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Quantum Key West Race Week 2016 joins Clean Regattas Program

The Storm Trysail Club is proud to announce that Quantum Key West Race Week 2016 is doing its part to restore ocean health by participating in Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas Program.

Organizers at the Storm Trysail Club, which took over management of Quantum Key West Race Week last year, will implement several measures at this year’s regatta with the goal of achieving “Bronze Level” Clean Regattas certification.   

“All responsible sailors should do their part to make as little impact as possible on the environment,” said John Fisher, chairman of Quantum Key West Race Week 2106. “The Storm Trysail Club believes strongly in the Clean Regatta Program and is committed to doing everything possible to minimize the environmental footprint of our events.”  

The Storm Trysail Club embraced the Clean Regatta Program this past year by bringing the 50th anniversary edition of Block Island Race Week into compliance. The club unanimously agreed it was a positive step in the right direction and wanted to extend the initiative to Quantum Key West Race Week.

“Storm Trysail is proud to host this largest and most diverse international regatta in North America,” said Commodore Lee Reichart, “and we are embracing the program for the first time in this event’s long history. We are committed to work towards higher levels of certification in the future since this is an important alignment with the principles of our permit to respect the ecosystems in the waters of the National Marine Sanctuary off of Key West.”

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Special App Now Available for Quantum Key West Race Week - Will provide single platform for results, race reports and other news

BIg news for Quantum Sails Key West Race Week fans!!

The Storm Trysail Club announces a special mobile application that will provide sailboat racing enthusiasts with all the most up-to-date news about Quantum Key West Race Week 2016.

This app will provide regatta participants and fans from afar with a single mobile platform for results, race reports, press releases, feature stories and the popular “Wags Walks the Docks” video interviews. By downloading the Quantum Key West Race Week 2016 app, followers can access the race website at yachtscoring.com, the official regatta Twitter feed, YouTube channel and Facebook page using their smart phone or tablet.

This app is a development of another app that the Storm Trysail Club debuted to critical acclaim at the 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week this past summer.

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Trophy to Recognize Top Talent Among Younger Sailors Participating in Key WestRace Week to be Presented by Sailing World

As a gold-level sponsor of Quantum Key West Race Week 2016, hosted by the Storm Trysail Club, Sailing World Magazine’s editorial team announced today the creation of a new trophy to recognize the most outstanding performance of the regatta’s youngest team.

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“For the sport to be sustainable we need younger sailors engaged at all levels, not just in junior sailing but also at top-tier events such as Key West Race Week,” Sailing World editor Dave Reed said. “The intent with this trophy is simple: to recognize owners and teams that provide opportunities for young amateur sailors to keep racing during a period of their lives where they potentially drop out of the sport.”

The Sailing World Trophy will be awarded to the best-performing team in any class whose average age of all crewmembers is less than 30 years old. Selection will be made by the Organizing Authority in consultation with Sailing World based on the average scores for the week, average age of the crew, and the relative difficulty of the competition in the class.

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One Farr 280 Still Available for Key West Race Week

Farr Yacht Sales has just one Farr 280 left in time for Quantum Key West Race Week 2016. This year's event will bring some of the best teams from the U.S. and U.K. together. Last year's event showcased competitive one design racing with great weather. This year, we're planning an even bigger, better event.

The available boat is fully ready to race in Key West. It includes a set of North 3DL sails and all required equipment under class rules.

Now is the perfect time to start planning your trip. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on how to join in the fun.

WINNERS IN ANNAPOLIS ON THE ROAD TO KEY WEST

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The Storm Trysail Club's Annapolis Fall Regatta provided a preview of close inshore racing expected at Quantum Key West Race Week in the IRC, ORC and C&C 30 classes - photo Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

Annapolis, MD -- The road to Quantum Key West Race Week has started with last weekend's 3-day Annapolis Fall Regatta, organized by the Chesapeake Station of the Storm Trysail Club and co-hosted by Eastport YC and SpinSheet Magazine. After three days of conditions ranging from light to moderate breeze and on courses varying from windward-leewards to a short offshore tour of the Chesapeake Bay, this 2015 edition has produced winners after seven races in three scored classes: IRC, C&C 30's, and for the first time in the US, in ORC as well.

All three class winners are entered to compete in Key West, and many of the competitors in the Eastport YC's J/70 Fall Brawl also held this past weekend will also be heading to compete in Key West.

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Restoring Simplicity In The Sport

Published in Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Monday, October 19, 2015 — Issue 4442

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The sport succeeds when enough people with similar boats can meet on a race course and enjoy a competitive contest. The type of boat, you could argue, is secondary to the quantity of boats.

Nicely equipped boats with comfortable interiors once roamed the regatta schedule, but over time, interiors were stripped to save weight. A day of racing meant the removal of cushions and kitchen essentials. The effort, for some, was no longer worth it.

Rod Johnstone of J/Boats, who has been coming regularly to Key West Race Week since its inception over two decades ago, likes how the 2016 edition is seeking to restore some simplicity in the sport. 

Short navigational races have been added to the format for Performance Cruising classes, offering an options for casual and/or shorthanded sailing teams to enjoy just one race per day. Johnstone thinks the Performance Cruising class can really take off.

“I think it’s an absolutely great idea,” Johnstone said. “That’s the type of racing a lot of people like to do these days and there are so many boats out there that would fit perfectly into that class.”

He also thinks a well-appointed cruising boat would provide housing for its crew.  “I would think another good thing about this new class is that skippers don’t need to strip out their boats in order to do some distance racing.”

Key West Race Week Offers Alternative Racing Formats for Broader Audiences

Flexible formats and new rating options will increase participation, diversity and quality of the event

Larchmont, NY -- Organizers from the Storm Trysail Club are pleased to announce new features to Quantum Key West Race Week 2016 to increase the event’s flexibility to accommodate more sailors and classes to enjoy this world-class international sailing event.

Firstly, a one design or handicap class that can organize a minimum number of 8 entries may consider using an alternative format being offered of three days of racing starting on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 and concluding on Friday, January 22nd . This will be in addition to the standard format of racing held over Monday, January 18th through Friday, January 22nd. Classes competing in the standard format will be ineligible to also compete in this alternate format.

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Organizers announce innovations to Quantum Key West Race Week

Storm Trysail Club proposes harbor fleet, distance racing, ORC ratings

The Storm Trysail Club has promised to maintain all the elements that have made Quantum Key West Race Week such a popular event while introducing innovations designed to increase participation.

With the release of the official Notice of Race, organizers with the Storm Trysail Club have proposed several new elements for Quantum Key West Race Week 2016. A harbor course area for smaller sailboats, distance racing for Performance Cruising designs and replacing PHRF with the International ORC rating system are among the creative ideas found in the new NOR.

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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.

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