What do aspiring Olympic sailors do when they take a short break from their campaign? They come to Quantum Key West 2015 and go racing on a Melges 24.
Stuart McNay and David Hughes are aiming to represent the United States in 470 class at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They joined forces shortly after the last Olympics and have been steadily training for the past two-plus years.
McNay and Hughes have a big event next week as the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) World Cup is being held in Miami from Jan. 26-31. However, this week the duo is sailing with Irish skipper Conor Clarke aboard his Melges 24 named Embarr.
“This is the premiere event happening in the United States this week so it makes sense for us to be here,” Hughes said. “We are going against top level competition in this class. You always get better by going against the best.” Continue reading…
Be sure to check out today’s new “Wag Walks the Docks” interviews:
Kevin George, tactician aboard 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.
All of this weeks interviews, including Stephanie Roble, Paul Cayard, Terry Hutchinson, can be found here: http://premiere-racing.com/wagner2015.html
Bill Wagner, Press Officer of Quantum Key West Race Week 2015, is walking the docks of Key West and speaking with skippers, sailors and industry leaders about current trends and racing at Key West.
Bill has posted interviews with Terry Hutchinson, Rob Ruhlman, Heidi & Steve Benjamin, Jason Carroll and more!
His video interviews are updated daily here: http://premiere-racing.com/wagner2015.html