January 19, 2017
A light wind has forced a shoreside postponement at Quantum Key West Race Week - photo Quantum Key West Race Week/PhotoBoat.com
KEY WEST, Fla. – The conditions have taken a decided turn towards the light side at Quantum Key West Race Week and at 0900 the race committee issued a harbor postponement. No racing will occur before 1300 hours.
When racing gets underway today – Marine Partners’ Day – there’ll likely only be one race. That sets all classes up for two races tomorrow, the final day of racing, to conclude a full series.
The harbor postponement will allow the breeze to settle and by the time the fleet takes to the racecourse there should be an 8- to 10-knot southeasterly breeze blowing. The light northeast wind this morning is forecast to steadily shift to the southeast. But there could be an abrupt backing around 1500 hours that will keep tacticians on their toes.
After racing Quantum Sails will host 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 1: 52 Super Series and J/111. This is the final video debrief of the week
• 1800 hours: Panel Discussion – The Future of Racing in the U.S. with Rod Davis, Terry Hutchinson, Jay Kehoe, Rob Weiland, Dawn Riley and Dick Neville
• 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.