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Division 1 Day 5 Races 9 and 10

The Div 1 Signal Boat is heading back to the barn.  It’s been a great week with varied conditions.  The past 2 days were superb with typical Key West conditions that made for very exciting racing.  Fantastic photo ops.   We hope to post more photos later.  If you won a trophy today, please send a rep to the tent to pick it up.  The party starts at 5:30 with awards at 6:45.   Div 1 Race Committee will be on station at the party tonight so stop by and say hello.   Hope to see you all again next year.

 

Seeing gusts up to 30 knots. Downwind finish – boats surfing.

Race 10 Preliminary Results

GC32

  1. ZouLou
  2. Armin Strom
  3. Argo (DNC)
  4. Leenabarca (DNC)

Maxi

  1. Bella Mente
  2. Numbers
  3. Shockwave

IRC2

  1. Spookie
  2. Tonnerre4
  3. Otra Vez
  4. Hamachi
  5. Vitesse
  6. Better than..
  7. Impetuous
  8. Cool Breeze
  9. True
  10. Shine (DNC)

Melges 32

  1. Delta
  2. Argo
  3. Goombay Smash
  4. Volpe

Report is that we had gusts to 28 at the starts.

Melges 32 – Hedgehog and Goombay Smash were over early.  All clear now.

IRC2 – Very aggressive start.  3 boats OCS Hamachi, Cool Breeze and Otra Vez.  All clear now.  Several boats were bunched mid line.  Tonnerre steamed from behind and leeward and forced Otra Vez over when they tried to turn down from the line.

Maxi:  Shockwave over early.  Bowsprit was clearly over the line by a couple of feet.  All clear now.

GC32: all clear.  just the Swiss and French boats in this reace.  Still reefed.

Race 10  – course #4, bearing 175, distance for B&A is 1.55 and C&D is 1.3.  Reset the axis due to wind shift.  The wind seems to be building a bit judging by the heel of the boats.


Preliminary results:

GC32

  1. Armin Strom
  2. Argo
  3. ZouLou
  4. Leenabarca (DNF)

Maxi

  1. Bella Mente
  2. Numbers
  3. Shockwave

IRC2

  1. Tonnerre4
  2. Otra Vez
  3. True
  4. Spookie
  5. Hamachi
  6. Shine
  7. Cooll Breeze
  8. Impetuous
  9. Better Than..
  10. Vitesse

Melges 32

  1. Argo
  2. Goombay Smash
  3. Volpe
  4. Hedgehog
  5. Delta

Race 9 has finished. The GC 32 Argo has radioed in to say they are withdrawing from Race 10 due to a breakdown.  Shine will not sail Race 10 to catch a flight back to Great Britain.


 

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It is surf city at the finish.

Tonnerre surfs across the finish line with a huge lead over the next IRC2 boat.
Bella Mente jibes right at the finish and crosses first in the Maxi class.  Numbers will be next.  Shockwave didn’t recover from earlier problems.   Tonnerre jibes right in front of Numbers just before the finish.

The French boat crosses next.  Leenabarca is DNF.   Sharon will post some great photos of the cats in the air along with the beefcakes on the rail!  We were commenting about the muscles on the Swiss boys – they look like  action figures in a video game.

The GC32 Argo is coming home now and launching off waves into the air.

The first GC32 finisher is launching the boat through the waves, up on foils and at times out of the water completely .   It’s the Swiss boat – yee haw!  That was something else.  We should have some photos of that to post, but also check out the helicopter photographers – they may have good shots of that too.

Tonnerre4 rounds the gate first in IRC2.

Maxis rounded the gate.  Bella is in the lead.  Shockwave had a few problems that hurt badly but they recovered .


Correction – it is not Argo who was disabled – she is coming down to the leeward gate.  It was the Argo tender that called in the problem.  Leenabarca has broken down.  The 3 GC32s took about 13 minutes on the upwind leg and about 6 minutes downwind – that is fast!   The Swiss boat was way ahead, followed by the French boat ZouLou and then Argo.

Just notified that a GC32 Argo has sails down near weather mark with rudder problem .   Appears to be disabled. Argo tender going to assist.


Melges 32:  all clear.  Very wet ride for these guys.  Hedgehog made an awesome move at the start and hit it right on.

IRC2 start: Lots of yelling.  Very aggressive start. X-ray hoisted – #18 Better Than is OCS – now clear.  They were early, Spookie was below and held them on the line with no where to go  and forced them over.

Maxi start: all clear with Numbers at the boat, Bella Mente and Shockwave down the line.  Port line boat confirmed that Shockwave’s bowsprit was about 2 feet from the line at the horn.

GC32 start:Argo hung out at the pin and did a port start and crossed in front of the other 3 by a hair then tacked over to startboard.  Whew that was close.  Nerves of steel! All 4 cats have a short reef in the main. Leenabarca isn’t pointing as high as the others and is most leeward.


Windspeed is about 18.  GC32 warning sounded.

Get ready to rock and roll.  Starting on time.

Course board posted:  Course #4 bearing 155,  distance for B&A is 1.8 and C&D is 1.5.  Reminder –  the GC32 class will be the first start followed by the Maxis.  The rationale for this change – in this kind of breeze the GC32s are fasater than the Maxis.  There will not be a 2 minute gap between the IRC2 start and the Melges 32 warning.  Offset mark just on the short windward mark.

Div 1 Signal Boat new coordinates are N 24 31.167 and W 081 51.495.  Trying to get the course set in time to avoid postponement.  The course axis will be 155 – a 15 degree shift from earlier.  Actually we were expecting 130.   Port line has pinged us so it looks like we can start on time.

Div 1 Signal Boat is moving.  The wind has shifted which compromises the course so we need to move about 1/2 mile northeast.  We hope to finish the move in time without having a postponement.  Will keep you posted.

Good Morning and welcome to the final day of Quantum Key West Race Week 2015.  It’s another gorgeous Key West day.  The wind has been blowing all night so the seas are a bit lumpy today – rolling in about 2-3 feet.  With a breeze of about 15 -18 knots, we will have the kind of racing Key West is known for.

The Div 1 Signal Boat is on station at N 24 30.872 and W 081 51.842.  Wind direction is 140.

Division 1 Day 4 Races 7 & 8

Rock-steady wind is pretty unusual for me. I normally run races on a lake where the wind shifts vary from 30 to 90 degrees.

We finally had enough breeze to switch the starting order by placing the GC 32s ahead of the Maxis. The GC 32 class finished 14 minutes ahead of the maxis after starting 5 minutes ahead.

Stay tuned for tomorrow which will be the best day of the regatta!

-Ken Legler PRO – Division 1


We had 2 great races today in 12-16 knots. There are some close matches going into Friday. It is hard to believe that only one day is left of Quantum Key West 2015!

Photos of the finishers of Race 8:

Div 1-Race 8 - IRC 2 - Tonnerre 4 won both races today and currently leads IRC 2 class by 2 points over Otra VezSBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

Div 1-Race 8 – IRC 2 – Tonnerre 4 won both races today and currently leads IRC 2 class by 2 points over Otra Vez

Div 1-Race 8 Numbers leads the Maxi class by 1 point over Bella Mente. The stage is set for the final day of racing!SBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

Div 1-Race 8 Numbers leads the Maxi class by 1 point over Bella Mente. The stage is set for the final day of racing!

There is a lot to smile about onboard Shine. They finished 3rd in race 8, their best finish of the week. The first-time competitor from the UK is heading to the sunny Caribee following Key West.SBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

There is a lot to smile about onboard Shine. They finished 3rd in race 8, their best finish of the week. The first-time competitor from the UK is heading to the sunny Caribee following Key West.

Div 1-Race 8-Swan 42 SubClass - Impetuous leads at the completion of race 8 by 2 points over Vitesse and Better ThanSBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

Div 1-Race 8-Swan 42 SubClass – Impetuous leads at the completion of race 8 by 2 points over Vitesse and Better Than

Div 1-Race 8-Melges 32 class - Delta posted 3,3 in races 7 and 8 -- they are currently in 2nd place overall, 3 points behind Hedgehog.SBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

Div 1-Race 8-Melges 32 class – Delta posted 3,3 in races 7 and 8 — they are currently in 2nd place overall, 3 points behind Hedgehog.

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Div 1-Race 8-Argo leads Hedgehog to the finish – Hedgehog leads the Melges 32 class by 3 points going into Friday’s final races

Div 1 - Race 8 - Maxi class - Bella Mente finishing. Currently 1 point behind Numbers who posted a 1, 1.5 in racing today.SBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

Div 1 – Race 8 – Maxi class – Bella Mente finishing. Currently 1 point behind Numbers who posted a 1, 1.5 in racing today.

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All classes finished. Preliminary results. Numbers and Bella Mente are tied and 1 point separates them going into the final race. Both yachts scored 1.5 points in Race 8..

Maxi

  1. Bella Mente
  2. Numbers
  3. Shockwave

GC32

  1. ZouLou
  2. Armin Strom
  3. Argo
  4. Leenabarca

IRC2

  1. Tonnerre
  2. Otra Vez
  3. Shine
  4. True
  5. Cool Breeze
  6. Spookie
  7. Hamachi
  8. Impetuous
  9. Better Than…
  10. Vitesse

Melges 32

  1. Argo
  2. Hedgehog
  3. Delta
  4. Volpe
  5. Goombay Smash

The GC 32s and Maxis have finished race 8.

Finishing up Race 8.  The wind lightened a bit.

The Div 1 Signal Boat is now at the top of the course setting up the finish line.


GC32 – all clear and spectacular to watch.  All of them flying hulls and moving sooo fast.

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Maxi – all clear.  Bella most windward, the other 2 closer to the pin.  Numbers tacked over

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IRC2 –  all clear.  Good clean start for everyone.  Spookie was a bit behind.


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Don Behrens calling the finish in Div 1- Race 7

A very close finish in race 7 Melges 32 class for second and third place between Argo (128) and Delta.SBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

A very close finish in race 7 for second and third place between Argo (128) and Delta.

Provisional Finishes Race 7

Maxi

  1. Numbers
  2. Bella Mente
  3. Shockwave

GC32

  1. Armin Strom
  2. ZouLou
  3. Argo
  4. Leenabarca

IRC2

  1. Tonnerre4
  2. Otra Vez
  3. True
  4. Better Than…
  5. Spookie
  6. Hamachi
  7. Cool Breeze
  8. Vitesse
  9. Impetuous
  10. Shine

Melges 32

  1. Hedgehog
  2. Argo
  3. Delta
  4. Goombay Smash
  5. Volpe

The Melges 32s have finished Race 7 – we will be posting provisional results shortly. The breeze is holding at 14-16, and we will be going into sequence soon. The starts are rolling, with GC 32 starting first, followed by the Maxis, IRC and Melges 32s. There will not be a 2-minute break between the IRC class and Melges 32s.

Buddies on GC32

 

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Bella Mente Race 7 coming to finish (Photo by Ken Legler)

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Spookie Race 7

Bella Mente and GC32

Bella Mente heading back up and GC32 heading to gate in Race 7 (photo by  Ken Legler)

Argo Foiling at the Finish

Argo at the finish of Race 7. Photos by Ken Legler.

Ken Legler, PRO – Division 1 just announced that for Race 8, the starting sequence will change. The GC 32s will start first, followed by the Maxi class, IRC 2 and Melges 32s.


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ARMIN STROM finishing Race 7.

Kitty Kats are purring today – we just watched the first 3 GC32s come across the finish line for Race 7 – Armin Strom, ZouLou followed by Argo, and Leenabarca who is back racing today!


The cats are foiling down the leg – quite a sight.  Boy does that look like it’s hard to control.  The French boat is up on one foil with the other hull lifted way out of the water.

1st Weather Mark Roundings:

Maxis – Bella Mente, Shockwave, Numbers

GC32 – Armin Strom, ZouLou, Lennabarca, Argo

Race 7 starts:

All starts were all clear – Thursday is always a tipping point in the classes, and this year is no different. In Div 1, Tonnerre 4 leads the IRC 2 class and is tied with Otra Vez – each with 19 points.  In the Swan 42 SubClass, Impetuous leads and is tied on points (11) with Vitesse. The Melges 32 class is also up for grabs with 3 points separating Hedgehog, Delta and Volpe. With the breeze in the 12-14 knot range, we are pretty excited at how the day will unfold.

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Melges 32 – All clear.  4 boats started right at the pin.  Volpe was up the line a bit.

IRC2 – All clear.  Otra Vez was at the Signal Boat at the start but had to tack right away to get clear air.  The fleet is split going up.  Nice to see the British boat, Shine back out today as they missed yesterday.

GC32 – All clear.  All 4 GC32s started today.  Leenabarca missed yesterday to repair some damage.  The French boat, ZouLou was a bit behind at the start and tacked over to port. The other 3 are going left.

Maxi – all clear.  The line up is Shockwave, Numbers and Bella Mente down near the pin.


Coming up to the Maxi warning.   Nice breeze and the boats are flying around the starting area. Maxi boats are looking good. The tension is palpable. Bella Mente is in first place on a tie breaker with Numbers – Bella has 3 firsts and Numbers has 2. Both have 12 points.

Course notes – upper gate is a bit longer than yesterday.  There are 2 wrecks near the port layline for the short weather mark. Both marked by buoys. We’re seeing a bit more wind and chop.

The course is posted — #4 bearing 115 distance 2.0 for A&B and 1.7 for C&D.

The Div 1 Signal Boat is on station at N 24 30.762 and W 081 52.220.  Right now the wind is about 8-10 knots from about 110.


Good Morning Race Fans.  Looks like we have another glorious Key West day on tap.  Div 1 Signal Boat is departing the harbor and heading to the course circle.  From here, the breeze is looking a bit better than yesterday.  The plan is for 2 races today.

Division 1 – Race 5 and 6 – Wednesday Racing

 Notes from the PRO:

The Maxi class are the largest boats that can feasibly do short course racing.

How often do you get to see large, high performance catamarans? The GC32s are more extreme than the Extreme Series catamarans.

The IRC2 class provides the most state-of-the art high performance monohulls.

All 5 Melges 32s have world-class tacticians, but then again, so does every other boat in the fleet.

-Ken Legler, PRO – Division 1


We managed to get in a Course 5 on division 1 with the windspeed ranging between 6-8 at 345.

The shoreside recap will be interesting – we can only see the starts and roundings, and there were some lead changes between the top and bottom marks. Again, we watched brilliant starts, flawless mark roundings, and close finishes.

We are also glad that the weather forecast was not 100% accurate and we were able to get in 2 great races! Stay tuned for the full story in the press release!

Provisional Results – Race 6

Mini Maxi 

  1. Numbers
  2. Shockwave
  3. Bella Mente

IRC 2

  1. Impetuous
  2. Otra Vez
  3. Hamachi
  4. Vitesse
  5. True
  6. Tonnerre 4
  7. Spookie
  8. Cool Breeze
  9. Better Than
  10. Shine (DNC)

Melges 32

  1. Delta
  2. Volpe
  3. Hedgehog
  4. Argo
  5. Goombay Smash

GC 32

  1. Zou Lou
  2. Armin Strom
  3. Argo
  4. Leenabarca (DNC)

Swan 42 SUBCLASS

  1. Impetuous
  2. Vitesse
  3. Better Than

HPR SUB

  1. Hamachi
  2. Otra Vez
  3. True
  4. Tonnerre 4
  5. Spookie

Both Division 2 and 3 did not hold a Race 6.

While we are waiting for the boats to arrive at the finish, here are the Provisional results for Race 5:

Mini Maxi

  1. Numbers
  2. Shockwave
  3. Bella Mente (DNF)

IRC 2

  1. Spookie
  2. True
  3. Tonnerre 4
  4. Otra Vez
  5. Hamachi
  6. Impetuous
  7. Cool Breeze
  8. Vitesse
  9. Better Than
  10. Shine (DNC)

GC32

  1. Argo
  2. Armin Strom
  3. Zou Lou
  4. Leenabarca (DNC)

Melges 32

  1. Delta
  2. Volpe
  3. Hedgehog
  4. Argo
  5. Goombay Smash

HPR SUBCLASS

  1. Spookie
  2. True
  3. Tonnerre 4
  4. Hamachi

We’re pulling up the anchor and heading to the top of the course – anticipate a windward finish – the breeze seems to be holding.

The Melges 32s are all clear at the start.

The Maxis have rounded the top mark Shockwave, Bella Mente and Numbers coming down on starboard jibe.   Now Numbers jibed over.

IRC2 is all clear.  Vitesse got a clean start right at the Signal Boat.  Cool Breeze crosses the line on port and separates from the rest of the class before tacking back.

GC32s is all clear.  The Swiss boat is flying a code 0 on the weather leg  – an oversized light headsail.  This kind of wind is slow for them.  Makes it hard to foil.  Although I do see one starting to fly a hull up the leg.  Tacking angles for these guys  are really wide in this breeze.

Race 6 – All 3 Maxis are clear at the start.


Finishes are posted on Yachtscoring.   

We are pretty happy that the breeze has held - it is a beautiful day on the course.SBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

We are pretty happy that the breeze has held – it is a beautiful day on the course.


 

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Tonnerre4 rounds the gate 1st in IRC2, followed by True, Spookie,

The Maxis are on their way down. Right now, Numbers is ahead of Shockwave. It looks like the left side may have paid.

IRC2 start all clear.  Fleet split tacks going up the beat. Shine is DNS.


GC32 start: all clear.  Only 3 of them are racing today.  Leenabarca is DNS.  Talked to a Leenabarca crewmember last night at the party.  Told us the boat is very physical to sail and they get beat up pretty badly.  He’s been in a training program to increase his aerobic capacity as he gets heart rates of 200 beats a minute during a race.


Maxi class is all clear at the start.  B-flag on Bella Mente. Bella and Shockwave tacked after the start.  Shockwave now doing a penalty turn and continuing on port tack.  Numbers still on starboard tack.

More drones in the air taking photos.  This is definitely better than the noisy helicopters.  Interesting to see how these photos turn out.

One of the GC32 cats hooked one of the gate marks – 2S. Looks like one of the foils caught the anchor line. We’re sending the mark boat to check the position – they may have dragged it a bit.

Even though the air is light, it is a spectacular day. The turquoise water is so soothing to this Bostonian!

Planning to go into sequence on time.

There is 2 minute gap between the IRC2 start and Melges 32 warning.

Posted  course is #4.  Bearing 345. Distance A&B = 1.4 and C&D=1.2.
Mini Maxi warning at 1230


Kenny just announced that we will have at least 1 race today and will try for 2.  He will make course specific announcements at 1215.  He also reminded anyone with a podium finish to send someone to the tent to pick up trophies.  Podium finishers will also get a bottle of Mt. Gay Rum.


 

The Signal Boat is on station at N 24 30.229 and W 081 50.104.  We are seeing 8-9 knots from 330-340.  Looking good.


Good Morning Division 1.  The Signal Boat is on the way to the course circle.  The breeze is light but boats are sailing and able to keep the chutes somewhat full.  There is a big navy ship heading up the channel  – please give it a wide berth.


Today is Mt Gay Rum Day.  Stop by Race Headquarters this afternoon for a rum tasting featuring their new Black Barrel Rum.

We’re hoping to get off 2 races today if the wind holds.  Right now, we’re seeing about 8 knots from 325.  Weather Mark Boat reported a 10.  Flat seas.

 

Division 1 Race 4

We are wrapping a very quick race 4 on Division 1. The wait from this morning was well worth it, as the clouds have lifted, the breeze built to 12 and sun came out to give everyone close competition.

Bella Mente leads the GC32 Zou Lou over the finish line in race 4.SBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

Bella Mente leads the GC32 Zou Lou over the finish line in race 4.

Argo finished 2nd in race 4 behind Zou LouSBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

Argo finished 2nd in race 4 behind Zou Lou

The Swiss boat Armin Strom finished 3rd in race 4.SBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

The Swiss boat Armin Strom finished 3rd in race 4.

Foiling to the Finish in race 4.SBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

Foiling to the Finish in race 4.

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A Lovely Gem!

The GC32s put on a good show at mark roundings. Foiling cats are happy cats!SBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

The GC32s put on a good show at mark roundings. Foiling cats are happy cats!

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Shockwave

Division 1-Race 4 -- after a slow start today the breeze filled in to 12kn. Shockwave in the foreground with Leenabarca in the backgroundSBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

Division 1-Race 4 — after a slow start today the breeze filled in to 12kn. Shockwave in the foreground with Leenabarca in the background


Melges 32: all clear, clean start

IRC2 – all clear. Otra Vez was over and managed to tuck under in the last couple of seconds

GC 32 all clear with hulls flying.

Maxi class is all clear at the start. wind has filled in.

Going into sequence.  Course #4 bearing 165, distance 1.3 fir A & B; 1.1 for C & D.  There will be a 2 minute gap between IRC2 start and Melges 32 warning.

Div 1 Race 3 – part 2

Race 3 Mini Maxi finish order:

  1. Bella Mente
  2. Shockwave
  3. Numbers

The GC32 finish order:

  1. Argo
  2. Armin Strom
  3. ZouLou
  4. Leenabarca

IRC2 finish order:

  1. Tonnerre4
  2. Otra Vez
  3. Spookie
  4. True
  5. Vitesse
  6. Impetuous
  7. Better Than
  8. Cool Breeze
  9. Hamachi
  10. Shine

Melges 32 finish order:

  1. Hedgehog
  2. Delta
  3. Goombay Smash
  4. Argo
  5. Volpe

 

IRC2 gate roundings: Tonerre4, Spookie, Otra Vez, True, Impetuous, Cool Breeze, Vitesse, Hamachi, Better Than, Shine.


1st weather mark roundings:

Mini Maxi – Bella Mente, Shockwave, Numbers; GC32 Argo, Armin-Strom, ZouLou, Lennabarca; IRC2 Tonnerre4, Otra Vez, Spookie… Shine.

The cats are howling – literally – up on foils makes an eerie sound.


Bella is through the leeward gate and heading back up.  The cats are close behind – up on foils.

Melges 32:  Argo over early and cleared.  Very close start at the pin.


IRC2/HPR start:  Some shouting – looks like a few fouls and couple of OCS.  Hamachi, Better Than and True were over and have cleared.  Very agressive start.


GC32 start:  Almost enough wind to fly a hull.  All clear – a little behind at the horn. Yes, this will be a fun race for these cats.

Dropping port line boat back a bit to square the line.


Clean start, back about 2 seconds. Shockwave tacked over shortly after the start followed by Numbers and then Bella Mente.

 

November dropped. 1 min to MM warning

Course is posted.  #4 at 180, distances 1.2 and 1.0.  There will be a 2 minute gap between the IRC2 start and the Melges 32 warning signal.  Of note – the course is short because of water depth constraints when the wind is from this direction.  Also, there is a line of crab pots between the start line and  the leeward gate.   Plan the Warning signal for Mini Maxis at 1410.


Signal Boat position is N 24 31.118 and W 081 51.187.

Flags on the RC boats are starting to flutter.  Signal Boat is dropping anchor and we’ll give it a go.

Been drifting around waiting for some wind.  A couple of brief showers.   Some breeze is beginning to fil in – 7-9 knots from 155.  Still looking for a place to drop anchor.  Too many crab pots to the north.  Don’t want any competitor dragging dinner home.

Division 1 – Race 3

Wind has dropped to 3.  PRO Kenny decided to end the torture – we are abandoning this race.  3 horns sounded and announcement to competitors to return to start area.

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Melges 32 – 128 is over early and cleared.   Class split tacks after the start.

Now all clear.

IRC2/HPR start: Cluster at the pin.  3 boats over Otra Vez, Spookie, Cool Breeze. Otra Vez and Spookie are clear.  Otra Vez is coming back.

Great Cup 32 start: All clear.  Swiss boat got a clean start at the Signal Boat. France tacked right after the start and is going right – others going left. No hulls flying today.

Mini Maxi start:  Shockwave most windward.  After first 200 meters, Numbers had to tack to clear air and then tacked right back. Bella tacks over. Shockwave also going right.

Mini Maxi warning sounded at 1130.

The course is posted:  #4; bearing 155; distance is 1.5 for A & B, 1.3 for classes C &D.  An offset for the short weather mark, No offset for the long weather mark.

RC denied permission today to one IRC2/HPR boat’s request to reduce crew in light air.  This request will be discussed with the jury tonight and forthcoming decision will apply equally to all boats in the class.

RC contemplated a move due to a righty, but decided to stay put.  Setting gates now.

Div 1 Signal Boat is on station at N 24 31.002 and W 081 51.450 .  Right now we are seeing 8-10 from 140,  Boat are sailing but not much heel.

Good Morning Race Fans.

Signal Boat getting ready to leave the dock.  Not much wind – battle flags are barely lifting. Weather reports call for very light air this morning and dropping off this afternoon.

Some of you here in Key West may have seen sailing photographer Sharon Green’s presentation last night – 30 Years of Ultimate Sailing, but for those who missed it, I recommend checking out her website, Ultimate Sailing .  Her spectacular photos of racing during the 70s with bloopers, colorful chutes, reaching struts and all brought back fond memories.  Looking forward to getting a copy of her book.
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We’re underway amidst wall to wall J 70s.  Will post again soon to give wind updates once we get out of the harbor.

 

 

 

Get Ready to Rock!

For all classes, Course 4.  Axis 025.  Distance for A & B is 2.0 and C & D is 1.5.  Winds speed is about 10-11.

The GC 32 class were the “photo darlings” at the start – the windup started app. 10 seconds from the start with Argo at the Signal boat.

We had a lot of traffic to catch the start of Div – 1. All classes clear.  The most assertive start was the IRC 2 Class. Tonnerre held several boats luffing by holding the port end of the line up to the last 10 seconds. At the start time, the entire class were within millimeters of each other.

In the Melges 32 class, all 5 boats were dead even just 1 metre behind the line.

Both the GC32s and the Mini Maxi class use the same leeward gate.  Looking at the splits from the Signal boat, it appears that the GC32 Argo will pass the maxis to clear the gate first. The view is “foilicious.”

Melges 32 at the gate – Order of rounding is Argo, Hedgehog, Delta, Volpe, Goombay Smash.  Close roundings with Goombay trailing a bit.

Mixing of fleets at the finish.   Argo – the GC 32 gets the bullet as crossed the line first foiling all the way making a supersonic whistling sound.  WHEEEE!   ZouLou was the 2nd place  GC 32 and True was 2nd in IRC2.

Finish order for the Mini Maxis is Bella Mente, Shockwave then Numbers – BUT the corrected finish order is Numbers, Bella Mente and Shockwave.

In the HPR Class, the order of finish is Spookie, Otra Vez, True, Tonnerre, and Hamachi.

IRC2  – Spookie, OtraVez, True, Impetuous, Tonnerre, Cool Breeze, Hamachi, Vitesse, Better Than, Shine.

Melges 32 – Argo, Delta, Hedgehog, Volpe and Goombay Smash.

Race 2 sequence is underway.

 

 

Race 1, Gate 1- Bella Mente cleared first, then Shockwave, followed by ArgoSBenton | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

Race 1, Gate 1- Bella Mente cleared first, then Shockwave, followed by Argo

Div One Signal Boat on Station

Hook is down.  Lat long N 24  29.712 and W 081 51.279.  The seas are about 2 feet with some gentle rollers.  Right now the wind is about 8-10 kts from 020-025.   The plan is for a 1130 Mini Maxi warning.  Competitors are arriving.

Just a reminder from yesterday – there is a sunken sailboat with the mast sticking up at N 024 30.585 and W 081 50.468.  There is a second wreck but it’s deep and should not be a hazard.

Reminder —  there is a boat owners’ reception hosted by Quantum Sails at Gallery on the Green at 5 PM – the invitations is in the skipper’s bag.

 

Good Morning Race Fans

Welcome to Quantum Key West Race Week 2015.  This is Susan on the Div 1 Signal Boat.  We’ve left the dock and heading out to the course circle.  Today, the City of Key West has come through again offering up the best possible weather for sailboat racing – brilliant sunshine and wind predictions of a northeasterly 10 to 15.  Very exciting racing on tap for this week in Div 1, with the ongoing rivalry in the Mini Maxi fleet between Bella Mente and Shockwave being challenged by Numbers who returns to Key West after an absence.  Numbers – chartered by Gunther Buerman has Brad Butterworth calling tactics and crewed by top of the line professional sailors.  The same for Bella Mente and Shockwave who have Terry Hutchinson and Paul Cayard respectively on tactics and many of  the who’s who in the sail racing world on board.  Truly a stellar line up.

New to Div 1 this year is the GC 32 class.  These one design foiling catamarans are designed to deliver high performance, sensational racing.

IRC2 is a design mix and include High Performance Racing Class , Swan 42s, a Ker 43, Mills 43, and Grand Soleil 56.

We also have 5 Melges 32s with a repeat of last year’s rivalry between Delta and Hedgehog.

Stay tuned as we get  ready to set the course.