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Sailing in Key West, course set for Rio

Stuart McNay & David HughesBill Wagner | Quantum Key West 2015 Blog

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…

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.

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!

New Wags interviews are posted!

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

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

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.

Welcome to Quantum Key West 2015 – Industry Partner Day!

Good Morning! Today is Industry Partner Day

Through partnership with Premiere Racing, these industry leaders help to champion Key West Race Week. Industry Partners’ support plays an important role in maintaining the quality of this international regatta

Today’s weather looks to provide us with 2 good races, and steadily increasing breeze for a banner finish on Friday. Divisions 2 and 3 are starting 1 hour earlier with the warning scheduled for 1030.

The awards presentation and full results from Mount Gay Rum Day are posted on the Premiere Racing website. Distributors from across the U.S. were onboard, as well as guests from Marlow, the City of Key West, and Schooner Wharf.

Key West Race Week 20152015 Ken Stanek/kenstanek.com