability to foil against wind & waves. The GC 32 class was a new addition to Key West this year, and they dazzled us all posting the fastest speeds ever seen in Key West.

The Photo Galleries from the Pros on all 3 Divisions show how the racing unfolded. The returning sailors will have plenty of stories to share about their team, their boats and their week for months to come!

There were smiles, hugs and handshakes all around last evening for the final awards presentation held in the Courtyard of Kelly’s. Premiere Racing Event Chairman Peter Craig, and Terry Hutchinson, Executive Vice President of Quantum Sail Design Group, and the 2014 recipient of US Sailing’s 2014 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award presented all of the trophies to the class winners.

Division 1 PRO Ken Legler announced the class and overall winners for Friday's awards presentation. Premiere Racing's Peter Craig, and Terry Hutchinson, Executive Vice President of Quantum Sail Design Group handed out all trophies. It was a fine finish to a fabulous week at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015!©2015 Ken Stanek / kenstanek.photography

Division 1 PRO Ken Legler announced the class and overall winners for Friday’s awards presentation. Premiere Racing’s Peter Craig, and Terry Hutchinson, Executive Vice President of Quantum Sail Design Group handed out all trophies. It was a fine finish to a fabulous week at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015!

An exuberant team win for Carlo Alberini's J/70 Calvi Network, which closed the regatta with a second after posting a steady string of fourths and fifths. That remarkable consistency in such a competitive class earned Calvi Network the ultimate prize at Quantum Key West Race Week –Boat of the Week©2015 Ken Stanek / kenstanek.photography

An exuberant team win for Carlo Alberini’s J/70 Calvi Network, which closed the regatta with a second after posting a steady string of fourths and fifths. That remarkable consistency in such a competitive class earned Calvi Network the ultimate prize at Quantum Key West Race Week –Boat of the Week

Paddy Bettesworth, a long-standing crew member with Joe Woods Team Red, accepts the Chelsea Shipstrike clock for the Quantum Sail Boat of the Day Award for the Farr 280 Red in PHRF-1.©2015 Ken Stanek / kenstanek.photography

Paddy Bettesworth, a long-standing crew member with Joe Woods Team Red, accepts the Chelsea Shipstrike clock for the Quantum Sail Boat of the Day Award for the Farr 280 Red in PHRF-1.

Gannon Troutman, the 12-year-old skipper of Pied Piper (center), was the talk of the regatta after finishing fifth in the talent-laden J/70 class – winning a race while also posting a second and third.©2015 Ken Stanek / kenstanek.photography

Gannon Troutman, the 12-year-old skipper of Pied Piper (center), was the talk of the regatta after finishing fifth in the talent-laden J/70 class – winning a race while also posting a second and third.

All of the photos from the nightly awards, Boat of the Day, Boat of the Week, and shoreside entertainment can be found on the Premiere Racing site or by visiting Ken Stanek’s gallery.  Winning Key West Race Week does not come easy, and the amount of talent on the water  is a testament to the “best of the best!” When I think back to the panel discussion held on Sunday titled, Winning Strategies, so many of the tips shared by the pros were used by boats in each class every day!

We had a great week on the water, and we hope you did too! Safe travels on your return, and hope the memories and stories will motivate you and your friends to return to Key West next year!

A special Thanks to the Event Sponsors: Title Sponsor Quantum Sails and Day Sponsors Lewmar (Official Marine Hardware), and Mount Gay® Rum (Official Rum). The Supporting Sponsors are B&G (Official Marine Electronics), Marlow Ropes (Official Rope), and Gaastra (Official Clothing and Footwear).

Key West Race Week is also supported by The Florida Keys & Key West Tourism Council. Sapporo USA is the Official Beer and Regatta Ginger Beer is the Official Ginger Beer.

Chelsea Clock is providing their classic Shipstrike Clocks for the Boat of the Day trophies.

20 Industry Partners bring their support through a program that is now in its 14th year.

Div 1 – Race 9 & 10 Photo highlights

Two great races were completed today in plenty of breeze. When the breeze hits 20+, boat handling, tactics and flawless execution make a statement.  They make it look easy! Each person has a role, and tasks must be completed in synch  – think of a perfect symphony or just rockin’ fast, there is a lot of practice and hard work that go into winning the series. The light air days fade away when the end of Quantum Key West Race Week wraps up  with incredible conditions. Here are just a few of the photos from Division 1 Signal Boat.

The PRO Galleries will be updated with all of the action from all divisions. Heading to the awards presentation!
Congratulations to all!

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Division 1 Race Committee – PRO Ken Legler, Don Behrens, Ellyn Osmond

Maxi Class

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Numbers and Bella Mente just after the start of race 10

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Shockwave heading toward the finish of race 10

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Numbers posted 2 seconds, and were edged out of the overall win by 2 points following today’s racing.

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Bella Mente under full power – posting two first-place finishes in races 9 & 10.

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Jerry Kirby, bowman on Bella Mente

Melges 32 Class

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Melges 32 class starting race 10. All boats were on the line. Goombay Smash and Hedgehog were OCS at the start.

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Melges 32 Volpe at the start of Race 10

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Delta (USA 1215) on the final upwind leg of race 10. Delta won race 10, Argo and Goombay Smash finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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Hedgehog posted 2 fourth place finishes, and won overall in the Melges 32 class.

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Hedgehog crossing the final finish line in race 10.

IRC 2 Class

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The Swan 42s Impetuous (left) and Better Than in race 10.

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Otra Vez posted a 2, 3 today, finishing in second place in the IRC 2 class behind Tonnerre 4

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The J/125 Hamachi heading for the finish of race 10

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Hamachi and True in a “sprit to sprit” heading to the finish.

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Tonnerre 4 heading toward the overall win in the IRC 2 class in race 10

GC 32 Class

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ARMIN STROM posted a 1, 2 today edging out ZouLou by just one point. The GC 32s were amazing to watch. The boats are extremely physical!

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Argo (USA 128) and ZouLou (FRA007) rounding the bottom gate in race 9. Argo withdrew from race 10 due to a mechanical issue.

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ZouLou and ARMIN STROM at the start of race 10.

 

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The ARMIN STROM Sailing team – would love to know what they do to train for this type of sailing!

Wags Walks the Docks

Bill (Wags) Wagner is a familiar face on the docks to sailors at Quantum Key West Race Week. A Maryland native, Wags hits the docks early, with FlipCamera in hand to capture casual interviews from sailors across all classes. Wags really presents a personal side to the interviews capturing “a behind the scenes” story.

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Bill Wagner (Wags) at his “office” on the docks at Key West to capture video interviews of Race Week sailors.

If you haven’t had a chance to look through the interviews, click on the link to Wags Walks the Docks.

Today’s interviews include:

Kevin George, tactician aboard Ker 51 Tonnerre 4, talks about the boat that Peter Vroon is racing for the first time in Key West and also talks about what a great yachtsman the Dutch skipper is.

Quantum Sail Design Group executive Farley Fontenot talks about Quantum Key West 2015 and other Quantum topics.

Doug and Dalton DeVos, father and son, talk about racing against each other in the Melges 32 class.

Bradley Faber, skipper of J/111 Utah, talks about winning Thursday’sIndustry Partner Boat of the Day award, the J/111 class competition and learning from Wally Cross of the Quantum Sail Design Group.


 

I have worked with Wags over 10 years at Key West, and can attest to his commitment to “tell the story” of Race Week through video interviews, press releases and articles. I have also been a witness to his incredible typing speed. Wags can “punish” a keyboard better than any journalist I’ve ever known!

Welcome to Quantum Key West 2015 – Quantum Sails Day!

Good Morning!
Welcome to Final Friday!

We are winding up for the final day of Quantum Key West 2015. Yesterday’s conditions showed why racing in Key West is spectacular! The forecast for today shows stronger breeze for the morning with an estimate of 15-20 and trending lower as the afternoon progresses.

Division 2 warning is at 1030 – with the intent of sailing 3 races. Division 1 and 3 warning is at 1130 – with 2 races scheduled.

The Daily and Overall awards will be presented this evening @1845. In addition to the Daily and Overall awards, Midwinter Championship Trophies will be presented to the following classes:

  • Melges 24
  • Melges 32
  • J/70 – The Marlow Trophy, and the Corinthian Trophy
  • J/111
  • J/88
  • J/105

CONGRATULATIONS to  Bradley Faber and his team on the J/111 Utah who was presented with the Boat of the Day Award on Thursday.

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There are some close classes going into the final race day. Slap on sunblock and hold on to your hats! Three of the four GC 32s are tied on points (16),  the same situation is in the Maxi class with Bella Mente and Numbers tied on points (15). In the J/70 class, 3 points separate Calvi Network and Helly Hansen. In J/88,  only 2 points sit between Deviation and Touch2Play . Wahoo!

Final results are posted on the Premiere Racing Event site, and fabulous photos from Ken Stanek, Tim Wilkes, Allen & Daniela Clark, Sharon Green and Steve Lapkin!

Enjoy a great day on the water, see you on the race course!

Bella Mente Redress Decision Reversed

Bella Mente submitted a a request for redress last evening. The Jury awarded average points for races 5 and 6.

The redress hearing was reopened this morning. New facts were presented and the Jury reversed their decision.

In the Maxi class, all 3 boats are within 1 point with 4 races to go. We anticipate great conditions today and to finish out the week.

 

Wags Walks the Docks – New Videos!

Three new video interviews were added to the series:

Stephanie Roble has been named the 2014 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. She was recognized for her versatility; her accomplishments as a skipper and as a crew; and her competitive successes.

Conor Clarke, skipper of Melges 24 Embarr, explains the mythological origins of the name “Embarr” and sailing in Key West for the first time.

Bill Coates, skipper Ker 43 Otra Vez, won Wednesday’s Mount Gay Rum Boat of the Day honors. Bill speaks about winning Boat of the Day,  competition at Key West and what lies ahead for 2015.

Sunshine & Sails, Cameras & Drones!

When the class signals begin on Division 1, we also hear a buzzing sound in the background. Over our shoulders, a friendly drone is setting up to capture the starting line action.

Keith Brash is the drone “pilot” and Ed Adams is on the chase boat to cover the start line tactics. Post-race, the debrief occurs at the Quantum Tent with Ed Adams and Ed Baird. If you haven’t stopped by the tent to see the action, then check it out. Or, go to Quantum Racing’s Facebook page.