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    Kwrw

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    Mogul Masher Kris O's Avatar
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    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.

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    My boats not fast enough to enter.
    A little disorganization goes a long way toward fun sailing.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ballard Sailor View Post
    My boats not fast enough to enter.
    lol. You should charter Rambler. The one with the keel still on....

    Quote Originally Posted by war dog View Post
    We talked about it but the team voted to do Antigua instead
    Not a bad call either. Anywhere there is warm blue water.
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    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!
    A little disorganization goes a long way toward fun sailing.

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    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.
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    Key West Race Week Day 1 Reports

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    "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."



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    "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."


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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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