The Division 3 Signal Boat is on station in what looks to be another beautiful Key West day!
Division 3 racers include the Flying Tiger 7.5 fleet owned by One Design Sailing Academy out of Toronto. One Design has partnered with North U Performance Clinics to offer charters and instruction to sailors looking to improve their game. A terrific opportunity for great coaching throughout a premier event.
Coaches include local Key West instructors from the Key West Sailing Center who have just recently re-launched a High School Sailing Program and offer various classes including a free class on Saturdays for women.
Division 3 Courses: Wind 120 degrees at approximately 15 knts
Multihulls : WM 1 (p), 3 (s),5(s), 1(s),2(finish)
Performance Cruising: WM (p), 3 (s), 4(s),1(s),2(finish)
ORC class- 4 legs at 120 degrees, distance to weather 1.70 nautical miles
J88 and Flying Tigers: 4 legs at 120 degrees, distance to weather 1.40 nautical miles
And they are off!
Multihulls: One competitor, Arethusa, retired after the start
Performance Cruising: Approximate course length: 16 miles. Three starters. White Rhino was the first to start on the starboard end of the line, followed by Island Flyer the Grateful Red who choose the pin end.
ORC: Ten starters. Heavy wind rating with average wind speed at 16.7 knts. While the starboard half of the line, Orion made her way closer to the pin side and won the start. Followed by Kenai and Second Star.
J88: Seven starts. Wind average at 16.4 with a right shift to 130 degrees. Again starboard was the favorite end of the line and it was a clear start.
Flying Tigers: Six starters as one boat dropped out prior to the start. Fleet spread across the line most favoring the pin end. All clear
J88’s first to finish the windward leeward course. ORC boats starting to finish. Races running about 1 hour. Flying Tigers heading downwind to the finish.
Warning for J88 race 2 is scheduled for 1:35. Long windward mark moved .2 further out to a distance of 1.9 miles still at a wind bearing of 120 degrees. Short mark moved to 1.6 miles.
Great start for the J88’s second race. The pin end was popular this time around with many boats right on the line at the start
Correction: J88 race start was 12:35.
ORC start at 12:55. Starboard side of the line continues to be favored. Kenai was the clear leader off the start with several boats close behind.
Flying Tigers spread the line for a 1:00 start.
No OCS to report today. Good job Division 3 racers!
J88’s just finished. Those who favored the right side of the downwind leg were favored at the finish line.
First of the ORC class has finished. Others about 2 to 3 minutes behind.
A parade finish for the Flying Tigers. And in other news I hear there may be a protest happening in the Performance Cruising Fleet. Check racing HQ or the official QKWRW website for official results.
Back tomorrow for day 2 of exciting racing at Quantum Key West Race Week. Division 3 Blogger-out.