Quantum Racing checking in for race 10
Ellyn following the “wave.”
Back on point, checking-in Div 1 — a little soggy, but still smiling!
Spookie is ready to rock and roll for the final race
On Division 1, we were looking forward to the matchup in IRC-1 between Quantum Racing and Spookie, who were separated by .5 point. The timing on the passing fronts predicted this morning by Commanders Weather was tough to call. We anticipated that we would be able to start 1 race for all classes. In the rain showers, the breeze kicked up to 20-25 knots and the sea state was pretty choppy out of the S-SW against the tide.
Ellyn Osmond, was sheltered (under cover) in the aft deck of our Signal Boat. Quantum Racing came by to say hello and check-in. In a confluence of water, their quarter-wake, combined with a passing swell, sent a wall of water right into the stern section completely drenching Ellyn, her clipboard, and paperwork. I have never heard Ellyn laugh so hard in the time that I have known her. Like the good sport that she is, she straightened her hat, wiped off her clipboard, toweled off her face, and went right back to the job at hand!
This final day of Quantum Key West Race Week, sailors were awakened by a fierce line squall filled with lightning and thunder whipping up the sea. I’m sure that most were wondering if this last day of racing would be. At the Race Committee 0830 meeting it appeared that there was a hole in the radar returns that would permit racing. The word from Race Chairman Dick Neville was One and Done to get everyone back in before another band might cruise through the race course.
The run out to the course was a bash through 3 to 4 foot swells out of the South in 20 + knots in a heavily overcast sky. Visibility was easily 5 miles and regardless of the lumpy sea, the azure color of the water remains a hallmark of sailing in Key West.
PRO Wayne Bretsch set a 4-leg 5.8 mile course for ORC 1 and a 4.6 mile course shared by the J/88 and ORC 2 classes. The signal boat was rolling around hard enough that the signal flags were moved from the bridge to the aft deck.
And they’re off – all clean starts.
ORC 1 Class moments before the start of Race 10
Start of Race 10 for ORC 2
PRO Ken Legler has announced that we are abandoning racing for the day due to the unsafe conditions.
We’re on station for Race 10, and we are rocking & rolling in a very choppy sea state.
The course for today is #4 (windward-leeward twice around)
1.8 mi for IRC 0 (Maxi 72s) and IRC -1
1.5 mi for IRC-2 and J/111
The second windward leg for the J/70 class was changed by 15 degrees to a heading of 210.
The C&C 30 start had 1 boat over and it was Loco. The wind has increased to 22 knots with gusts to 30 knots. The seas are building as well.
The start of the Melges 24 class found 3 boats over early and they were Tramp, Kleine Rainbow and Blue Steel.
There are a few J/70’s that opted to stay ashore so the number of J/70’s at the start were 39 boats with 11 boats over early. All came back to start properly.
Tough conditions on the start
Kendra Brennan received the Volunteer of the Day award on Thursday from John Fisher, former Commodore of Storm Trysail Club and Quantum Key West Race Week 2016 Event Chairman.
Kendra Brennan took on the daunting task of securing housing for the entire Storm Trysail Club (STC) team at Quantum Key West Race Week. Last spring at the BVI Regatta, while gathered around the “post-race decision-making table,” the STC agreed to take-on the Event and Race Management for Key West Race Week.
The team discussed the logistical challenge of an event of this size, housing being one of the most difficult and time-intensive tasks. There are over 100 people involved who require housing, and without any prompting, Kendra volunteered.
Event Chairman Dick Neville commented on Kendra’s effort, “Housing is the most difficult task. Kendra’s done a phenomenal job of making sure everyone has great housing within walking/biking distance to the boats and race headquarters.”
In addition to the housing puzzle, unintentional flight changes were made daily and Kendra was constantly making adjustments to the overall housing plan.
As a volunteer, I am sure I can speak on behalf of all who are here this week in saying THANK YOU for all of the effort you’ve made to make our week so comfortable and great!
The Division 2 PRO Dave Brennan has the crew out on the course an hour earlier than normal. It is blowing 14 – 16 knots from 190 and rather lumpy with 3 to 5 feet seas.
Standing by for a start at 1030.
We are wrapping up a spectacular Quantum Key West Race Week 2016. Today is Quantum Sails Day.
Congratulations to all of the class winners on Industry Partner Day.
The final party and Final Awards will be presented this evening, including the Boat of the Week. We are starting a little earlier @1700h.
The Harbor Start will be at 1000 as scheduled and we plan to start on time. Due to weather and logistical considerations, we intend to sail 1 race today.
Here is the Plan of the Day for all Divisions:
Division 2 head out an hour earlier this morning, and will be on station at 1030. Division 2 may sail 1-2 races, based on the conditions.
- Harbor Start: 1000
- PRO Announcement: 1030
- Start: First Warning – 1130
- 1 Race planned for the day – Divisions 1-3-4. Division 2 may sail 1-2 races
- George Caras of Commanders’ Weather provided the RC with the today’s weather outlook. The weather may be a bit unstable today, so the decision of whether a boat races is left up to the discretion of the Owner.
- Today’s forecast is southerly, from 170-190 @10-11 knots, depending on shower activity.
The Schooner America 2 is scheduled to go out on the water today.
Have a great day on the water, and we hope to see you at the Race Village this afternoon for the final Party and Awards presentation:
1800 Awards presentation
We kindly ask that all boats with podium finishes to please send a representative to receive your trophy on stage.
Consistency was key today on Division 1 following 3 races sailed in shifting 10-14 knots . In the provisional results in IRC-0, Hap Fauth and team Bella Mente scored a hat trick with 3 firsts leading the maxi class by 6 points over Alex Schaerers’ Caol Ila R.
In IRC-1, Quantum Racing has a narrow .5 point lead over Steve Benjamin’s team on Spookie.
Andrew and Linda Weiss’ Christopher Dragon maintains a near-perfect line scoring 1-1-1 and leads by 13 points.
In J-111 class, Peter Wagner’s Skeleton Key posted a 1-1-2 and leads by 14.5 points over the 9-boat class.
The points may say one thing, yet we were very fortunate to view tight starts, close roundings and lead changes in the shifty breeze today. Any mistake cost time and position.
The awards presentation is at 1830. If you have won a daily award, kindly send a representative from your boat (or your entire crew) to collect the trophy from our Industry Partners.
It’s hard to believe we are close to “Final Friday!”
See you tomorrow!
Race 9 on Division 2 Course saw some real battles; Richard Thompson’s Black Seal was covering John Brown’s Blind Squirrel and vice versa in the Melges 24 Fleet. Black Seal is protesting Blind Squirrel.
Walt Thirion and his crew on Themis placed second in Race 9 to take the lead over Dan Cheresh on Extreme2. Angus Davis on Nyabinghi won the C&C 30 class for the last race. Themis is now winning their class with 28 points to Extreme2‘s 32 points.
Tim Healy sailing Helly Hansen won race 9 to move into second place while Peter Duncan on Relative Obscurity is 1 point behind in third place. Carlo Alberini is sailing a great regatta on
Tim Healy, John Mollicone, Geoff Becker and Paul Abdullah make it look easy
Calvi Network and is leading with a 10 point lead in the J/70 class.