January 15, 2017
KEY WEST, Fla. – The 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week begins today with a solid forecast for great racing conditions. Today’s forecast is calling for lighter conditions than expected yesterday, but there’s still plenty of wind for the race committee to run two to three races, as scheduled.
Commanders’ Weather, the weather forecast supplier to race week, is calling for stronger winds this morning, in the 14- to 20-knot range, between 090 and 120 degrees. As the day progresses Commanders’ is forecasting the wind to back and lighten. At 1500 hours it is forecasting a wind of 11 to 15 knots between 080 and 110 degrees.
At this morning’s weather briefing presented by Quantum Sails and Gowrie Group, host Ed Adams predicted similar conditions. Drawing data from nine different forecasts, Adams is forecasting 16 knots from 093 degrees at 1100 hours and 14 knots from 87 degrees at 1500 hours.
“Basically, the wind is going to be backing and dying through the day, based on the blended forecasts,” said Adams, one of the world’s top coaches and a past Star Class world champion.
The first warning signal on each racing circle is scheduled for 1100 hours and two races are scheduled for all classes except the J/70s, which are expecting to run three races. The J/70s are aiming for a 12-race series while all other classes are aiming for 10 races. There are no discards planned for any class.
After racing Quantum Sails hosts a series of activities at the Waterfront Brewery:
• Immediately after racing a dock talk for the J/70 Class is planned on the docks outside the brewery
• At 1700 on the main stage there’ll be a video debrief for Division 1 (TP52s and J/111s) with Ed Adams and Ed Baird
• At 1800 on the main stage there’ll be a panel discussion with TP52 coaches James Lyne and Rod Davis
The day begins to draw to a close at approximately 1845 when the daily prize-giving is planned.
Quantum Sails is also hosting a daily photo contest. Tag your photos on social media with #QuantumKWPhoto for a chance to win free gear. Three winners will be announced daily. Winners will be notified via social media and prizes can be picked up at the Quantum Service Loft. Visit the events page on QuantumSails.com for full terms and conditions.
Platinum Sponsors: Quantum Sails (Title Sponsor and Official Sailmaker), Florida Keys & Key West (Presenting Sponsor), B&G (Official Marine Electronics), Gill NA (Official Apparel), Lewmar (Official Marine Hardware), Marlow (Official Rope) and Mount Gay Rum (Official Rum).
Gold Sponsors: Classic Harbor Line (Official Spectator Vessel), Foiling RIBs, Gowrie Group, J/Boats, Key West Historic Inns, Red Stripe Beer (Official Beer), Sailing World (Official US Magazine), Seahorse International Sailing (Official European Magazine) and Waterfront Brewery (Official Venue).
ABOUT QUANTUM KEY WEST RACE WEEK
The racing at Quantum Key West Race Week will be conducted under permit in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary protects 2,900 square nautical miles of critical marine habitat, including coral reef, hard bottom, seagrass meadow, mangrove communities and sand flats. For more information, please visit floridakeys.noaa.gov.
ABOUT THE STORM TRYSAIL CLUB
The Storm Trysail Club is one of the world's most respected sailing organizations. Founded in 1938 and consisting of ten stations, the Storm Trysail Club boasts an international, merit-based membership consisting of sailors who have demonstrated expert leadership offshore or in the management of the sport. The Storm Trysail Club encourages safe offshore racing and cruising by its members' example in sailing under its burgee, organizing regattas, developing and sharing safety standards, and promoting good fellowship among sailors. As a result, its members influence the highest levels of yachting as competitors, organizers, race committee, and supporters. The Storm Trysail Club hosts popular race weeks at Block Island and Key West, and organizes iconic offshore races such as the annual Block Island Race, the biennial Pineapple Cup race to Montego Bay, the Transatlantic Race with partner clubs, and a fresh list of events near and offshore. The Storm Trysail Club also has a strong commitment to sharing its wealth of experience with others, youth sailors in particular, through its affiliated charitable organization, The Storm Trysail Foundation, which hosts safety seminars and the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta for college sailors in big boats. For more information, visit www.stormtrysail.org.