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Division 2 – Friday

It’s been an great week of racing and a couple of really exciting days as the fleets came flying into the finish, seeming to hit only the crest of the waves.  Pretty breezy today…15 to 20 all day.  Tune in later for final scores and awards.

Racing has completed for the day and the boats are headed to shore.  Scores has been posted on yachtscoring.com.

Melges 24 fleet finishes:  Embarr, Zingara, Mojo

J/70 fleet is at the gate, and the Melges 24 fleet leaders are in sight coming in toward the finish.

J/70’s at the first rounding of the weather mark:  Helly Hansen, Down the Line, Flojito Y Cooperando.

Course change is being signalled at the gate to a bearing of 180 and a distance of .8.  Melges order through the gate:  Zingara, Team RRH, and Embarr

Four J/70’s did not return and will be scored OCS:  Danger Mouse, Lickity Split, Taipan, and Helly Hansen.

A dozen J/70’s were hailed as OCS.  Race committee is checking on the list of those who cleared.

Race 11 is underway.  Two boats were hailed as OCS in the Melges 24 fleet.  They restarted.  The course is Course 4, distance 1.3 nm, bearing 155.

Protests are pending for the Melges fleet, but the crossed the line as Team RRH, Embarr, then Zingara.

No change in positions for the J/70 fleet at the gate.

Positions have changes for the Melges 24 fleet at the gate.  It is now Embarr, then Team RRH, then Mojo.

J/70 weather mark rounding, first time around:  Africa, Flojito Y Cooperando, Helly Hansen

Melges 24 fleet at the weather mark first time around:  Team RRH, Embarr, Mojo.

All J/70’s cleared the start except Late Life Crisis, who will be scored OCS.

Results have been posted for Race 9 at yachtscoring.com.

Melges 24 class started at 1145, followed by the J/70 start at 1150.  One boat was OCS in the Melges fleet, but he returned and restarted.  About 8 boats were hailed in the J/70 fleet.

 

Embarr has won the Melges 24 race, followed by Team RRH, then Mojo.

Embarr continued to lead the Melges 24 fleet at the gate, followed by Team RRH, then Mojo.

Melges 24 fleet at the gate:  Embarr, Team RRH, Mojo.

Melges 24 fleet being signalled at the gate that the course is being changed to 155 degrees with a distance of .8 nm.

J/70 fleet at the first rounding of the weather mark:  Rocad Racing, Pied Piper, Empeiria.

Melges 24 fleet at the first rounding of the weather mark:  Embarr, Team RRH, then Mojo.

Cloudsourced, Live Sail Drive, and jRhino did not start Race 9 in the J/70 fleet.

Half a dozen J/70’s were hailed as over early at their start.  All but 1 boat, Rocad Racing have returned and restarted.

Melges 24 fleet has started.  No one was hailed as over early.

We are now in sequence for the Melges 24 class.  Start will be at 1035.

Posting 140 for the bearing to the weather mark.  Starting line going in.

Course 4 will be posted with the distance to the weather mark at 1..3 nm, bearing to be determined.  Warning is scheduled for 1030 hrs.

Pretty lumpy out here this morning…we are rockin’ and rollin’.

The breeze is around 16 knots, bearing 130.

We have reached the racing area and are anchoring the signal boat.  The Division is starting an hour early again today, with hopes of getting 3 races in.  Boats are beginning to check in.

Division 2 – Race 7 – 8

This has been a great day for competitive sailboat racing.   The breeze was relatively steady and above 13 knots all day.  It was a good day to get our 3 races in.

J/70 finishes:  Helly Hansen, B Squared, Flojito Y Cooperando

My error:  jRhino did start.  Late Life Crisis did not start.

Melges 24 fleet  has finished:  Embarr, Mojo, Zingara at top of the fleet.

Weather Mark, second rounding for the Melges 24 fleet:  Embarr, Mojo, Zingara

Melges fleet at the gate:  Embarr, Mojo, Zingara

Melges 24 fleet being signalled for a course change to 100 degrees and a distance of 1.0 nm

When Race 6 was completed, both fleets were scored with one throwout.

J/70 fleet at the first rounding of the weather mark:  Helly Hansen, B-Squared, Shriner Sailing.

Melges 24 fleet at the first rounding of the weather mark:  Embarr, Team RRH, Mojo.

Danger Mouse and jRhino did not start Race 8.

Nine boats were called OCS in the J/70 fleet.  All cleared.

Breeze is still up, around 14 knots, making for a bit of excitement on the boats.

Kleine Rainbow jumped the start in the Melges 24 class and was hailed as OCS.  He returned and restarted.

Now in sequence for Melges 24 class.  Start time for Race 8 will be 1335.  The J/70 start should go off at 1340.

Trying to get Race 8 started…were in sequence when we got a 30 degree wind shift.  Starting line has been re-set to 090.  Course board reads:  Course 4, distance 1.4, bearing 090.  We will be in sequence momentarily.

J/70 finishes:  Flojito Y Cooperando, Helly Hansen, Perseverance

J/70 fleet at the second rounding of the weather mark:  Flojito Y Cooperando, Perseverance, Calvi Network

Melges 24 finishes for Race 7:  Mojo, Embarr, Team RRH

J/70’s at the Gate:  Flojito Y Cooperando, Moxie, Perseverance  Melges 24 fleet at the second rounding of the Weather mark:  Mojo, Team RRH, Embarr.

Melges 24 fleet at the Gate – no change in positions.  R/C is signalling a change at the gate to shorten the next leg.

J/70’s at the weather mark, first rounding:  Flojito Y Cooperando, B-Squared, Moxie.

Melges 24 fleet at the weather mark, first rounding:  Mojo, Tramp, Team RRH

J/70 start at 1200 hrs:  2 boats over, cleared quickly.

The Melges 24 start at 1155 was clear.  The course is Course 4, distance is 1.4 nm, and the bearing to the weather mark is 120 degrees.

Division 2 – Race 6

J/70 finishes:  Flojito Y Cooperando, Helly Hansen, Pied Piper

J/70 fleet is coming in to finish.

Melges 24 finishes:  Embarr, Mojo, Zingara

J/70 fleet at the gate:  Flojito Y Cooperando, Pied Piper, Helly Hansen.

Embarr continues to lead the Melges 24 fleet at the second rounding of the weather mark. She is followed by Mojo, then Zig-Zag, then Zingara and Tramp.  They are headed to finish.

Embarr continues to lead at the gate, followed by Zig-Zag, then Brio

Signalling at the gate to shorten the next weather leg for both fleets.

J/70 fleet at the first rounding of the weather mark:  Flojito Y Cooperando, Helly Hansen, Pied Piper, Caruru, USA 3.

Course looks good to the race officers.  Boats are split on both tacks going upwind and on the gybes coming downwind.

Melges 24 fleet at the windward mark, first time around:  Embarr, then Zig-Zag, then The 300, followed by Team RRH and Mojo.

J/70 start was clear.  Looked like Reach Around might have won the start.  We’ll see where she goes when we get the weather mark rounding information.

Melges 24 start was clear.  Now in sequence for the J/70 start.

Planning to be “on time” with the warning signal scheduled for 1030 hrs.  Sequence will begin in about 8 minutes.

Course Board has Course 4, 1.3 nm distance to weather mark, bearing is 120.

Almost everybody has checked in.  The breeze is now around 10 knots from 125 degrees.

Loki checking in prior to Race 6Barb Shaffer | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

Loki checking in prior to Race 6

Division 2 – Race 5

Wind velocity continues to decrease.  The fleet has been sent in with an AP over A signal.  Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day for competitive racing.

J/70 fleet at the finish:  Rocad Racing, Flojito Y Cooperando, Hooligan/Flat Stanley

Melges 24 fleet at the finish:  Embarr, Zingara, Team RRH

Rocad Racing continues to lead the J/70’s at the second weather mark rounding,  followed by Flojito Y Cooperando, then Hooligan/Flat Stanley, then Loki, then Calvi Network.

Melges 24 fleet at the second rounding of the weather mark:  Embarr, Zingara, Party Girl.

J/70 fleet at the gate:  Rocad Racing continues to lead, followed by Hooligan/Flat Stanley, then Loki.

Melges 24 gate rounding:  Zingara, Brio, Mojo.

J/70 fleet at the weather mark:  Rocad Racing, Hooligan/Flat Stanley, Florito Y Cooperando, Loki, Perseverance.

I have been informed that the Melges 24, Mikey, withdrew from the regatta before racing started.

Melges 24 class at the first rounding of the weather mark:  Zingara, Embarr, Mojo

Three boats were OCS at the J/70 fleet start.  All have cleared.  X flag has been dropped.

Clear start for the Melges fleet.

We are now in sequence for the Melges 24 start.  3 minutes to start.

Course 4, distance to weather 1.0 nm, bearing to the mark 330 degrees.  Still planning to be on time with the warning at 1230 hrs.

Division 2 – Wednesday

Merlin finishing Race 4Elise Thyrre

Merlin finishing Race 4

AFRICA heading to the finishElise Thyrre

AFRICA heading to the finish

Live Sail Drive finishingElise Thyrre

Live Sail Drive finishing

Lifted finishing Race 3Elise Thyrre

Lifted finishing Race 3

Danger Mouse at finish of Race 4Barb Shaffer | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

Danger Mouse at finish of Race 4

Bazinga finishing Race 4Elise Thyrre

Bazinga finishing Race 4

J/70 fleet at the gate, Race 3

J 70s at the gate TuesdayElise Thyrre
The 300 while checking in Tuesday.Barb Shaffer | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

 

Here’s a photo from just before the start of race 3 for the Melges 24 fleet (Tuesday).

Just prior to m24 start race 3Barb Shaffer | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

Our first warning is scheduled for 1230 hrs if this breeze holds.

Here we are at the half, -way point of the regatta, heading out to the racing area.  There is a light breeze…enough to move the J/70 and Melges 24 fleets, but not quite “exciting.”  The clouds have gone away and we have a clear blue sky and that remarkable turqoise-colored water.

Melges 24 competitor “Party Girl” sailed by Jens Altern Wathne and Jorgen Wathne, out of Bergen, Norway, took Boat of the Day honors at last night’s awards presentation.  Congratulations to them for this achievement during a tough day of racing.

Division 2 Race 4

That wraps it up for today.  This race committee did everything it possibly could to get these 2 races in, following the wind shifts, the decrease in velocity, and handling the details to give our fleets the best racing they could get given the conditions.

J/70 finishes:  Africa, Latis Racing, Flojito Y Cooperando.  Scores will be up on yachtscoring.com soon.

J/70 fleet at the second rounding of the weather mark:  Africa, Latis Racing, Flojito Y Cooperando.

Preliminary scores are posted on yachtscoring.com for the Melges 24 fleet.

Melges 24 finishes:  Zig Zag, Party Girl, Zingara.

Melges 24 fleet will be finishing soon.  There will be no further racing today.

With the R/C boats busy with changing and signalling changes reports of mark roundings have been less than usual.

Course change for the J/70 to 165 degrees.  They are headed for the weather mark.

J/70’s have rounded the weather mark:   Calvi Network, Flojito Y Cooperando, Latis Racing.

Race committee is signalling a change to the Melges fleet to take them to a 180 degree course for their second lap.

Only one boat was called OCS in the J/70 start at 1416.  He has returned and restarted.

Melges fleet is rounding the weather mark, 1st time:  Brio, followed by Tramp, the Zingara.

Line is square, but boats are jamming up down on the pin end…maybe just pinging them.

AP came down at 1410; J/70 class flag up at 1411.  Start will be at 1416.

Course for the J/70 fleet will be 180 degrees…really shifty right now.

Melges 24 start went with 5 boats being called over early.  All returned to restart properly.  The J/70 start has been postponed to square the line (again).

We will be going into sequence at 1355 hrs.

AP is being hoisted so we can square up the line and move the radial over to 165 degrees.

Race 4 will be another Course 4, with the weather leg being 1.0 nm at a bearing of 180 degrees.

Race Committee has moved the signal boat and is taking wind readings as they try to get set up for another race.  It is starting to rain.

Posts for this race will be reversed from Race 3, with the most recent post at the top rather than at the bottom of the posts.

Sequence will begin at approximately 1345 hrs.

Division 2 Race 3

The Race Committee intends to be “on time” with the warning signal scheduled to go at 1130 hrs.  Course 4 has been posted with the distance to the weather mark at 1.1 nm and a bearing of 145 degrees.  Both the Melges 24 class and the J/70 class will have the same course.

Weather is expected around noon, so we are hoping to get this race well on its way before then.

The Melges 24 fleet got off on time at 1130, with Shaka jumping the line…she returned for a re-start.

The J/70 fleet had over a dozen numbers called as OCS.  Most cleared, with a few still coming back to restart.  Bow number 01 Down the Line is the only one who did not come back to start properly.

Melges 24 fleet at the first weather mark:  Embarr, Zig-Zag, Tramp.

J/70 fleet at the first weather mark:  Africa, Mojito, Black River Racing.

Course change will be signalled at the gate with the new distance at .75 nm with a direction of 160 degrees.

Melges fleet has rounded the gate, but there was no report for the first 3 around, probably because the crew on the R/C boat was busy signalling.

J/70 fleet at the gate, with Africa continuing to lead the pack, followed closely by Mojito, then Black River Racing.  They also will go to the new weather mark.

Melges fleet at the 2nd rounding of the weather mark:  Team RRH,  Embarr, Tramp.

First 3 Melges across the finish line:  Embarr, Team RRH, Tramp.

J/70 fleet at the second rounding of the weather mark:  Black River Racing, Africa, Mojito.

Results for the Melges 24 fleet have been posted on YachtScoring.com.

First J/70’s to finish:  Black River Racing, Africa, Calvi Network.

Finishes have been added to YachtScoring.com for both classes.

 

Division 2 – Tuesday Racing

Good morning from the racing area for Division 2.  Our plan today is to run 2 races, and possibly a 3rd race today.  The breeze is pretty light right now and it is overcast, with a possibility of rain later today.

We’ll work with whatever weather we get to provide as good racing conditions as possible for our competitors.

The signal boat is anchored on the northern edge of our racing circle, and boats have come out to check in.

Here are some photos taken prior to the start of Race 3:

Pre Race #3Barb Shaffer | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog
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Pre-Race checkin for Race 3 no. 2Barb Shaffer | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog
Pre-Race checkin for Race 3Barb Shaffer | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog