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…