Division 2: Quantum Key West Race Week 20152015-01-23 15:36:05
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…
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 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
CONGRATULATIONS to Bradley Faber and his team on the J/111 Utah who was presented with the Boat of the Day Award on Thursday.
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!
Enjoy a great day on the water, see you on the race course!
Please note an update for the Friday start times:
For Division 2, the scheduled time for the warning signal is 1030.
Divisions 1 and 3 : The scheduled time for the warning signal is 1130.
Get set for the final day of racing!
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.
Doug and Dalton DeVos, father and son, talk about racing against each other in the Melges 32 class.