January 18, 2017
KEY WEST, Fla. – After two days of bashing about the Florida Straits, the fleet competing in the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week looks to encounter a softer day today – Mount Gay Rum Day.
All early morning weather observations are reporting less breeze aloft at 1,000 feet and offshore at Sand Key. The wind at 1,000 feet is 10 to 15 knots, whereas yesterday it was 20 to 25 knots, and 15 to 19 knots at Sand Key.
Commanders’ Weather, the weather forecast supplier to race week, is calling for 8- to 14-knot winds between 100 and 130 degrees at 1100 hours. By 1400 hours, Commanders’ is forecasting the wind to lighten between 7 and 11 knots and range between 110 and 150 degrees.
At this morning’s weather briefing presented by Quantum Sails and Gowrie Group, host Ed Adams predicted a bubble of high pressure to develop west of Tampa Bay, on Florida’s upper west coast, and that will “kill the breeze and shift it to the east.”
Adams’ matrix of nine different forecasts the wind at 1100 hours to be 11 knots from 117 degrees and at 1400 hours 9 knots from 111 degrees.
The first warning signal on each racing circle is scheduled for 1100 hours. The J/70s and C&C 30 One-Designs have each completed six races, halfway to their goal of 12 races in each class. The other racing classes – 52 Super Series, J/111, J/88, ORC and Flying Tiger 7.5m – have each completed four races on their way to a 10-race series. The Performance Cruising Division has completed two races. There are no discards planned for any class.
This evening, between 1700 and 1745, Mount Gay Rum will host a tasting seminar with national brand ambassador Karlene Palmer-McLeod at the Waterfront Brewery.
Quantum Sails also hosts its daily 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. Today’s highlighted classes are on Division 2: J/70 and C&C 30 One-Design
• 1800 hours: Panel Discussion – Executing a Successful One-Design Championship. Ed Baird moderating with Bora Gulari, Scott Nixon and John Kostecki
• 1845 hours (approx.): Daily Prize-Giving on the Main Stage at the Waterfront Brewery
Quantum Sails’ daily photo contest also continues. 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.