Key West Race Week 2010, Issue 6

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KEY

WEST

2010

presented

by

Nautica

Volume

XXIII,

Number

6

S a t u r d a y,

January

23,

2010

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Orangutan finished 12th out of 14 boats in J/105 class, but concluded Key West 2010 on a positive note by placing second in the 10th and final race. This photo shows Orangutan, skippered by Bernard Girod of Santa Barbara, CA, leading eventual class winner Savasana and a pack of other J/105s at the start on Friday.

Sensational! By Bill Wagner and Rebecca Burg ike Williamson sported a very satisfied look as he sat in the cockpit of his Summit 40 sipping a Heineken and reflected on capturing IRC 2 class at Key West 2010, presented by Nautica. “It feels very, very good to win this regatta. Key West is well known around the world so certainly it’s a great accomplishment,” Williamson said. Winners of the other 10 classes at Key West 2010 had similar feelings. There were hearty handshakes and slaps on the back among the Joe Fly crew upon return to the dock on Friday after the Italian team topped the Farr 40 class. Skipper Giovanni Maspero and tactician Francesco Bruni have brought the Joe Fly program to

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North America’s largest winter regatta for many years without winning in either the Melges 24 or Farr 40 classes and thus were overjoyed. “We are very happy to finally win in Key West. We have always been second and third so it feels good to be the champion,” Bruni said. Joe Fly put forth a tremendously consistent effort by finishing fourth or better in 8 of 10 races to total 35 points, six better than runner-up Barking Mad (Jim Richardson, Newport, RI). “We are quite pleased with our performance. We were by far the fastest boat in the fleet in all conditions. We had a little luck with catching shifts, but our success was due mostly it was our boat speed and crew work.”

IN THE NEWS:

Over at Truman Annex, the UKA UKA Racing crew was in tremendous spirits as they dropped the mast of their Melges 24 after winning Key West for the second straight year. Helmsman Lorenzo Bressani spoke excitedly about how close the competition was with Blu Moon, the Swiss entry that finished just three points behind the Italian team. Blu Moon helmsman Flavio Favini needed to win the last race and have UKA UKA Racing take third or worse in order to snag the overall victory. At one point in the last race, Favini had put Alan Field’s WTF between Blu Moon and UKA UKA Racing. However, the Italian team rallied on the last leg to win the last Continued on next page.

I N D U S T R Y PA R T N E R S : M A K I N G A D I F F E R E N C E

Boat of the Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Boat of the Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Preliminary Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5–8

PHRF Boat of the Week . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Buddy Melges Pays a Visit . . . . . . . . . .9

Sailing in Key West on a Budget . . . .16

Nautica Watches Trophy . . . . . . . . . . .12

Classification Code Redux. . . . . . . . . .17

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race along with the regatta. “It was unbelievable racing, very close and tense. It was a tough day because Favini match raced with us. There was a moment when he was winning the regatta, but we were able to maintain our concentration and pull it out,” said Bressani, who praised the work of tactician Jonathan McKee. Blu Moon, which had Tiziano Nava aboard as tactician, was runner-up for the second straight year despite winning four races and placing second or third in four others within the 21-boat fleet. “We tried very hard and almost made it, but UKA UKA sailed well all week and deserved to win,” Favini said. “They had a little better speed than us upwind and it seemed like every time they made a choice about which side of the course to take it was correct call.” John Kilroy and the Samba Pa Ti team completed an impressive run in the Melges 32 class, largest of the regatta with 22 boats. Stu Bannatyne called tactics while Morgan Reeser and Sam Rogers served as trimmers aboard Samba, which took the lead on Tuesday and never relinquished it – ultimately winning three races en route to an 18-point margin of victory over Red (Joe Woods, Great Britain). “It’s all about the team, which for me starts with Fuzz Foster of North Hawaii and the help he gives us with the sail program,” Kilroy said. “The racing team did a tremendous job all week. We were very fast and very consistent in all conditions.” Kilroy has enjoyed success in the Farr 40 and TP52 classes before moving into the Melges 32 and coming away with a major title in only his fifth event. There was an added bonus for the Malibu, CA resident as Samba Pa Ti was named Boat of the Week. “That is a tremendous honor and a tribute to the class. This fleet is very competitive with a lot of outstanding teams and a lot of great sailors,” Kilroy said. “You really have to work hard to win in the Melges 32 class.” Williamson steered White Heat to victory in four of 10 races en route to a final score of 27 points, nine better than IRC 2 runner-up Cool Breeze. The Summit 40 took the lead away from early pacesetter Pugwash (David Murphy, J/122) on Wednesday then held off a late charge by Cool Breeze (John Cooper, Mills 43). Simon Shaw called tactics while Will Howden (jib, spinnaker) and Tim Dawson (main) trimmed for Williamson, who splits his time between London and New Castle, New Hampshire. “It was a great team effort all around,” said Williamson, whose previous best finish at Key West was a third in a PHRF class. “It was a great regatta, excellent competition and very tough sailing.” Bella Mente, a Reichel-Pugh 69-footer owned by Hap Fauth of Newport, RI, completed a wire-to-wire victory in IRC 1 class. Kelvin Harrup and Eric Doyle teamed to call tactics on Bella Mente, which won eight of 10 races. Fauth was pleased to take the bullet in Race 10 after finishing last in Race 9 after hooking the anchor rope of the committee boat. Interlodge, owned by Austin Fragomen of New York, captured the TP52 sub-class. Massachusetts-based Bill Lynn called tactics for Fragomen, who was competing in just his second regatta aboard the Judel-Vrolijk design. “We are very pleased to be the top TP52. It was a very tough class and all the boats were sailed extremely well,” Fragomen said. “We learned a lot about our boat this week. It was a nice long regatta with a good mix of conditions.” Division 2 PRO David Brennan and his crew work together seamlessly to stay on top of the shifting breeze, altering course and maintaining fair competition for the fleet. “It’s a balance between the length of the course and the number of people,” Brennan said, explaining the how’s and why’s. During the clocking breeze early in the week, his team was poised and changed the course a number of times. “I’m really blessed with a good team,” Brennan said. He works with the same people for numerous, high profile racing events throughout the year so their communication is accurate and brief. “We really know each other and it’s really nice to know what to expect from your team.” Brennan also credits Dick Neville, who shares the responsibility out on the water. “We’re equal partners,” Brennan said.

J/80 The J/80s have enjoyed a great Mid-Winter Championship in Key West with class Continued on page 3.

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Race Week News January 23, 2010 Volume XXIII, Number 6 A Premiere Racing & Key West Citizen Publication Paul A. Clarin Sharon Benton Thomas Spencer Rebecca Burg Caroline Burns Harrison Hughes Bill Wagner Art Director: Jim Herrmann graphicLanguageOnline Pagination: Kerry Karshna Alan Townsend Composing Manager: Mike Blouin Production Director: Randy G. Erickson Production and Printing: Cooke Communications Advertising: Mike Trovato Publisher: Executive Editor: Associate Editor: Writers:

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leaders trading places during the week. Going into Race 9, the team on Le Tigre enjoyed a slight-comfort zone of six points over Little Feat who posted a 1-1 on Thursday. Sitting in third place only one point behind Little Feat was Rascal. Le Tigre, co-owned by Glenn Darden and Reese Hilliard of Forth Worth, TX, Darden has competed in eight Key West race weeks, but has never taken a top win. Until now. An experienced racing sailor, he is a past J/105 North American Champion and has won the J/80 Worlds. This week, the team placed third or better in seven of 10 starts in capturing the J/80 MidWinter Championship, which was contested as part of Key West 2010. Little Feat, skippered by Jeff Johnstone of J/Boats, won both races on Friday to get within one point of Le Tigre. “We had a great battle with Jeff and were just able to hold on,” said Darden, who had Ullman pro Max Skelley aboard as tactician. Wrapping up Friday’s racing, Will Welles’ team on Rascal maintained third overall with a respectable 5-2 day, and Kerry Klingler’s Lifted took a third-place finish in Race 9, tying in points with Al Minella’s Connecticut based entry, Relentless for fourth overall. “The depth of the competition was much better than ever before,” said Jay Lutz, calling tactics on SWE 803. Magnus Tyreman’s entry (Sweden) placed sixth in fleet, not bad for the tough, 19-boat class battle. Blake Billman was on the bow and Cal Herman worked the middle. Winning race 2, and finishing in the top ten consistently,

Merlin, a Gulfstream 35 catamaran owned by Bob Harkrider of Sarasota, FL, shows great upwind form while sailing on Friday. Doug Fisher of Ullman Sails called tactics on Merlin absolutely dominated the Multihull handicap class by winning all 10 races.

the SWE 803 team followed the suspense of the final races between Le Tigre and Little Feat. “The lead boat almost lost it,” Herman said. One extra point and that would’ve been the case.

“We’ve all sailed other boats, but it’s everyone’s first race on a J/105,” Katie Hughes added. With a crew ranging in age from 23 to 33-years-old, the good-natured crew onboard Absolutely! are looking forward to returning to Key West again.

J/105 In Key West 2009, Savasana was champion of the class and Brian Keane’s highly competitive Texas based team has done it again in grand style. Two bullets on Friday kept them far above the fleet by a whopping 22 point margin. During Friday’s action, Ken Colburn’s team on Ghost (Southport, ME) sailed a 2-6 day and widened Thursday’s one-point gap over third-ranking competitor, Blackhawk. Ghost took second overall in fleet with Scooter Simmons’ Blackhawk (San Francisco, CA) clinching third overall. Colburn commented on the overall competition, “Savasana sailed a fabulous week. Here, you really had to bring your A-game, or you found yourself in trouble. You make any mistake in this competitive fleet and you will loose points.” The last boat to finish in the class was certainly not the least. Junius Grimes’ Charleston based entry, Absolutely! still had a great time and were enjoying themselves so much that they attracted the curious attention of other boats on the course. “We were just laughing so hard,” explained crewmember Katie Hughes. “People were staring at us, wondering why we were laughing so much despite coming in last.” Owner Junius Grimes’ daughter Anna, was also crewing. “It’s a really tight fleet and Savasana is really good,” Anna said. “For us, it was our tuning year.” Her boyfriend, known as ‘Brother’, was part of the team.

Division 3 Multihull Tom Reese’s Corsair 28R, Flight Simulator, finished the series mid-fleet, after seeing some strong competition amongst the multihulls. Bob Harkrider’s seemingly untouchable cat, Merlin, held a solid week of bullets leading the class by 18 points. Tim Britton’s Tobiko posted a 2-3 in the final two races to finish in second place overall. “The race committee seemed to start and finish at exactly the same time all week,” Flight Simulator trimmer, Jim Roman observed. Owner Tom Reese was busy getting his trailerable trimaran in road travel mode. “We had beautiful weather and it really cooperated this year,” Reese said. Ron Whitson is Flight Simulator’s 66-year old foredeck man. Trim and muscular, Whitson looked much younger and had the energy to boot. “I’m probably the oldest foredeck guy out there,” he said. He started his career as a drag racer and at 40, started racing sailboats. “With boats, you can race them hard and then take your family out on them,” Whitson observed. He owns a Corsair F27 and, originally from Michigan, currently lives in the middle Florida Keys. Flight Simulator frequently Continued on page 7.


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J/80 class contested its North American Championship as part of Key West 2010 and it proved to be a great battle between Le Tigre and Little Feat. Co-owners Glenn Darden and Reese Hillard sailed Le Tigre to victory by the narrowest of margins, beating Jeff Johnstone and Little Feat by just one point. “We had a terrific event with a big fleet and some great action. Five different boats won races during the week so that shows the talent level in the fleet,” said Johnstone, whose family owns and operates J/Boats. Johnstone closed the regatta strong and really pushed Le Tigre by winning both races on Friday. That standout performance earned Little Feat the Industry Partners Boat of the Day award. “It was an unbelievable regatta. Premiere Racing put on a great show. The quality of sailing, the caliber of competition and the first-class awards parties are what make this such a can't miss regatta,” Johnstone said. Johnstone praised the Le Tigre team for capturing the Mid-Winter Championship. “Glenn and his team sailed smart and they sailed clean. We gave it our best shot, but they deserved to win,” Johnstone said.

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Boat of the Day - Little Feat


Preliminary Race Results

KEY WEST 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

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DIVISION 1 Pl. Boat Name

Model

IRC1

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

R/P 69 Wally 82 TP52 TP52 JV 52 S.Cross 52 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Summit 40 Mills 43 J/122 Swan 42 Summit 40 J/122 J/44 Swan 42 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32

1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 4 4 3 3 4 3 2 4 2 2 2 4 2 2 5 5 3 6 5 6 1 4 4 6 5 3 6 5 5 5 3 3 6 5 4 2 6 6 6 4 3 4 4 5 2 3 1 2 5 8 5 7 5 2 3 10 2 3 1 10 1 1 11 1 8 7 10 1 3 14 4 8 10 6 6 2 10 7 6 3 11 11 3 3 4 10 2 5 6 1 11 11 9 4 9 6 1 2 9 6 8 9 10 9 12 5 8 8 11 5 5 13 4 13 7 4 6 8 7 11 7 12 2 9 12 6 8 12 13 10 12 12 7 11 12 7 9 9 13 13 13 12 13 1 2 5 4 1 4 5 1 6 3 7 6 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 2 7 7 3 5 5 5 6 8 4 2 4 6 4 4 3 5 6 1 8 7 7 8 4 1 5 6 6 3 8 7 2 3 8 8 1 4 3 6 8 7 2 5 7 8 - 14 1 4 1 11 1 3 6 9 6 - 19 6 5 10 1 5 - 18 8 12 9 4 4 4 2 2 13 13 3 14 3 2 1 - 20 2 7 11 3 15 10 10 1 9 - 15 10 7.4 2 15 8 12 5 1 8 10 7 16 - 19 3 3 11 4 - 18 9 8 17 5 12 6 2 12 14 14 3 11 16 8 7 1 5 17 18 16 7 2 - 17 17 17 6 4 8 19 3 5 15 13 5 7 4 15 9 15 - 21 19 9 11 15 14 5 14 8 - 20 13 12 7 10 11 - 18 9 11 18 9 6 - 21 14 16 16 6 12 13 - 21 17 10 13 2 16 11 16 17 4 18 - 20 7 8 19 15 19 18 16 12 6 12 - 20 20 19 11 - 21 21 19 21 7 14 13 20 17 19 - 22 18 21 21 22 22 22 22 20 22 22 - 23

F40

IRC2

M32

Bella Mente HighlandFlingXI Interlodge Decision Anema & Core Vela Veloce Joe Fly Barking Mad Nerone Plenty Goombay Smash Vincere Nanoq Struntje Light Enfant Terrible Flash Gordon Groovederci Charisma Spaceman Spiff White Heat Cool Breeze Pugwash Vitesse Hot Ticket Teamwork Gold Digger Better Than Samba Pa Ti Red Fantastika New Wave Leenabarca Star Calvi Network Ramrod Heartbreaker Yasha Samurai Shakedown Lake Effect Teasing Machine Team Barbarians Flat Stanley Argo Bronco Ninkasi Arethusa Dark N’Stormy Celeritas Vanpire 32

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Race Data Summary

5

6

7

8

10

Total

Pts.

#

Boat Name

RACE 1 Model

6 1 1 2 2 5 4 3 3 4 5 6 3 6 2 2 1 3 7 10 4 7 10 12 9 5 12 8 8 1 5 9 11 4 6 13 13 11 1 3 2 2 7 5 3 1 4 6 6 4 8 8 5 7 5 4 1 11 4 10 14 - 21 3 5 7 9 9 2 2 18 - 15 7 - 20 1 16 8 18 - 20 6 6 17 3 12 15 8 12 11 16 13 13 19 14 10 19 21 17 22 22

17 28 30 41 45 49 35 41 43 65 66 69 70 71 72 76 82 108 113 27 36 40 44 48 50 57 58 36 54 57 65 66 68.4 70 75 75 84 93 93 94 101 102 103 112 114 136 141 167 196

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

888 5206 38008 61300 84248 45 09 12 06 02 13 03 14 10 07 05 08 04 11 52915 60432 4240 52956 18 52939 60003 49 38 34 27 37 42 31 32 22 39 25 29 21 41 23 30 28 43 26 36 33 35 24

HighlandFlingXI Interlodge Anema & Core Decision Vela Veloce Bella Mente Nerone Barking Mad Joe Fly Goombay Smash Flash Gordon Charisma Plenty Enfant Terrible Nanoq Vincere Groovederci Struntje Light Spaceman Spiff White Heat Cool Breeze Vitesse Hot Ticket Better Than Teamwork Pugwash Gold Digger Red Ramrod Leenabarca Fantastika Samba Pa Ti Teasing Machine Star Argo Calvi Network Dark N’Stormy Bronco Flat Stanley Ninkasi New Wave Heartbreaker Shakedown Team Barbarians Lake Effect Arethusa Yasha Samurai Celeritas Vanpire 32

Wally 82 TP52 JV 52 TP52 S.Cross 52 R/P 69 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Farr 40 Summit 40 Mills 43 Swan 42 Summit 40 Swan 42 J/122 J/122 J/44 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32 Melges 32

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Hdcp Finish Time Corrected

Pts.

RACE 2 Boat Name

1.639 1.367 1.365 1.365 1.365 1.538

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

Bella Mente HighlandFlingXI Decision Anema & Core Interlodge Vela Veloce Enfant Terrible Barking Mad Nerone Groovederci Nanoq Joe Fly Goombay Smash Struntje Light Flash Gordon Plenty Spaceman Spiff Vincere Charisma Vitesse Cool Breeze White Heat Teamwork Pugwash Hot Ticket Better Than Gold Digger Yasha Samurai Calvi Network Team Barbarians Samba Pa Ti Leenabarca Teasing Machine Heartbreaker Shakedown Star Fantastika Red Argo Ninkasi Arethusa Flat Stanley Bronco Celeritas Ramrod Dark N’Stormy Lake Effect New Wave Vanpire 32

1.122 1.182 1.175 1.118 1.180 1.094 1.093 1.098

11:30:54 11:44:22 11:45:20 11:45:59 11:47:38 11:40:58 12:06:19 12:07:45 12:08:24 12:09:01 12:09:03 12:09:11 12:09:24 12:09:25 12:09:26 12:09:30 12:09:32 12:09:39 12:10:29 12:16:42 12:13:19 12:14:05 12:18:39 12:15:06 12:21:09 12:21:40 12:22:55 12:24:15 12:24:55 12:25:13 12:25:38 12:26:02 12:26:23 12:26:26 12:26:32 12:26:54 12:27:01 12:27:04 12:27:11 12:27:28 12:27:33 12:27:34 12:27:39 12:27:42 12:27:55 12:27:56 12:28:09 12:29:04 12:31:22

1:31:37 1:34:49 1:36:00 1:36:54 1:39:09 1:41:27

1:22:41 1:23:07 1:23:31 1:24:35 1:25:05 1:25:30 1:25:59 1:27:45

January 22, 2010

Division 1

Race #1

CLASS

COURSE

LENGTH

START

COURSE

Race #2 LENGTH

START

Race #3

IIRC 1

4

7.35

1035

4

7.35

1202

Farr 40

4

6.2

1058

4

5.18

1242

IRC 2

4

6.2

1103

4

5.18

1247

Melges 32

4

6.2

1111

4

5.18

1255

Division 2

Race #1

CLASS

COURSE

LENGTH

START

COURSE

LENGTH

START

Melges 24

4

4.6

1035

4

4.6

1209

J/105

4

4.6

1040

4

4.6

1214

J/80

4

4.6

1045

4

3.8

1225

Division 3

Race #1

CLASS

COURSE

LENGTH

START

COURSE

LENGTH

START

Multi

4

5.26

1035

4

5.98

1210

PH-1

4

5.02

1040

4

5.84

1215

PH-2

4

5.02

1045

4

5.84

1220

PH-3

4

3.82

1050

4

4.18

1225

Race #2

COURSE

LENGTH

START

LENGTH

START

LENGTH

START

Race #3

Race #2

COURSE

Race #3 COURSE

Corrected 1:33:41 1:35:25 1:39:37 1:40:06 1:41:40 1:43:10

1:25:56 1:26:42 1:27:04 1:29:00 1:30:14 1:32:10 1:32:34 1:33:52

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Class

SERIES TOTALS 1 2 3


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Preliminary Race Results

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DIVISION 2 SERIES TOTALS 1 2 3

Class

Pl.

Boat Name

Entrant

M24

1

UKAUKA Racing

Lorenzo Santini

2

1

2

Blu Moon

Franco Rossini

1

3

WTF

Alan Field

3

J105

J80

Pts.

#

RACE 1 Boat Name

15

1

64

2

18

2

3

25

3

5

51

4

57

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

2

-5

1

3

2

1

2

1

4

-9

2

3

1

1

3

1

2

1

4

2

4

3

-8

3

8

9

5

2

4

4 - 18

4

7

5

8 - 13

RACE 2 Boat Name

Pts.

#

Blu Moon

1

66

UKAUKA Racing

66

UKAUKA Racing

2

64

Blu Moon

55

WTF

3

55

WTF

4

50

Baghdad

4

59

GUL Code Zero

5

59

GUL Code Zero

5

50

Baghdad

4

Baghdad

Kristian Nergaard

7

3

5

GUL Code Zero

Miles Quinton

8

12

10

6

Hoodlum Racing

Paul Hulsey

9

7

4

7

8

11

6

8

61

6

61

Hoodlum Racing

6

62

Monsoon

7

Monsoon

Bruce Ayres

4 - 13

3

11

6

6

6

12

10

6

64

7

56

Convexity

7

57

Kleine Rainbow

8

Zig Zag 18

Henri Samuel

- 12

11

5

7

7

5

12

9

12

10

78

8

57

Kleine Rainbow

8

61

Hoodlum Racing

9

Kleine Rainbow

Bent Dietrich

10

5

11

16

5 - 17

10

10

8

7

82

9

60

Tramp

9

54

Regatta.nu

10

Convexity

Donald Wilson

14

10

6

6

11

8

9 - 16

7

16

87

10

62

Monsoon

10

58

Zig Zag 18

11

Lounge Act

Loren Colahan

5

15

12

14

10

15

7

6 - 19

14

98

11

65

Battle Rhythm

11

53

Entourage

12

Regatta.nu

Arne Larssen

6

8

19

19 - 20

16

13

9

109

12

58

Zig Zag 18

12

49

Mustgo

13

Team Windhover

Elizabeth Harned

15

6

16

14

Battle Rhythm

Guy Mossman

11 - 14

14

12

15

Tramp

Thomas Ritter

- 19

9

13

16

Entourage

Vlad. Kulinichenko

18

17

7

17

Mustgo

David Happ

13 - 20

18

18

USA 625

Marty Jensen

20 - 21

19

Zetiana

Alexis Michas

17

20

Knot 2 Scale

Bret Newcomb

16

19

20 - 21

18

21

Vapour Trail

Greg McCliment

21

16

15

14

1

Savasana

Brian Keane

2

1

4

2

1

4

2

2

Ghost

Kenneth Colburn

6

4

2

3

6

5

4

3

Blackhawk

Scooter Simmons

3

5

9

7

4

3

1

4

Eclipse

Damian Emery

7

6

10

1

2

6

3

1

9

5

Solaris

Bill Zartler

8

7

1

8

5

8

5

5

5

6

Lucky Dog

Travis Weisleder

1

10

11

9

7

1

6

6

11

7

Max Power

Gerrit Schulze

5

8

7

4

3

7

8

10

7

3

1 - 13

4

15

13

15

5

17

15

110

13

53

Entourage

13

65

Battle Rhythm

12

12

11

14

11

13

110

14

49

Mustgo

14

52

Lounge Act

18

9

11

14

18

9

17

118

15

54

Regatta.nu

15

67

Team Windhover

10

19

10

16 - 20

13

11

121

16

68

USA 625

16

56

Convexity

17

16

19

17

13

14

12

139

17

67

Team Windhover

17

60

Tramp

17

9

21

2

20

17

16

20

142

18

51

Knot 2 Scale

18

48

Vapour Trail

18 - 22

15

15

20

18

19

20

19

161

19

52

Lounge Act

19

63

Zetiana

14

21

15

18

21

162

20

63

Zetiana

20

68

USA 625

21

19 - 22

21

18

165

21

48

Vapour Trail

21

51

Knot 2 Scale

2

1

1

20

1

09

Savasana

1

09

Savasana

4

2

6

42

2

10

Ghost

2

11

Orangutan

3

8

3

46

3

15

Tenacious

3

01

Blackhawk

9

54

4

07

Creatv Destruct

4

06

Lucky Dog

7

59

5

04

Solaris

5

15

Tenacious

4

66

6

13

Vixen

6

10

Ghost

12

71

7

03

Max Power

7

04

Solaris

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20

8

Creatv Destruct

James Williams

9

9

3

10

9

2

7

11

4

11

75

8

01

Blackhawk

8

14

Big Booty

9

Tenacious

Edward Palm

10

3

12

5

8

10

12

12

3

5

80

9

02

Eclipse

9

02

Eclipse

10

Big Booty

Patrick Eudy

4

2

5

6

12

11

11

14

10

8

83

10

14

Big Booty

10

13

Vixen

11

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Christopher Beane

13

12

8

12

10

13

9

8

6

10

101

11

06

Lucky Dog

11

07

Creatv Destruct

12

Orangutan

Bernard Girod

14

11

13

11

14

12

10

7

12

2

106

12

11

Orangutan

12

03

Max Power

13

Radiance

Bill Lakenmacher

11

14

6

13

11

9

13

9

13

13

112

13

12

Radiance

13

12

Radiance

14

Absolutely

Junius Grimes

12

13

14

15

13

14

14

13

14

14

136

14

05

Absolutely

14

05

Absolutely

1

Le Tigre

G Darden/R Hillard

2

10

2

2

6

3

1

1

2

5

34

1

35

Little Feat

1

35

Little Feat

2

Little Feat

Jeff Johnstone

7

7

1

1

4

4

6

3

1

1

35

2

33

Le Tigre

2

34

Rascal

3

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Will Welles

1

3

3

8

5

7

2

5

5

2

41

3

29

Lifted

3

30

Juggernaut

4

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Al Minella

10

2

9

4

1

2

3

7

7

9

54

4

28

SWE 803

4

19

Rumor

5

Lifted

Kerry Klingler

5

9

4

5

8

1

9

2

3

8

54

5

34

Rascal

5

33

Le Tigre

6

SWE 803

Magnus Tyreman

6

1

7

6

9

6

7

9

4

7

62

6

25

Claire

6

31

Shananigans

7

Rumor

John Storck, Jr

8

4

5

7

14

8

11

4

10

4

75

7

26

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7

28

SWE 803

8

Juggernaut

Michael Zupon

11

8

8

12

2

13

13

8

11

3

89

8

31

Shananigans

8

29

Lifted

9

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Rose/O’Sullivan

9

6

12

3

11

11

4

11

13

12

92

9

32

Jammy Dodger

9

26

Relentless

10

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Shannon Lockwood

12

11

11

9

7

12

12

10

8

6

98

10

19

Rumor

10

20

Blind Faith

11

Angry Chameleon

Kristen Robinson

4

18

6

10

3

10

5

12

15

16

99

11

30

Juggernaut

11

25

Claire

12

Jammy Dodger

Neil Martin

3

5

14

11

13

17

10

6

9

13

101

12

22

Bob Dylan

12

17

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13

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Michael Sudofsky

16

12

10

14

10

5

8

14

12

15

116

13

17

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13

32

Jammy Dodger

14

Claire

Randy St James

13

15

13

15

16

9

17

13

6

11

128

14

18

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14

18

Stacked Deck

15

Blind Faith

Aaron Galvin

14

13

15

13

18

15

15

16

16

10

145

15

24

Angry Chameleon

15

22

Bob Dylan

16

Stacked Deck

Ramzi Bannura

17

16

17

16

12

14

14

17

14

14

151

16

20

Blind Faith

16

24

Angry Chameleon

17

Magic In Motion

Jeremy Reynolds

15

14

16

17

15

19

18

15

17

18

164

17

27

Magic In Motion

17

23

Willy T

18

Emotional Resc.

Gary Panariello

18

19

18

19

19

16

16

18

19

19

181

18

23

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18

27

Magic In Motion

19

Willy T

Jeff Jordan

19

17

19

18

17

18

19

19

18

17

181

19

21

Emotional Resc.

19

21

Emotional Resc.


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Red made a meteoric rise up the standings in the Melges 32 class in the last couple days of Key West 2010. Red was seventh overall after three days of the regatta, but jumped up to third after winning a race on Thursday. British skipper Joe Woods remained on a roll with another bullet on Friday and was class runner-up to Samba Pa Ti. Continued from page 3.

dueled with John Novak’s Corsair 28R, Overdo. “They were tough,” Whitson said about Overdo. “They’re really fun guys.” “We were close and well matched with Flight Simulator,” said Overdo crewman Chris Croninger. He owns his own Corsair 31 and was sharing his multihull expertise on John Novak’s boat. “The mixed class is a first for us,” Novak said on racing against a variety of multihulls with different ratings.

PHRF 1 James Madden’s J/125, Stark Raving Mad, capped a stellar week of racing posting two firsts to lock up the overall win. The new Summit 35, Marinerscove, affectionately known as the ‘Irish boat,’ maintained their second place standing, just four points above third place winner, Rhumb Punch. “They’re very fast, much faster upwind and downwind in certain conditions,” Punch helmsman Clarke McKinney said about the two Summit 35s in the fleet. John and Linda Edwards’ Farr 30 was able to gain an edge on the Summits by having a clean start in front of them and controlling them for both races. It was good, suspenseful fun. “The last two years have been awesome here,” McKinney said. In Key West 2009, the Rhumb Punch team had started a running joke about coming back to Key West ten more times. “So we have nine more years to go,” said owner John Edwards with

a chuckle. “if we live that long!” Act One raced a 1-2 day on Thursday. They could have scored better had they not tangled with a lobster pot line. Floating just under the water’s surface and difficult to see until it was too late, the line snared Act One’s keel and promptly yanked her to a halt. Bill Titus’ brand new Summit 35 placed fourth in class overall just four points behind Rhumb Punch. El Ocaso, Rick Wesslund’s J/120, had a challenging time finding an edge against the lighter competitors through the week. “Thursday morning we had a good race (third finish), but we were struggling when the breeze lightened,” Wesslund admits. Class winners in 2006, the Ocaso team still had fun and enjoyed the fleet. “Everyone was on their game. The level of play was good and this keeps us coming back to Key West. Also, we all got a suntan,” Wesslund concluded with a grin.

PHRF 2 One point separated the top two making the final two races the deciding factor. It is no surprise that they engaged in a 1-2 tango in Races 9-10 to finish out the series. The Berges/Hall Evelyn 32 excelled in Friday’s conditions scoring a 1-2 ending the class rivalry with Bill Sweetser’s J/109 Rush who scored a 2-1. The fun factor of close competition never let up. “It was right down to the last race,” said Bluto Co-

owner Ben Hall. Bluto’s crew of family and friends have been sailing together for the last 30 years and race as much as possible. “We sail with our entire family,” Hall said. His wife, Nan, works the pit and two daughters, Liz (bow) and Caroline (assistant tactician), complete Bluto’s family affair. Close friend Duffy Danish works the mast. “We sail now just because we love sailing with our friends and family,” Hall confided. “We do push each other and enjoy the competition.” Bruce Gardner’s L’Outrage, an Annapolis based Beneteau 10M, placed third overall in fleet. Near the Big Top prior to the final awards presentation, Team Bluto and Gardner’s Team L’Outrage were engaged in lively conversation, reviewing the day’s excitement. It’s L’Outrage’s 13th Key West. “We wouldn’t miss this race regardless of the economy or how many boats enter,” Gardner said. “We look forward to coming back next year.” Denny Manrique’s Centurion 40, Island Flyer, had placed second in PHRF-B in the 2010 Ft. Lauderdale to Key West race and the team was hoping to continue their winning streak. The boat truly comes alive in heavy winds and had to struggle to stay in the game during this week’s great, but mild moments. Island Flyer helmsman, Mo Regnier summed up the week. “The race committee work was excellent, the weather was great, Continued on page 18.


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Preliminary Race Results

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DIVISION 3 Class

Pl. Boat Name

Model

Multi

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5

Gulfstream35 C.Sprint 750 C.Sprint 750 Corsair 28R Corsair 28R Corsair F-27 Corsair 28R J/125 Summit 35 Farr 30 Summit 35 1D35 Bene 40.7 J/120 Henderson 30 J/120 Evelyn 32 J/109 Bene 10M Cape Fear 38 Cape Fear 38 J/29 Centurion 40 Hobie 33 C&C37/40wk Mariah 27 J/24 J/24 Kirby 25 J/24

PH-1

PH-2

PH-3

Merlin Tobiko Strategery V Flight Simulatr Overdo Triumphant Dealer’s Choice Stark Rav. Mad Marinerscove Rhumb Punch Act One Revolution Vayu El Ocaso Wild Ride Tampa Girl Bluto Rush L’Outrage Tangent Velocity Mighty Puffin Island Flyer Soap Opera Creola Bad Dog Blah Blah Blah Nojoe Chick Magnet Class Act

SERIES TOTALS 1 2 3 1 3 2 4 8 8 8 1 3 2 5 6 4 7 8 9 2 1 4 3 6 5 8 7 9 1 3 2 4 5

1 2 4 6 3 5 8 1 2 4 5 3 6 8 9 7 2 3 1 6 5 4 8 7 9 1 2 4 3 5

1 2 3 5 4 6 8 1 5 3 2 6 7 4 8 10 2 4 6 3 1 5 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

1 2 4 3 5 6 8 1 4 3 2 7 6 5 8 9 5 1 2 3 6 6 7 8 9 1 2 5 4 3

1 2 5 3 4 6 8 1 2 4 3 6 5 8 7 9 2 1 4 3 6 7 8 5 9 1 2 4 5 3

1 3 4 5 2 6 8 1 2 3 8 6 4 5 7 9 2 1 3 4 7 5 8 6 9 1 2 3 5 4

1 5 3 2 4 8 8 2 4 5 1 8 6 3 9 7 1 4 3 2 7 6 5 10 10 1 2 5 3 4

1 4 2 3 5 8 8 4 1 3 2 6 7 5 10 8 1 3 2 5 4 6 7 10 10 1 2 5 3 4

1 2 3 4 5 8 8 1 6 4 5 2 3 7 8 9 1 2 6 4 5 3 7 10 8 1 2 3 4 5

1 3 5 2 4 8 8 1 2 4 6 3 5 7 8 9 2 1 4 5 3 7 6 10 8 1 2 3 5 4

10 28 35 37 44 69 80 14 31 35 39 53 53 59 82 86 20 21 35 38 50 54 71 81 90 10 21 37 40 42

Pts.

#

Boat Name

RACE 1 Model

Hdcp Finish Time Corrected

Pts.

RACE 2 Boat Name

Corrected

1 2 3 4 5 8 dnc 8 dnc 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 dnc 1 2 3 4 5

500 17 18 64 118 186 228 52125 35037 51377 41 60351 35 28920 109 83242 53194 51 269 53228 52138 73456 96 64337 16 25144 48 2979 123 4

Merlin Tobiko Strategery V Flight Simulatr Overdo Dealer’s Choice Triumphant Stark Rav. Mad Revolution Vayu Rhumb Punch Act One Marinerscove El Ocaso Wild Ride Tampa Girl Bluto Rush Mighty Puffin Tangent Velocity L’Outrage Island Flyer Creola Soap Opera Bad Dog Blah Blah Blah Nojoe Chick Magnet Class Act

Gulfstream35 C.Sprint 750 C.Sprint 750 Corsair 28R Corsair 28R Corsair 28R Corsair F-27 J/125 1D35 Bene 40.7 Farr 30 Summit 35 Summit 35 J/120 Henderson 30 J/120 Evelyn 32 J/109 J/29 Cape Fear 38 Cape Fear 38 Bene 10M Centurion 40 C&C37/40wk Hobie 33 Mariah 27 J/24 J/24 Kirby 25 J/24

-12 33 33 21 21 21 48 -3 36 48 54 54 54 48 45 54 87 75 108 84 87 102 87 84 96 144 171 171 174 171

1 2 3 4 5 8 dnc 8 dnc 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 dnc 1 2 3 4 5

Merlin Flight Simulatr Tobiko Overdo Strategery V Dealer’s Choice Triumphant Stark Rav. Mad Marinerscove Revolution Rhumb Punch Vayu Act One El Ocaso Wild Ride Tampa Girl Rush Bluto Velocity L’Outrage Tangent Island Flyer Mighty Puffin Creola Soap Opera Bad Dog Blah Blah Blah Nojoe Class Act Chick Magnet

1:31:04 1:40:40 1:42:12 1:46:25 1:51:36 0:00:00 0:00:00 1:13:15 1:16:29 1:18:03 1:18:45 1:19:14 1:19:51 1:26:55 1:27:38 1:29:18 1:19:54 1:20:12 1:25:53 1:26:20 1:27:37 1:29:52 1:33:51 1:46:14 0:00:00 1:05:01 1:15:48 1:24:46 1:25:45 1:28:56

11:42:08 11:52:07 11:53:03 11:51:35 11:52:29

11:36:56 11:44:19 11:45:21 11:46:18 11:46:58 11:47:24 11:47:09 11:48:20 11:50:38 11:38:29 11:38:20 11:42:18 11:40:57 11:41:15 11:43:23 11:43:50 11:43:35 11:49:42 11:55:31 11:57:57 12:00:50 12:02:50

1:21:06 1:25:58 1:27:01 1:27:10 1:28:12 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:57:11 1:01:18 1:01:20 1:01:46 1:02:26 1:02:52 1:03:08 1:04:34 1:06:06 0:46:12 0:47:03 0:48:15 0:48:55 0:48:58 0:49:50 0:51:33 0:51:33 0:00:00 0:50:31 0:54:37 0:57:03 0:59:45 1:01:56

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Buddy Melges Pays a Visit

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enormous success of the Melges 24 and 32 sport boat classes, which have attracted many of By Bill Wagner the finest sailors in the world. Sailing legend Buddy Melges was here in Key West this “I didn’t have anyweek, enjoying the warm weather and checking out the thing to do with that. two grand prix classes that bear his name. That was all due to the Melges figured watching sailboat racing in Key West work of the kids,” he for a few days beat the winter cold of Wisconsin so he said, referring to sons hopped a flight to the southernmost point of Florida and Harry III and Hans. settled into a bunk aboard Jeff Ecklund’s motor yacht “They went to ReichelStarlight Express. Pugh and got the 24 “It’s always great to be in Key West. This is a fantastic designed. That boat regatta and I’ve enjoyed seeing the racing and getting to obviously did very well know some of the sailors,” Melges said while walking the so they went back to docks in front of the Galleon and greeting competitors. Reichel-Pugh and got Melges, who literally has dozens of national and inter- the 32 designed. Then national championships to his credit, spent the week they added a 17-footer observing the action in the Melges 24 and Melges 32 and the 20-footer. All fleets, two of the largest at Key West 2010 with 21 and four boats are fun to 22 boats, respectively. sail, every damn one of Event Director Peter Craig (right) shares a chat and a chuckle with sailing great Buddy Melges. Melges grew up on Lake Geneva racing the boats them.” designed and manufactured by his father – Harry Melges admits to such as this and see what is going on. What impresses Melges Sr. He eventually took over operation of Melges being somewhat amazed by the caliber of sailing in the me the most is the level of sailing that I am seeing in Performance Sailboats while at the same time building Melges 24 and 32 classes, which routinely feature some our classes. It is much improved from the first time we a remarkable resume as a competitive sailor. of the top professional sailors in the world. He hears all came down here.” Melges won Olympic medals in the Soling (Gold, 1972) the time from owners who are thrilled with the competiPremiere Racing president Peter Craig once sailed with and Flying Dutchman (Bronze, 1964) classes then captured tion, performance and class management of the various Buddy Melges as crew aboard America3, the America’s consecutive Star world championships (1978, 1979). He Melges classes. Cup campaign the “Wizard of Zenda” skippered. Craig is also a five-time E-Scow national champion and seven“I have to congratulate Harry and his staff. They have caught up with the sailing master this week and said it time Skeeter Ice Boat world champion. done a wonderful job of providing service to the fleets,” was an honor to have him here. Melges is pretty much retired now and one week Melges said. “Harry demands quality and excellence, “It’s always great to see Buddy in Key West. He is shy of his 80th birthday. He does not take credit for the which is quite clear to me when I come to a big regatta certainly one of the greatest sailors of all-time and has done so many good things for the sport,” Craig said. “One of my greatest thrills was sailing with Buddy’s America’s Cup team and getting a chance to spend time with him. He has so much knowledge to impart and I learned a lot about sailing from just listening to him.” Melges praised Craig and Premiere Racing for continuing to run one of the top regattas in North America and said it was clear the boat owners enjoy coming to Key West every year. “This is such a great venue for sailboat racing. You get a great variety of conditions over the course of the week. We’ve had light, moderate and heavy air so far,” Melges said. “Peter and his team do a terrific job of running the races and making sure everything is done first-class.” Melges spends his time duck hunting, ice boating and tinkering in his work shop these days. “Every day is Sunday, but I only go to church one of the seven,” he joked. “I still love the Skeeter class and it’s a development program so I am always trying new things in terms of With a reputation of attracting top international sailing talent, 43 boats racing in Key West are Melges sportboats and hail from nine countries. Tight hardware and equipment.” racing is shown on Thursday’s Melges 32 course.

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Nautica Watches Trophy

Jeremiah Tamagna-Darr / timwilkes.com

A group of extremely strong Italian boats made the International Team Competition the closest it’s ever been at Key West. Italy 1, led by a pair of class winners, edged Italy 2 by a mere point in the battle for bragging rights. Skipper Lorenzo Santini and UKA UKA Racing won Melges 24 class while skipper Giovanni Maspero and Joe Fly captured Farr 40 class to lead Italy 1, which totaled 97 points. Franco Rossini and Blu Moon placed second in Melges 24 class while Massimo Mezzaroma and Nerone took third in Farr 40 for Italy 2, which finished with 98 points. Calvi Network (Carlo Alberini), the seventh place boat in Melges 32 class, completed the Italy 1 team that took home the Nautica Watches Trophy. Fantastika (Lanfranco Cirillo) gave Italy 2 a big lift by placing third in Melges 32. Premiere Racing president Peter Craig created the International Team Competition in 1997 and could not recall the country versus country event being decided by just one point. “We had a very good team. All three boats were top contenders in their class and that is what is necessary to win this competition,” Alberini said.

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Jeremiah Tamagna-Darr / timwilkes.com

International Team Competition - Italy 1

Team ITALY 1

ITALY 2

USA WEST COAST

SCANDINAVIA

FRANCE

USA GREAT LAKES

GREAT BRITAIN

GERMANY

USA EAST COAST

Class M24 F40 M32 M24 F40 M32 M32 M24 F40 M32 M24 F40 F40 M24 M32 M32 M24 F40 M24 M32 F40 F40 M24 M32 M32 F40 M24

Boat Name UKA UKA Racing Joe Fly Calvi Network Blu Moon Nerone Fantastika Samba Pa Ti Monsoon Groovederci New Wave Baghdad Nanoq Barking Mad Zig Zag 18 Teasing Machine Heartbreaker Racing Hoodlum Flash Gordon GUL Code Zero Red Charisma Struntje Light Kleine Rainbow Argo Ramrod Plenty Mustgo

Total 97

88

143

145

154

159

179

185

190


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John Kilroy headed to the airport as soon as Key West 2010 was completed. The Malibu resident wanted to get back to California to see his children. However, Kilroy’s flight was cancelled and he had to spend another night in the Conch Republic. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise as that change of plans enabled Kilroy to attend the final awards ceremony and find out in-person that Samba Pa Ti had been named Boat of the Week by Premiere Racing. Samba Pa Ti won three races and counted single digit results in eight others en route to winning Melges 32 class in impressive fashion. Stu Bannatyne called tactics while Morgan Reeser and Sam Rogers served as trimmers aboard Samba, which beat runner-up Red (Joe Woods, Great Britain) by a whopping 18 points. “It is a tremendous honor to be named Boat of the Week at Key West, which is one of the greatest regattas in the world,” Kilroy said. “I’m so proud of my team for sailing the boat so well all week. This is also a great achievement for the Melges 32 class, which is so competitive. There is a great spirit in this class and a lo of fantastic owners.” This was only the fifth Melges 32 event and first class victory for Kilroy, who has a slew of one-design national and international championships to his credit.

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PHRF Boat of the Week - Bluto

The honor of PHRF Boat of the Week, based on the best performing boat in the most competitive class, was earned by a highly unique team. Racing a three-year-old Evelyn 32 named Bluto, co-owners Ben Hall and Bill Berges had sailed a fine week to become champions in the PHRF 2 fleet. The Bokeelia,, Florida based Bluto is raced by a husband and wife team, Nan and Ben Hall, and their two daughters, Liz and Caroline. Close family friends complete the crew. “This is awesome!” Nan Hall exclaimed. Already in good cheer from their well earned first place, the team wasn’t expecting to be called back to the podium for yet another round of accolades and awards. How did they do so well? “Everybody just works really hard,” Nan explained. “Also, we never lost our sense of humor.” “We were very patient,” Caroline said. “And we didn’t get too freaked out when things didn’t go right,” Liz added. Bluto may be ‘old’ in raceboat years, but she’s kept in top form. “Last year we put a carbon rig and rigging on it,” Ben hall said. It changed the boat’s rating, but the change in performance was worth it. “We also put on a bigger spinnaker for the downwind advantage. Of course, it’s always good to be fast.” They’re so familiar with each other and with the boat that the team only practiced for about an hour and a half before the start of the Key West series. Ben Hall enjoys sailing with his family and is proud to have passed on the love of the sport to his daughters. “It’s all about nurturing young people in the sport,” Hall said, then added with a chuckle, “And if they want to sail with old crazies like us, well, that’s great!”


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sailing Key West on a Budget By Bill Wagner

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regatta at the end of August and paying the marina fees after the event. “It’s a way to put myself on a payment plan so there isn’t such a big hit one month,” she said. Of course it’s important that sailors in the J/80 class get along so well and are eager to help each other out. Reynolds needed a keel skirt and rudder cover for towing Magic in Motion to Florida and was thrilled when another owner who wasn’t attending Key West loaned him those items. “It’s very gratifying that people in this class are so generous and willing to share,” he said. Some J/80 owners have joined forces to enter Key West 2010. Henry DeGroot of Wired teamed up with Kerry Klingler of Lifted to do the regatta. Lifted is always one of the top contenders at Key West and DeGroot said it’s been enlightening to see how another team sails. “I’ve got some of my crew on Lifted and we are learning a lot this week. Kerry is a great sailor and is pretty much giving us a clinic,” DeGroot said.

J/80 owner Jeremy Reynolds was skeptical when it was suggested he enter Key West 2010, presented by Nautica. The Maryland resident started doing a mental checklist of the costs associated with doing a regatta off the southernmost point of Florida and just shook his head. “I saw the dollar signs going cha-ching, cha-ching in my head,” Reynolds said. That was before J/80 class president Kristen Robinson showed Reynolds a detailed spreadsheet of how to attend the annual race week in Key West on a reasonable budget. “I was real surprised about how affordable it could be,” said Reynolds, the first-year owner of Magic in Motion. Robinson has come up with all sorts of creative ways to reduce the final tab on a Key West campaign and encouraged J/80 owners to work together to assist one another. After years of fine-tuning, Robinson has developed a budget that enables a J/80 team to compete at Key West for less than $8,000. Perhaps the most notable cost-cutting method involves working a package deal for most of the J/80s to launch and berth at Old Island Marina. Robinson negotiated a discount on the splash fee and storage rate with the Stock Island facility. Robinson also helped the J/80 teams contain their housing costs by calling around to numerous Key West realtors and comparing rates. Reynolds and his Magic in Motion crew are staying at a house for $2,000 less than it rented for a few years ago. “With the economy being what it is, there are some great deals on housing. You just have Key West is the start of the J/80 East Coast Tour. The close competition for the past week bodes well for the season leading up to the Worlds in October. to take some time and look Amongst the one design classes, the overall winner of the J/80 class came down to the final race. around,” he said. Robinson, who along with her husband Brian has competed at Key West six times aboard Angry Chameleon, Robinson said every dollar saved counts and looks closely at every possible expense. posted a “How to do Key West on a Budget” article on the J/80 website that provides There are six J/80s from Annapolis at Key West and a group of sailors that was flying owners with all sorts of other tips on how to manage costs. She suggests buying food to Florida car-pooled to Baltimore-Washington International Airport to save money for the entire week before traveling to the regatta and making sure to eat all meals on parking. at home while in Key West. Robinson was asked why she puts so much effort into assisting other J/80 owners “Going out to dinner drives the budget way up. You also need to stay out of the with their Key West plans and plotting out a budget for the regatta. “Because if I’m bars,” she said. going to make the effort to come down here I don’t want to race in PHRF. I come to Key Reynolds took Robinson’s advice by buying a bunch of sailing gear at year-end, West for good one-design competition so the more boats the better,” said Robinson, close-out prices from Annapolis Performance Sailing as opposed to paying premium who believes other class presidents or representatives should put forth the same effort prices at West Marine in Key West. Many of the J/80 owners also purchased a bunch for a regatta the caliber of Key West. of discounted gear at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis. Premiere Racing president Peter Craig is extremely impressed by the ability of J/80 “You just have to plan carefully and think ahead about what you are going to need owners to put together a Key West campaign on an affordable budget. “The J/80 class and shop around in advance so there isn’t this massive one-time payout right before increasing to 19 boats in this economy is one of the great success stories of this event the regatta,” Robinson said. “I called APS and asked what deals they would give J/80 and should be listened to carefully by the owners in other classes,” Craig said. “The owners if I sent all our sailors to their store.” J/80 folks have figured out how to do Key West without breaking the bank by working Robinson spreads the costs over time by renting the house in May, entering the collectively. They have clearly shown that it can be done.”

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Classification Code Redux By Dobbs Davis To a strong turnout under the Big Top on Tuesday night, Dobbs Davis provided an overview of the changes to the ISAF Classification Code where Group 2 is being eliminated from the Code. There are less than 500 Group 2 sailors in the system of 16,000 sailors with active classifications, but those affected will have to re-apply to then be reviewed and re-classified to be either Group 1 or Group 3. A new FAQ document of interpretations of the Code was also issued this week by ISAF in order to be discussed publicly here in Key West. While only a few classes (eg, Farr 30’s and Beneteau 36.7’s) will have to re-write their class rules to reflect this change, the discussion nonetheless turned to how the system works, who it applies to, and whether the new criteria is an appropriate reflection of who are “professional’ and ‘amateur’ sailors. Dobbs has provided some answers to questions often asked about the system: Ken Stanek / kenstanek.com

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Who uses this Code? Only the classes and events who restrict the eligibility of their participants. Its NOT applicable to all sailors in all sailing events! There are 22 classes worldwide, but examples in the US include the Farr 30, Farr 40, J/105, and Melges 32 classes. The Newport-Bermuda Race also uses the Code.

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Mostly marine industry sailors who are not being paid to race. In the old definitions they would fall between being a Group 3 “professional” sailor and a Group 1 “amateur” sailor.

What do Group 2 sailors need to do to get re-classified? Go into their ISAF Sailor accounts at www.sailing.org and re-apply after 15 February if their application is not due to expire soon, or sooner if needed in the next few weeks. E-mails were sent out to all ISAF Group 2’s

What was the goal of the revised definitions for Group 3? The decision to eliminate Group 2 is the only reason for the changes made to ISAF Sailor Classification Code. It is the result of extensive consultations and surveys taken over the past two years with the classes and events that use the Code, and therefore we feel reflects their desire to see it simplified. The impact is small: there are only 450 Group 2 sailors worldwide, a tiny proportion of the >16,000 who currently hold a valid classification. Furthermore, few classes and events referenced use of Group 2, and those that did differed widely in their treatment of Group 2 sailors: many included them with Group 3, some with Group 1, and others as a separate category altogether. This was very confusing. Continued on page 18.


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we had fun and nobody got hurt,”

These changes do not affect any Group 1 sailor, and the Commission estimates that rather more Group 2 sailors will become Group 1 than Group 3. A new set of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) is posted on the ISAF website to help sailors, and is subdivided into different sections based on occupation. It is not necessary to study all the sections to understand a sailor’s classification based on the new definitions in the Code.

PHRF 3 John Chick’s strongly sailed Bad Dog was surely bad to the bone when viewed by the competition in the PHRF 3 class. Notching ten bullets in a row kept them on top all week for a first in class. Hometown entry, Mark Milnes and his team on the J/24 Blah Blah Blah, sailed nine second place finishes reaching their goal to finish in the top three. The J/24, Class Act, donated by local sailmaker and rigger, John Smittle, was helmed by Juan Carlos Gil representing Shake-A-Leg Miami. Gil is legally blind and has limited use of his legs from cerebral palsy, but that never gets in the way of accomplishing his goals. An engine failure didn’t even cause a ripple in the teams plans. Gil sailed Class Act out to the racecourse and the team was able to start on time. Nothing will stop this remarkable sailor from having some fun. “I feel that as a disabled athlete, everybody has been very forthright in giving me input,” Gil says about the teamwork aboard Class Act. “I actually learned a lot from John Smittle.” “I can’t imagine doing what he does,” Smittle said about Gil’s nearly extrasensory ability to sail, and competitively race no less. Editor’s note: Thanks to all the sailors who made this week truly spectacular. We may not see you on the race course, but from the media office, the competition this week was truly extraordinary. A special thank you goes to all who make Race Week News a reality (especially those of you behind the scenes). Thanks to the photographers for providing such beautiful images and the writers who walk the docks to bring the racing action, your stories and quotes to the newspaper. Kerry Karshna, who lives in Key West does the incredible job of laying out the pages each night, while working in security at the airport by day. Kerry has asked me to remind you to pack all of your sailing tools and knives in your checked bags so you don’t end up donating them to the U.S. Government. Hope to see you back in 2011.

What is the process for someone who feels unfairly labeled at Group 3? For those unhappy with a decision there is a full Appeal process that sailors can use. Appeals are determined by a panel of three Commission members who have not been party to the original decision and are always drawn from at least two countries.

Is sailing unique when compared to other sports in trying to identify amateurs and professionals? No. Classification based on financial involvement in a sport is not new. Golf, probably the best example of another participative sport, has been using classification to differentiate between amateurs and professionals since 1885.

What is being done to reduce the abuses of the Code we hear about? More and more classes are actively joining with us in tackling this problem, and good progress is being made in resolving it. Every complaint we receive is followed up thoroughly. But we recognise that more still needs to be done and will be done. For more information on the Classification Code and relevant guidelines go to www. sailing.org/classification

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