January 17, 2017
KEY WEST, Fla. – The 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week kicked off in fine style yesterday with 15- to 20-knot winds. To say that the sailors came off the water smiling would be an understatement – they were pumped. Stoked. Ecstatic. It was Key West sailing at its best.
Today – Lewmar Day – looks to deliver more of the same awesomeness.
Commanders’ Weather, the weather forecast supplier to race week, is calling for 16- to 22-knot winds between 100 and 130 degrees at 1100 hours. That should last until early afternoon when Commanders’ predicts the wind will soften slightly and begin to back to about 090 degrees.
At this morning’s weather briefing presented by Quantum Sails and Gowrie Group, host Ed Adams said the weather “will be very similar to yesterday.” Once again drawing data from nine different forecasts, Adams is forecasting 17 knots from 105 degrees at 1100 hours and 15 knots from 102 degrees at 1400 hours.
“The matrix is remarkably similar to yesterday,” said Adams. “The wind will stay right until noontime, maybe a little bit farther right than forecast, and then it’ll trend to the left.”
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 and C&C 30 One-Designs are aiming for a 12-race series while all other classes are aiming for 10 races. The Performance Cruising Class is sailing one race per day. There are no discards planned for any class.
After racing Quantum Sails hosts a series of activities at the Waterfront Brewery:
- 1700 hours: Everyone is invited to attend Quantum Sail’s daily video debrief and enjoy some refreshments. Presented on the Main Stage at Waterfront Brewery by Ed Adams & Ed Baird with video by Keith Brash. Tuesday – Div. 3: Flying Tiger 7.5m, J/88, ORC
- 1800 hours: Panel Discussion – Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing with International Judge Tom Rinda
- 1845 hours (approx.): Daily Prize-Giving on the Main Stage at the Waterfront Brewery
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.