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12-27-2011, 11:38 AM

Kris O
12-28-2011, 06:02 AM
nope....couple of invites back in the fall that I said no to and they have since decided not to go...seems January has become very busy for people who are working.

Ballard Sailor
12-28-2011, 08:27 AM
My boats not fast enough to enter.

war dog
12-28-2011, 09:07 AM
We talked about it but the team voted to do Antigua instead

12-30-2011, 07:41 AM
My boats not fast enough to enter.

lol. You should charter Rambler. The one with the keel still on....

We talked about it but the team voted to do Antigua instead

Not a bad call either. Anywhere there is warm blue water.

Ballard Sailor
12-30-2011, 01:01 PM
Funny story - the year we where on the east coast with a Moore 24 on a trailer we thought long and hard about doing KWRW - it sounded fun. But in the end it was out of our price range with the entry, moorage, trailer storage, housing, etc so we decided not to and brought the boat back west. It turned out that one day, I think the second day, it blew 25 and they didn't go out that day. I can only imagine how I would have felt if I had ponied up and entered with the Moore, flew out my crew and then didn't get to race cause it was blowing 25. Maybe would have packed up the boat and left. Can you imagine not going out in 25 knots with a Moore, or most any other boat, except maybe a jester?

Anyway I'm truly glad we chose not to do it that year and with the rating rules I hear about now I thankfully won't have the choice again.

What about putting together a regatta where everyone has to rate 121 or higher? Could have a lot of fun with that!

12-30-2011, 01:45 PM
What year? Had to be recent, I have raced there in 30+ many times. They had a year where lots of rigs came down, in '07 I think, and then in '08 we actually got sent in when it was blowing about 32-33 kts. Which since we were out there, seemed kinda ridiculous. We decided to go practice, the guys who have the red Farr 36 in SF/Tahoe came out and watched us in a RIB. Anyways, up until a few years ago, I never saw them call a race for too much breeze.

PD Staff
01-17-2012, 09:31 AM
Conchin' Good Time


"One of biggest complaints from European and US teams at Key West in previous years was the early start times which had sailors headed to their boats in pre-dawn darkness and pushing off the dock just after sunset to prepare for a day of racing. Throw in a late night on Duval Street, and by weeks end many of the teams had the look of a tourist from Alabama trying to figure out a jet-ski instead of a top notch racing program. The organizing authority relented this year, pushed the start time back to 11:30 which left plenty of time for an egg sandwich, mingling with friends on the dock and checking out the massive tarpon that lurk under the boats. It even allowed me enough time to grab a spare life jacket from my boy Guy Mossman on Battle Rhythm, and in his typical unselfish fashion, gave me the large off his back knowing my man boobs would not squeeze into the only spare which was a small. Whether it is rubbing elbows at a random bar, riding handle bars on a rented bike to the next fun location, or piecing things together to make it to the race course, it is good to have friends in KW."


"Just as we saw in the practice days, the breeze settled in at the 15-22 range providing some fun conditions and with former Moth World Champ and Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Bora Gulari (good video) on the helm, our goal was to sail clean, avoid any majors and secure a top 3 finish. Despite being from Detroit and having to overcome that most of his life, Bora guided us two clean starts and we were able to make it around the track without any problems to secure a 1, 1 for the first day. It wasn’t easy as we had to battle with Blu Moon and WTF in both races, and there are definitely some areas where we need to improve like our approaches to the leeward marks and changing our mode a bit quicker upwind with the changing pressure."

all photos ©2012 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association

"After a hard day of racing, we made our way back to our at condo at the Galleon which is about a 30 second walk to our boat. With 5 sailors packed in a small place things can get a bit messy at times, and when the owner of New England Ropes which is a major sponsor of Bora’s program dropped in for a post race visit, we were caught a bit off guard and handed him a half-full jar of cheese dip, chip crumbs and a half filled beer and welcomed him to our impromptu sponsor party. I think he was thankful only the on-the water photos are in his catalog.

Prior to leaving our condo this morning, we did a bit of wagering on the Melges 32 fleet as we have a front row seat for watching a world class fleet duke it out. Samba cleaned up the day which put our tactician Jeremy Wilmot and bow girl Kelly Stannard tied for the top spots, and after putting all my chips in with a team that shall remain nameless who did not live up to my expecations, I am firmly in last place. Clearly I need to do more to motivate my team."


PD Staff
01-17-2012, 10:13 AM
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Key West, Fla — Quantum Key West 2012 got off to a roaring start as strong breeze and sunny skies greeted the fleet of 112 boats in 12 classes. Northeast winds that started off at 15 knots and built to 20-plus challenged crews on the opening day of the 25th anniversary regatta, organized by Premiere Racing.

“It was a classic Key West day — beautiful weather with breeze on,” said John Kilroy, skipper of the Melges 32 Samba Pa Ti. “These are the type of sailing conditions we all come down here for. We’d love to have a few more days like this.”

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That’s because Kilroy and the Samba Pa Ti team performed extremely well in the heavy air, winning both races in the talent-laden 19-boat fleet. The California entry got a great start and led wire-to-wire in Race 1 then won a great battle with Hedgehog and Pisces in Race 2.

“We seem to have real good speed and our crew is sailing the boat well,” said Kilroy,
who has Italian Lorenzo Bressani aboard as tactician. “The second race was a real fight and we had a kite wrap that cost us some boats, but we were able to use our speed to come back.”


Samba Pa Ti was among eight boats that posted a pair of bullets on Monday.
Quantum Racing began the regatta in impressive fashion by topping the eight-boat IRC class, comprised entirely of state-of-the-art 52-foot racing machines. Skipper Doug DeVos did a superb job of driving the Botin Partners design while veteran professional Terry Hutchinson called tactics.

“You can’t win the regatta on the first day, but you can certainly lose it. We’re happy to have put up some good results to start off,” Hutchinson said. “We have a great group of guys sailing the boat and they were spot-on today. We sailed really well in both races.”

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Quantum beat Vesper in Race 1 and PowerPlay in Race 2. Vesper, which won the 2009
Audi Med Cup while owned by Quantum Racing, has been optimized to the IRC rule by owner Jim Swartz and tactician Gavin Brady and showed great downwind speed. However,

Vesper was unable to hoist a genoa in Race 2 and finished sixth.
“We’ve got a huge advantage on Quantum downwind so hopefully we can maximize that moving forward,” said Brady, adding that shore crew had already fixed the headsail issue.Breakages were common in the 52-foot class as Interlodge did not start the second race while Highland Fling did not finish it.

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Ran, a Judel-Vrolijk 72 owned by Niklas Zenstrom of England, set the pace in the Mini Maxi class. British tactician Adrian Stead said this is the team’s fourth season sailing the boat and the crew work was flawless.

“All of our maneuvers were very good. The lads really did a tremendous job,” Stead said. “I thought we got the most out of the boat both upwind and downwind. We’re just very pleased with our performance overall. You can’t ask for more than two wins.”
Members of the Ran shore crew who were on the water in a support boat were the true heroes of the day as there was a scary incident during Race 2. Keith Glynn, bowman aboard the Farr 40 Barking Mad, was thrown overboard when the boat got rocking in lumpy seas. Glynn knocked his head on a stanchion on the way over the side and was woozy in the water.

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Troy Kennedy was piloting the Ran support boat and was in the vicinity near the downwind mark when word came over the radio about a man overboard. Teammate Barney Depledge spotted Glynn in the water just in time as the Irishman had been struggling and started going under. Depledge did not hesitate and dove into rescue the young man, who was taken to a medical center in Key West for observation.
“(Glynn) was exhausted and had swallowed a lot of water. If Barney hadn’t jumped in he may not have made it,” Kennedy said. “It was a pretty close call, but (Glynn) recovered on the way back to port and was in pretty good spirits.”

Netherlands skipper Willem Wester has Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking aboard his Grand Soleil 46 as tactician and the two combined to sail Antilope to victory in both races. Meanwhile, British skipper Joe Woods and the Red team got the gun twice to take the early lead in Farr 400 class, which is making its debut at Quantum Key West 2012.

Other double winners on opening day were Groovederci (Deneen Demourkas, Santa Barbara, Cal.) in Farr 30 and West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes (Bora Gulari, Detroit, Mich.) in Melges 24 and the J/122 Teamwork (Robin Team, Lexington, N.C.) in the J Boats subclass.

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Another Groovederci, a Farr 40 sailed by John Demourkas, was named Nautica Watches Boat of the Day. Groovederci overcame some problems to finish fourth in Race 1 then got the gun in Race 2 and leads by virtue of tiebreaker over the German entry Struntje Light (Wolfgang Schaefer). Linda Calvert presented the Boat of the Day trophy on behalf of Nautica Watches, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary as an Industry Partner for Key West Race Week.

“We had issues in the first race. I did a double tack and then we fouled the Turkish boat and had to do a 720.We were way, way back, but I had the best downwind run of my life and we rebounded to finish fourth, which really saved the day,” said Demourkas, who has Cameron Appleton aboard as tactician.
“Fortunately, I got over the jitters and sailed much better in the second race.”
Forecasts call for strong winds again on Tuesday and organizers are hoping to complete three races, which would get the five-day regatta halfway to the stated goal of 10 races.

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Full Results (http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=547)

PD Staff
01-17-2012, 10:26 AM

Quantum Key West 2012 Day 1 brought to you by t2p.tv

PD Staff
01-17-2012, 10:26 AM

Quantum Key West 2012 Day 1 brought to you by t2p.tv

PD Staff
01-18-2012, 09:37 AM

January 17, 2012

Nervous about a bleak forecast the remainder of the week, the RC on the Melges 24 and 32 circle moved up our leisurely start time and packed in 3 races on day 2 in a 8-12 kt SE breeze with lumpy, confused seas. After being more disorganized getting off the dock than what is preferred, we managed to pull our act together and take a bullet in the first race of the day, and narrowly avoided a motivational speech I had teed-up had we taken a bad result. Having instituted a fine for anyone who was late for dock-off, the offending parties will have a hefty tab to pay at the end of the week, and had I given my speech, it would have involved something like being late and disorganized is not a good way to start a day. Racing is hard enough as it is.

Our biggest strength to this point has been getting off the line punched with the boats around us and letting our speed go to work. There was a little adverse current in all 3 starts today, and it seemed the fleet was having a hard time getting to the line. We did a nice job of getting moving early, using a high build when needed and making a nice timed run for the line when it was time to race. From there, most of the races have been on repeat as it has been a race to the left corner, tack near lay and round in the top group. The last race of the day was a great battle with the team on WTF, and after fighting off a mild bout of paranoia and battling through a few tense moments, we crossed line for our 5th straight bullet of the event.

f the forecast holds for tomorrow, it will allow for sailors at Key West to do some tourist activities instead of hitting the race course as the wind is not expected to get above 4-5 kts all day. One fun part of the week has been to see the Melges 32 team Celeritas sailing well, and taking their first bullet of the Melges 32 careers on Day 2. After spending a few days of training with owner Malcolm Geftner and team on boathandling and heavy air sailing, it is great feeling to see their hard work pay off! Keep it up! Stay tuned.

Sam Rogers

42 Marine (http://42marine.com/picket-fence/)

Full Results (http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=547)

PD Staff
01-18-2012, 09:45 AM
— Leads Lost and Gained under Steady Wind

Key West. Fla — With three races conducted in strong winds, there was opportunity for boats to make a significant move in the standings on the second day of Quantum Key West 2012. Or in some cases it was a chance to further increase leads taken on Day 1.

Pisces fit into the former category, moving into the overall lead in Melges 32 class by winning two of three races on Tuesday. Skipper Benjamin Schwartz and company showed superb boat speed and made some sound tactical decisions and now lead the 19-boat fleet by tiebreaker over John Kilroy and the Samba Pa Ti team.

“We are a new program so it is a tremendous feeling to be doing well in a big-time regatta like Key West. Hopefully, we can keep it going,” said Schwartz, who joined the class last summer and promptly placed fourth at U.S. Nationals.

Schwartz has America’s Cup veteran Ed Baird calling tactics and Quantum professional Scott Nixon trimming the jib and spinnaker. “You have to give Ed and Scott a lot of credit for getting our boat up to speed,” he said. “I’m fortunate to have a great crew.

Today was very challenging because the wind velocity was up and down and the sea state was not very forgiving, but the guys never stopped working and we were able to change gears pretty well.”

Race committees on all three courses completed three races in 8-14 knot easterly winds. With five races in the bag, organizers with Premiere Racing are already halfway to the stated goal of holding 10 races during the five-day regatta.

There was a lead change in the Farr 40 class as well with Charisma (Nico Poons, Monaco) and Struntje Light (Wolfgang Schaefer, Germany) overtaking Groovederci (John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, Cal.). Struntje Light has posted a pair of seconds and finished no lower than fourth in the seven-boat fleet, but Charisma holds the overall lead via tiebreaker by virtue of winning Race 5.

“We had a very good day on the water and are happy with where we stand at the moment,” Schaefer said. “We have nice boat speed upwind and our crew work has been excellent. We have a very good tactician and he’s made some fantastic calls that have kept me in phase.”

Renowned Italian professional and America’s Cup veteran Vasco Vascotta is calling tactics aboard Struntje Light, which has competed in Farr 40 class at Key West ever since 2002 with a top finish of third. “Wolfgang is doing a good job of driving and is getting better every day. The guys onboard have a great attitude and are ready to fight to the end. The good news is that we can still improve our performance.”

PowerPlay lived up to its name by making a strong move in IRC 2 class with a strong line of 1-3-4 on Tuesday. Owner Peter Cunningham, a resident of Georgetown in the Cayman Islands, has a nice mix of amateur and professional crew with tactician Tony Rey, trimmer Dave Scott and bowman Geordie Shaver among the superstars aboard.
“We’ve only had the boat for six months and we’ve made a lot of modifications during that time,” Cunningham said. “We’re pretty happy with our performance so far. We’re sailing fairly well and having a lot of fun.”

Quantum Racing, skippered by Doug DeVos, continues to set the pace in the 52-foot class and leads PowerPlay by six points. Terry Hutchinson, helmsman for the Swedish syndicate Artemis Racing that is Challenge of Record for the America’s Cup, has made strong tactical calls in leading Quantum to victory in three races and second in the two others.

“Today was far from straightforward. The wind was very shifty and there are some tricky current patches to deal with,” Hutchinson said.

In other classes, the three-race day merely served as an opportunity for the early leaders to extend on the competition. Ran, a Judel-Vrolijk 72-footer, continues to sail impressively in the Mini Maxi class (IRC 1), winning all five races so far. Red, skippered by Joe Woods of Great Britain with Paul Goodison aboard as tactician, has accomplished the same feat in the inaugural Farr 400 class.

“I guess we’ve just figured the boat out a little faster than the other teams,” said Woods, who has previously sailed a Melges 32 at Key West. “We’re winning, but not by much. The racing has been awfully close.”
West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes has posted straight bullets in Melges 24 class and built a commanding 10-point lead over Alan Field and the WTF team. Detroit resident Bora Gulari is steering and getting tactical advice from Australian native and

North Sails pro Jeremy Wilmot as West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes seeks to follow up on its 2011 national championship.
Groovederci, skippered by Deneen Demourkas of Santa Barbara, Cal., has won all five races in Farr 30 class. Teamwork, a J/122 owned by Robin Team of Lexington, N.C., has posted two bullets and a pair of seconds in grabbing a narrow one-point lead over the 1D35 Tres Hombres in PHRF 1.

“We’re having a great time because the conditions have been terrific and the competition has been spectacular,” said Team, who has his brother and two sons in the crew. “We’ve been mixing it up with Tres Hombres and finished overlapped with them in the first two races today. Rush is also tough so I think it will be a dogfight the whole way.”

Rush, a J/109 skippered by Bill Sweetser of Annapolis, was named Lewmar / Navtec Boat of the Day after posting a superb score line of 3-2-1. Tom Babel is calling tactics while Quantum pro Tad Hutchins is calling tactics on Rush, which is currently third in PHRF 1 and second in the J/Boats Subclass.

“The conditions were very good for us today. When the wind is 14 knots or less we can fly our big jib, which is kind of like our secret weapon,” Sweetser said. “We pay for that jib in our rating so it’s good whenever we can use it.”

It’s been close but no cigar for Rush at Key West as Sweetser’s boat has finished first or second in class several times, but never come away as overall winner at week’s end. “One of these years we’re going to finally break through and it’s going to be wonderful,” he said.



PD Staff
01-19-2012, 10:24 AM


Days off give film crews a little extra editing time!

01-19-2012, 03:24 PM
Damn Doghouse, you been holding out on us!

Cleveland Steamer
01-20-2012, 10:23 AM
eeeewww that's naasstty, she should know better than red nails with a blue outfit!

PD Staff
01-20-2012, 11:10 AM
Ashley Love from t2p.tv brings you the news
from Day four of this grand event. The wind
gods turned the breeze back on and three more
races were had.

01-21-2012, 02:22 PM
Damn Doghouse, you been holding out on us!

lolz. Looks like South Florida alright!

PD Staff
01-23-2012, 10:02 AM
January 22, 2012

The final finishing gun has sounded, the Green Parrot has run out of rum, and the roosters of Duval Street have given a final cocka-doodle-doo to mark the end of the 25th anniversary of Key West Race Week. What inadvertently turned out to be one of the greatest editions thus far with perfect sailing conditions and a lay day due to lack of wind in the middle of the week, this event never fails to disappoint and the only shame is that more US sailors were not here to partake; it’s the best event our country has to offer and for reasons that cannot be pinpointed, the weekend warriors that are the lifeblood of US Sailing are watching from afar.

"The Discount Double Check"

The top-end programs are still attending, and KWRW is important for pro-sailors as it serves as a huge networking opportunity with owners and team managers actively setting schedules and ramping up for the year of racing, but the legions of PHRF and one-design sailors from the great white north that can typically be seen listening to Jimmy Buffet and lounging on their boats for hours after racing have become rare. KWRW built up a reputation of being on a bucket list for many sailors around the globe, and fingers crossed, whatever chased away the common sailor will have passed by next year’s edition.

In early December, it looked liked I would be watching from the sidelines as the Volpe Melges 32 team was not planning to attend and most other teams I talked with were using this event to try out new team members to start priming for the Worlds coming up in September. Getting nervous that my string of 5 KWRW’s in a row was coming to an end, I lobbed a facebook IM of “what are you doing for KW?” to Bora, and plans were quickly in place to get a team together on his 24, assuming he could dig it out of a frozen shed in Michigan.

I had not sailed with Bora up to this point, but duking it out with him in years past, I knew I would be learning a lot throughout the week and we would have a shot to win. With Bora’s “do whatever it takes” attitude to get on the starting line, I also knew that I would be taking a trip back to the grassroots, get-on-the-water and get-racing-at-all-costs type of mentality that seems to have been lost in recent years. I didn’t think I would miss the college sailing days of cramped sleeping quarters, lurking around other teams houses’ like tarpon under a dock in search of dinner, or giving an audible “sweet!” when discovering a day old slice of pizza on a cluttered kitchen counter before anyone else, but it just shows that if you have a fun team at a great venue, not much else matters…now if I can just find those 1,000 thread count bed sheets, my slippers and mint scented bubble-bath when I get home.

The reward for our tight living quarters was a highly competitive team and sailing conditions that any sailor dreams of. After hiccup in our results on Day 3 with a 6th place, we were able to return to our winning ways and take a few more bullets, and only needing to grab a 4th or better on Friday, we nabbed a 2nd and got the job done with a race spare. The 24 fleet was a fraction of the size from years past, but with a few top teams in attendance, the racing was still as good as ever and hopefully the 24s will flock back to this event in coming years. For anyone pondering…it is worth it.

Like a Packer fan at an all-u-can eat buffet, we were welcomed to Key West with open arms and after partaking in the bounty at hand, we all parted ways exhausted, smiling, thankful for the memories, and very excited to get home. Once the 24 was all put to bed on the trailer, we made way to the Halfshell Raw Bar for a few frosty pitchers and ensuing Gentleman’s chugs, and from the naming of Biscuit, to the discount double-checks, Troll’s unruly sanitary behavior, Andrew’s snoring and Bora’s weak coffee, new inside jokes will be shared the next time our paths cross, and if real friends were counted like they are on facebook, each of our tallies went up by a few.

Sam Rogers
42 Marine