January 20, 2017
Looking out on the Key West Bight sees a light southerly breeze ahead of the final day of racing (Quantum Key West Race Week/Sean McNeill).
KEY WEST, Fla. – The final day of the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week – Quantum Sails Day – sees one race on tap for all classes. Completing that lone, hour long race, however, might be difficult.
After a week of sailing in winds from an easterly quadrant that were influenced by a high pressure system, today a gradient breeze is the dominant feature as a front approaches.
Both Commanders’ Weather and Ed Adams are calling for southerly winds between 7 and 11 knots. But some models show the wind dying away completely by 1200 or 1300 hours.
“There should be a sailable breeze when we get out there, but it might not last all day,” said Adams at the morning briefing sponsored by Quantum Sails and Gowrie Group.
With four class titles hanging in the balance, the race committee intends to make every effort to complete the race. The 52 Super Series, J/111, J/70 and ORC classes are all up for grabs:
• 3 points separate the top five in the 52 Super Series
• 5 points separate the top three in the J/111 Class
• 9 points separate the top two in the J/70 Class
• 1 point separates the top two in ORC
The race committee intends to send the fleet out as scheduled. That means a harbor start of 0900 and a warning signal of 1100.
Since this is the final day of racing there are no debriefs or panel discussions planned. Only a final awards ceremony that is currently slated for 1600 hours at the Waterfront Brewery.
Quantum Sails’ daily photo contest 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.