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April 21, 2015 – For Immediate Release

Storm Trysail Club Takes Over Ownership of Key West Race Week

Quantum Sail Design Group remains onboard as title sponsor of popular regatta

LARCHMONT, NY— Quantum Key West Race Week will continue thanks to the organizational expertise of a new ownership group and the ongoing support of its title sponsor — Quantum Sail Design Group.

The Storm Trysail Club is pleased to announce that it has come to an agreement with Premiere Racing to take over ownership and management of the prestigious regatta.

The Storm Trysail Club, established in 1938, is well known for running Block Island Race Week, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer. Storm Trysail Club also organizes the Lauderdale-to-Key West Race that has long served as feeder for Key West Race Week. "Key West Race Week is a terrific bookend to the club's long‐standing Block Island Race Week," Storm Trysail Club commodore Lee Reichart said. "We believe we will be able to utilize our experience at Block Island to ensure that Key West remains the most prominent winter big-boat event in North America."

Quantum Key West Race Week 2016 will be held Jan. 18‐22, 2016 with many of the same elements that made the regatta so popular remaining in place. Foremost is the sponsorship of Quantum, the second-largest sail-making company in the world.

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March 2, 2015 – For Immediate Release

Premiere Racing Stepping Aside after their 21st Key West Race Week

29th edition in 2016 likely — talks ongoing with a potential successor

Marblehead, MA — In November of 1994 Yachting Magazine consultant Gary Jobson asked Peter Craig, "how hard can it be? Just raise some flags and blow off some guns." And so began Craig's involvement in what was then a 112 boat - single division regatta that would soon evolve into an iconic annual international keelboat event. Yachting Magazine founded Key West Race Week in 1987.

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February 6, 2015 – For Immediate Release

Quantum Key West Race Week – Thanking our Sponsors!

Key West, Florida Keys — The 28th edition of "Key West Race Week" was by all measures a great success. Featuring boats from 15 different countries and over 22 US States, this iconic winter regatta owes great thanks to its sponsors. Their support throughout the years is one of race week's critical success factors. Premiere Racing would like to take this opportunity to highlight their loyalty and support.

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January 23, 2015 – For Immediate Release

Fantastic Finish at Key West Race Week

Bill Wagner, Press Officer

Florida Keys, Key West — Most of the marquee classes at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 came down to the last day of the regatta, which delivered the toughest conditions of the week. Howling winds and rough seas challenging the competitors on Friday, forcing the top contenders to raise their game in order to claim overall victory.

That was certainly the case aboard Bella Mente, the mini maxi skippered by Hap Fauth of Minneapolis. Fauth steered the Judel-Vrolijk 72-footer to first place in both races on Friday to hold off a stiff challenge from skipper Gunther Buerman and his team on Numbers.

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January 22, 2015 – For Immediate Release

"Gorgeous, Exceptional, Classic"

A Great Day at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015

Bill Wagner, Press Officer

Florida Keys, Key West — It probably won't be a late night on Duval Street for the sailors competing on Division 2 and 3 at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015. After doing three races in strong winds on Thursday, there are no doubt a lot of sore muscles, aching bones and tired bodies.

Not that anyone was complaining. Light winds on Wednesday led to just one race on Division 2 and 3, and organizers with Premiere Racing were keen to make up for that on Thursday. So the six classes competing on those two courses were sent out an hour early so the race committee could take advantage of east-southeasterly winds that held steady between 10 and 15 knots.

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January 21, 2015 – For Immediate Release

Breeze and Sunshine at Quantum Key West Race Week

Bill Wagner, Press Officer

Florida Keys, Key West — Based off early morning forecasts, it appeared a lay day might be in the cards for competitors at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015. Some sailors might have already been making plays to play tennis or go fishing during an hour-long dockside delay. However, organizers with Premiere Racing saw a small pocket of sailable conditions and sent the fleet out to the three race courses. Division 1 completed two races while Divisions 2 and 3 both got in one to keep the regatta moving along.

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January 20, 2015 – For Immediate Release

A Challenging Day at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015

Bill Wagner, Press Officer

Florida Keys, Key West — During 28 years of running a regatta off Key West, Premiere Racing has a remarkable record of getting in a complete series. Because of the consistent conditions off the Conch Republic, there have been very few lost race days.

However, that does not mean that race committee officials compromise quality just to give the competitors some action. Fair and equitable racing is the hallmark of this event and organizers always make sure to adhere to that tradition.

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January 19, 2015 – For Immediate Release

Off to a Great Start at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015

Bill Wagner, Press Officer

Florida Keys, Key West — There is no better sight than a steady stream of racing boats either sailing or motoring out of the Historic Seaport harbor around 10 a.m. on Monday. That's a sure sign that the annual race week held off Key West is starting on time and with enough wind to get the regatta underway.

Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 got off to a strong start with the principal race officers on all three divisions able to complete two good races in 8-14 knot northeasterly winds. "It was a good day of racing. Conditions were ideal and the courses were good," said Hap Fauth, skipper of the mini maxi Bella Mente.

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January 18, 2015 – For Immediate Release

Ready to Race at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015!

Bill Wagner, Press Officer

Florida Keys, Key West — Key West has been a flurry of activity for the last four days as sailors swarmed into town for the annual race week that is being held here for the 28th year. Quantum Key West 2015, which begins Monday on the aqua waters off the southernmost point of the United States, has attracted 115 boats in 10 classes and competitors have been busily preparing and practicing.

Curious tourists looked on with interest as crew members loaded huge sail bags onto the mini maxis that are berthed at the docks in front of the Hyatt. Bella Mente and Shockwave are powerful 72-foot racing machines that require a crew of 18 professionals to race. They will square off in IRC 1 along with Numbers, a 66-footer that returns to the regatta for the first time in several years.

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January 14, 2015 – For Immediate Release

PHRF Innovations and Enthusiastic Owners Ready for Quantum Key West Race Week 2015

Bill Wagner, Press Officer

Florida Keys, Key West — Ken Johnson began his 2015 sailing year by skating around Lake Kegonsa in sub-zero temperatures. Johnson's Nite iceboat can do 60 miles per hour in the right conditions so it was fun, but boy was it cold!

Johnson was more than happy to escape the arctic chill of Wisconsin for the sunny skies and warm temperatures of Key West, where he will compete in the 28th annual race week for the first time since 2009.

Johnson completed the long drive to the southernmost tip of the United States on Monday night and by the next morning was aboard his C&C 121 Grateful Red, which was berthed at Historic Seaport.

"Last week I was sailing on ice. Right now, I'm worried about the ice melting in my rum drink," Johnson said as he leisurely began preparing his boat for Quantum Key West 2015.

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December 12, 2014 — For Immediate Release

Speed, Power and Excitement heading to Quantum Key West Race Week — 28th Edition begins January 18

Bill Wagner, Press Officer

Florida Keys, Key West — High-speed foiling catamarans, powerful 72-foot Maxi yachts, innovative High Performance Racing designs and large classes of exciting sport boats are heading to the Florida Keys. Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 will once again showcase the full spectrum of sailboat racing amid the beautiful setting of aqua-colored waters and warm sunshine.

Many of the world's best sailors will come to the Conch Republic for the 28th edition of Key West Race Week, being held Jan. 18-23. For the fourth consecutive year, Quantum Sail Design Group will serve as title sponsor of the iconic event, which is organized by Premiere Racing.

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April 21, 2014 — For Immediate Release

2015 Key West Race Week Dates Confirmed — Fleet for annual midwinter classic already taking shape

Key West, Florida Keys — Classes and sailors from across the country and around the world already have Quantum Key West 2015 on the winter calendars. Boats ranging is size from 23 to 72 feet will compete in the waters off America's southernmost city during the 28th edition of Key West Race Week, scheduled for January 18-23.

"Quantum Sail Design Group and its backers recognize how important this international event is to sailing in North America," commented Ed Reynolds, Quantum President. "For nearly 3 decades Key West has kicked off racing here in the U.S. with a superb event that sets the standard for the entire year."

America loves a comeback story and the comeback class for 2015 is expected to be the Melges 24s. The iconic sportboat is on the move and South Florida will play a major role over the next two years as evidenced by the recent announcement about their 2016 World Championship at Quantum Key West.

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Regatta dates are January 18 - 23, 2015

Event Sponsors include Title Sponsor Quantum Sails and Day Sponsors Lewmar (Official Marine Hardware), and Mount Gay® Rum (Official Rum). The Supporting Sponsors are B&G (Official Marine Electronics), Marlow Ropes (Official Rope), and Gaastra (Official Clothing and Foortear).

Key West Race Week is also supported by The Florida Keys & Key West Tourism Council. Sapporo USA is the Official Beer and Regatta Ginger Beer is the Official Ginger Beer. Chelsea Clock is providing their classic Shipstrike Clocks for the Boat of the Day trophies. 20 Industry Partners bring their support through a program that is now in its 14th year. Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 is a US SAILING sanctioned event.

The racing 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.

About Quantum Sail Design Group

Founded in 1996 by a group of independent, experienced sailmakers who shared a common vision, Quantum Sail Design Group is dedicated to providing a superior customer experience with the best service, products, and quality. The company is known for its high-performance Fusion MTM sails for all types of sailors and boats, from dinghies to super yachts. Quantum has more than 60 sales and service outlets throughout the world, with world headquarters in Traverse City, MI and European headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

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For more information on Premiere Racing, Quantum Key West Race Week 2015, and its Sponsors and Partners:

Premiere Racing, Inc.
67 B Front Street
Marblehead, MA 01945 USA
Phone: +1-781-639-9545
Fax: +1-781-639-9171

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