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2010

presented

by

Nautica

Volume

XXIII,

Number

4

T h u r s d a y,

RaceWeekNews

January

21,

2010

Jeremiah Tamagna-Darr / timwilkes.com

KEY

Focus & Good Fortune By Bill Wagner and Rebecca Burg

I

t is three days into a five-day regatta – normally the time when the contenders are separated from the pretenders. With six races completed and four more to be contested at Key West 2010, the big picture is beginning to take shape. Barking Mad tactician Terry Hutchinson was intently reviewing the scoreboard after racing on Wednesday when he was asked if the American entry was a contender or a pretender in the 19-boat Farr 40 class. “Probably somewhere in between the two at this point, but if we don’t get our act together and start sailing better we’ll be in the pretender category,” said Hutchinson, shaking his head about several missed

opportunities that have Barking Mad in fifth place overall. Skipper Giovannia Maspero and the crew on Joe Fly increased their lead in the Farr 40 class to five points over fellow Italian entry Nerone (Massimo Mezzaroma) on the strength of a 5-2 line on Wednesday. “I think we are sailing fairly well. We have not won a race yet, which is a bit painful since we have been leading at times on the course,” Joe Fly tactician Francesco Bruni said. “We cannot complain when we have a five-point lead with four races to go. The owner is steering the boat very well around the course and we are very happy with our boat speed.”

In the News:

The bowmen make the call at the start of race five in PHRF 1. Revolution, a Texas based 1D35 entered by C. Buckner and F. Prelle, show good speed above John and Linda Edwards’ Farr 30, Rhumb Punch, (middle) and Bob Foley’s Henderson 30, Wild Ride, (right). The fleet enjoyed another picture-perfect day of sunny, subtropical racing.

Plenty, owned by Alex Roepers of New York, posted its second victory of the series on Wednesday and moved from sixth to third in the overall standings. Hutchinson, the 2008 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, was frustrated because Barking Mad had the lead midway through Race 5 and wound up finishing seventh. Skipper Jim Richardson (Newport, RI) and team are tied with the German entry Struntje Light (Wolfgang Schaefer) on points – just two out of third and 10 behind the leader. “Joe Fly is sailing very well so they certainly look like the boat to beat, but there are still plenty of points on

T h u rsd a y is L ew m a r D a y

Official Sponsors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

What’s Hot in Key West . . . . . . . . . . . 13

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

From Royal Cork to Conch Republic 13

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

Afternoon Entertainment . . . . . . . . . 17

Regatta Rookies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Event Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Continued on page 3.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

KEY WEST 2010

Race Week News January 21, 2010 Volume XXIII, Number 4 A Premiere Racing & Key West Citizen Publication Publisher: Paul A. Clarin Executive Editor: Sharon Benton Associate Editor: Thomas Spencer Writers: 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 Continued from page 1.

the table and things could change quite a bit between now and Friday afternoon,” Hutchinson said. “We just have to keep chipping away and hope we get some better karma.”

Interlodge, a TP52 owned by Austin Fragomen of New York, has finished second in four of six races and heads the pack in what appears to be a battle to be runner-up behind Bella Mente. “Bella Mente is very fast and very well-sailed so it will be tough to beat,” Fragomen said. “We’re most interested in winning the sub-class of TP52s, but obviously while we’re doing that we would like to contend for the overall class victory.” Bill Lynn, a professional based in Marblehead, MA, is calling tactics on Interlodge while Pete McCloskey (main) and Dave Armitage (jib) are primary trimmers. This is only the second regatta for Interlodge since Fragomen took ownership of the Judel-Vrolijk design, which was launched in 2006. “We are still figuring out the boat so it’s great to be able to line up against three other TPs and gauge our performance. We are getting a little better every day.”

Melges 32 John Kilroy steered Samba Pa Ti to victory in second start on Wednesday to take a commanding 11.4-point lead in Melges 32 class, largest of the regatta with 22 boats. Completion of six races allowed each boat to drop its worst result and Samba Pa Ti tossed a 14th suffered in Race 1. Star received redress for Race 5 after winning a protest, moving skipper Jeff Ecklund and team up to second place with a score of 29.4 – six-tenths of a point ahead of Ramrod (Rod Jabin, Annapolis). Jabin was a bit downcast on the dock after suffering an 18th in Race 5. “I’m disappointed on a personal level because we were sailing in second and got wrapped up with the IRC 1 boats at a mark rounding and lost about 16 places,” Jabin said. “Tomorrow is going to be critical because we’ve already sailed our throw-out so every race is a keeper from here on out. We’ve just got to keep fighting.” Perhaps the most surprising entry in Melges 32 is

Yasha Samurai, a newcomer to the highly-competitive, professional-laden class. Owner Yukihiro Ishida of Tokyo, Japan, vaulted from 11th to fifth in the overall standings after winning Race 5 and dropping a 16th from Race 2 and was selected as Mount Gay Rum Boat of the Day. “To be fifth in this fleet with a new team is downright amazing, but I don’t pay much attention to scores at this point of a regatta,” said Charlie McKee, tactician aboard Yasha Samurai. “We had some good fortune today, but the breeze is supposed to build tomorrow and that could present some challenges.” This is only the second Melges 32 event for Ishida, who has sailed Swan designs in Europe and a J/24 back in Japan. McKee, a Seattle native who owns a couple Olympic bronze medals, brings a positive, upbeat attitude as tactician. British pro Gerry Mitchell and Snipe standout Takumi Nakamura are serving as trimmers. “(Ishida) is having a lot of fun and has very good concentration when steering the boat,” McKee said. “He is very much a student of the sport. He thinks about the races overnight, analyzes things and comes back the next day with a lot of questions.”

Melges 24 It continues to be a three-way battle between UKA UKA Racing (Lorenzo Santini, Italy), Blu Moon (Franco Rossini, Switzerland) and WTF (Alan Field, United States) with only three points separating those top contenders. Helmsman Lorenzo Bressani won Race 5 and added a third in Race 6 to take sole possession of first place with a low score of nine points. Flavio Favini steered Blu Moon to the exact same results (3-1) on Wednesday and moved into second with 11 points. Field, from Marina Del Rey, CA, kept pace with a second and a fourth and has 12 total points. “It has been very good competition so far. The top Continued on page 7.

Bella Mente, the Reichel-Pugh 69 owned by Hap Fauth of Newport, RI , stretched its winning streak to five with a bullet in the opening race on Wednesday and holds a comfortable eight-point lead in IRC 1. “I’m very pleased. We have won every start except one and the crew has been just superb in its execution,” Fauth said. Kelvin Harrup and Eric Doyle are combining on tactics while Sean Clarkson (main) and Brett Jones (jib and spinnaker) are the lead trimmers aboard Bella Mente, which would probably have to fall apart to lose the regatta at this stage. Fauth did not want to hear any of that talk. “Sure we could be beaten. This will be a boat race right up until the end,” he said emphatically. “It was tough out there today. The wind was up and down and clocked hard right then back left a bit. The TP 52s came to the finish line on a much stronger breeze and two of them beat us on corrected time. Things could change quickly if the TP52s get the type of conditions in which they excel.” Decision, a TP52 owned by Stephen Murray of New Orleans, LA, became the first IRC 1 entry other than Bella Mente to win a race when it corrected to first in Race 6.

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IRC1

UKA UKA Racing, the Italian entry skippered by Lorenzo Santini, sails ahead of fellow top competitor WTF during a downwind leg on Wednesday. Helmsman Lorenzo Bressani (in hat) led UKA UKA Racing to a first and a third on Wednesday and a two-point lead in the overall standings. WTF, skippered by Alan Field of Marina del Ray, CA, stands third – three points behind UKA UKA and one astern of Blu Moon (Franco Rossini, Switzerland).




Thursday, January 21, 2010

KEY WEST 2010

Ken Stanek / kenstanek.com

Tim Wilkes / timwilkes.com

Boat of the Day - Yasha Samurai

Yukihiro Ishida of Japan had competed in just one regatta since buying a Melges 32. So the Tokyo resident had no expectations going into Key West 2010, which attracted a talent-laden 22-boat fleet. However, the Yasha Samurai team has been the surprise of the class thus far, holding fifth place through three days and six races. OIympic medalist Charlie McKee is calling tactics while British pro Gerry Mitchell and Snipe class standout Takumi Nakamura are serving as trimmers aboard Yasha Samurai, which earned the Mount Gay Rum Boat of the Day Award on Wednesday. Ishida showed superb concentration on the helm as the Japanese entry got the gun in Race 5 and added a fifth in Race 6. The team has now reeled off four straight single-digit results. Bowman Dicek Sato accepted the Boat of the Day hardware from Kathy Farrell of Mount Gay Rum and Alejandra Pena of Remy Cointreau USA. “Our owner will be very, very happy with this special award,” Sato said. “He has been having a great time at this regatta and this is an unexpected honor.”


Preliminary Race Results

KEY WEST 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Division 1 Pl. Boat Name

Model

10

Total

Pts.

#

Boat Name

Race 1 Model

IRC1 F40 IRC2 M32

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 TP52 Wally 82 TP52 S.Cross 52 JV 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 J/122 Summit 40 Mills 43 Swan 42 J/122 Swan 42 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

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

8 16 20 26 26 30 22 27 30 32 32 35 42 43 47 53 53 64 66 17 20 23 28 30 31 31 36 18 30 31 32 34 35 36 37 37 38 44 54 55 56 58 58 59 62 64 87 91 108

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

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

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

R/P 69 1.538 S.Cross 52 1.365 Wally 82 1.639 TP52 1.367 JV 52 1.365 TP52 1.365 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 1.122 Swan 42 1.180 Mills 43 1.182 Swan 42 1.175 J/122 1.094 Summit 40 1.118 J/122 1.093 J/44 1.098 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

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

Race Data Summary

4

5

6

7

8

9

Hdcp Finish Time Corrected 11:50:04 12:01:50 11:47:23 12:05:03 12:06:02 12:11:03 12:04:07 12:05:32 12:06:04 12:06:36 12:08:04 12:08:08 12:08:54 12:11:17 12:11:32 12:11:52 12:13:37 12:14:38 12:24:05 12:15:11 12:12:02 12:12:43 12:13:24 12:24:42 12:23:11 12:26:59 12:29:40 12:18:11 12:19:00 12:19:22 12:19:34 12:20:05 12:20:49 12:21:00 12:21:11 12:21:23 12:22:00 12:22:15 12:22:36 12:23:50 12:24:09 12:24:53 12:25:15 12:26:09 12:27:00 12:27:13 12:28:10 12:28:38 12:29:50

1:55:27 1:58:32 1:58:38 2:03:06 2:04:16 2:11:06

1:41:11 1:42:42 1:43:41 1:43:52 1:49:04 1:49:46 1:51:28 1:54:55

Pts.

Race 2 Boat Name

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

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

January 20, 2010

Division 1

Race #1

Race #2

CLASS

COURSE

LENGTH

START

COURSE

LENGTH

START

IRC 1

4

7.75

1035

5

9.61

1315

Farr 40

4

6.67

1040

5

8.48

1320

IRC 2

4

6.67

1045

5

8.48

1325

Melges 32

4

6.67

1052

5

8.48

1330

Division 2

Race #1

COURSE

LENGTH

START

COURSE

LENGTH

START

COURSE

LENGTH

START

Race #2

CLASS

COURSE

LENGTH

START

COURSE

LENGTH

START

Melges 24

4

4.8

1035

5

5.7

1210

J/105

4

4.8

1045

5

5.7

1230

J/80

4

3.8

1055

5

4.7

1240

Division 3

Race #1

CLASS

COURSE

LENGTH

START

COURSE

LENGTH

START

Multi

4

7

1035

5

7.1

1245

PH-1

6

6.82

1040

5

6.35

1250

PH-2

6

6.82

1045

5

6.35

1255

PH-3

4

4.6

1050

5

5.12

1300

Race #2

Corrected 2:09:06 2:10:52 2:11:13 2:12:49 2:13:16 2:16:25

1:57:46 1:58:29 1:59:43 2:00:21 2:00:43 2:00:47 2:01:28 2:02:07

Tim Wilkes / timwilkes.com

Class

Series Totals 1 2 3




Preliminary Race Results

Thursday, January 21, 2010

KEY WEST 2010

Division 2 Series Totals 1 2 3

Pts.

#

Race 2 Boat Name

UKAUKA Racing

1

64

Blu Moon

55

WTF

2

68

USA 625

64

Blu Moon

3

66

UKAUKA Racing

4

59

GUL Code Zero

4

55

WTF

5

57

Kleine Rainbow

5

58

Zig Zag 18

35

6

62

Monsoon

6

62

Monsoon

35

7

58

Zig Zag 18

7

61

Hoodlum Racing

37

8

50

Baghdad

8

56

Convexity

8

41

9

60

Tramp

9

50

Baghdad

5 - 17

47

10

52

Lounge Act

10

53

Entourage

Class

Pl.

Boat Name

Entrant

M24

1

UKAUKA Racing

Lorenzo Santini

2

1

2

2

Blu Moon

Franco Rossini

1

4

3

WTF

Alan Field

3

2

4

Hoodlum Racing

Paul Hulsey

9

7

4

5

Monsoon

Bruce Ayres

4 - 13

3

11

6

6

Baghdad

Kristian Nergaard

7

8 - 13

7

Zig Zag 18

Henri Samuel

- 12 11

5

7

8

GUL Code Zero

Miles Quinton

8 12

10

3

9

Convexity

Donald Wilson

- 14 10

10 Kleine Rainbow

Bent Dietrich

11 Lounge Act

Loren Colahan

12 Team Windhover

Elizabeth Harned

13 Tramp

Thomas Ritter

14 Battle Rhythm

Guy Mossman

15 Entourage

Vlad. Kulinichenko

18 17

16 Regatta.nu

Arne Larssen

17 USA 625

3

4

5

6

10

Total

- 5

1

3

- 9

2

3

1

- 4

2

1 - 13

6

6

5

11

16

5 - 15

12

14

10

16

7

8

9

Pts.

#

9

1

66

1

11

2

4

12

3

7

28

6

30

8

9

7

5

4 - 18 11

Race 1 Boat Name

10

15

56

11

56

Convexity

11

60

Tramp

8 - 17

13

58

12

65

Battle Rhythm

12

65

Battle Rhythm

11

60

13

61

Hoodlum Racing

13

67

Team Windhover

12

61

14

48

Vapour Trail

14

51

Knot 2 Scale

15

6

- 19

9

13

18

9

11 - 14

14

12

12

7

10 - 19

10

62

15

63

Zetiana

15

52

Lounge Act

8

19

19 - 20

16

68

16

49

Mustgo

16

54

Regatta.nu

Marty Jensen

20 - 21

17

9

21

2

69

17

67

Team Windhover

17

57

Kleine Rainbow

18 Mustgo

David Happ

13 - 20

18

17

16

19

83

18

51

Knot 2 Scale

18

59

GUL Code Zero

19 Zetiana

Alexis Michas

17 18 - 22

15

15

20

85

19

53

Entourage

19

49

Mustgo

20 Vapour Trail

Greg McCliment

- 21 16

20

14

21

86

20

54

Regatta.nu

20

63

Zetiana

21 Knot 2 Scale

Bret Newcomb

16 19

20 - 21

18

14

87

21

68

USA 625

21

48

Vapour Trail

6

15

J105

1

Savasana

Brian Keane

2

1

4

2

1

4

14

1

09

Savasana

1

06

Lucky Dog

2

Ghost

Kenneth Colburn

6

4

2

3

6

5

26

2

02

Eclipse

2

07

Creatv Destruct

3

Blackhawk

Scooter Simmons

3

5

9

7

4

3

31

3

03

Max Power

3

01

Blackhawk

4

Eclipse

Damian Emery

7

6

10

1

2

6

32

4

01

Blackhawk

4

09

Savasana

5

Max Power

Gerrit Schulze

5

8

7

4

3

7

34

5

04

Solaris

5

10

Ghost

6

Solaris

Bill Zartler

8

7

1

8

5

8

37

6

10

Ghost

6

02

Eclipse

7

Lucky Dog

Travis Weisleder

1 10

11

9

7

1

39

7

06

Lucky Dog

7

03

Max Power

8

Big Booty

Patrick Eudy

4

2

5

6

12

11

40

8

15

Tenacious

8

04

Solaris

9

Creatv Destruct

James Williams

9

9

3

10

9

2

42

9

07

Creatv Destruct

9

12

Radiance

10 Tenacious

Edward Palm

10

3

12

5

8

10

48

10

13

Vixen

10

15

Tenacious

11 Radiance

Bill Lakenmacher

11 14

6

13

11

9

64

11

12

Radiance

11

14

Big Booty

12 Vixen

Christopher Beane

13 12

8

12

10

13

68

12

14

Big Booty

12

11

Orangutan

13 Orangutan

Bernard Girod

14 11

13

11

14

12

75

13

05

Absolutely

13

13

Vixen

14 Absolutely

Junius Grimes

12 13

14

15

13

14

81

14

11

Orangutan

14

05

Absolutely

J80

1

Little Feat

Jeff Johnstone

7

7

1

1

4

4

24

1

26

Relentless

1

29

Lifted

2

Le Tigre

G Darden/R Hillard

2 10

2

2

6

3

25

2

30

Juggernaut

2

26

Relentless

3

Rascal

Will Welles

1

3

3

8

5

7

27

3

24

Angry Chameleon

3

33

Le Tigre

4

Relentless

Al Minella

10

2

9

4

1

2

28

4

35

Little Feat

4

35

Little Feat

5

Lifted

Kerry Klingler

5

9

4

5

8

1

32

5

34

Rascal

5

22

Bob Dylan

6

SWE 803

Magnus Tyreman

6

1

7

6

9

6

35

6

33

Le Tigre

6

28

SWE 803

7

Rumor

John Storck, Jr

8

4

5

7

14

8

46

7

31

Shananigans

7

34

Rascal

8

Angry Chameleon

Kristen Robinson

4 18

9

Kicks

Rose/O’Sullivan

9

6

10 Juggernaut

Michael Zupon

11

11 Shananigans

Shannon Lockwood

12 Jammy Dodger

Neil Martin

13 Bob Dylan

14 Claire

15 Blind Faith

Aaron Galvin

14 13

15

13

18

16 Stacked Deck

Ramzi Bannura

17 16

17

16

12

17 Magic In Motion

Jeremy Reynolds

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teams have the same speed so the tacticians have been very important. Tactics has probably been 80 percent of the results,” Bressani said. “We are hoping tomorrow brings more wind to ensure the speed of the boat is most important.” There is a new leader in IRC 2 as skipper Mike Williamson and the White Heat team overtook early pacesetter Pugwash on the strength of a bullet in Race 5. That was the second win of the week for the Summit 40, which now has a three-point advantage over the J/122 owned by David Murphy (Newport, RI). Simon Shaw of Great Britain is calling tactics for Williamson, who splits his time between homes in London and New Castle, New Hampshire. This is the second time in three months that White Heat and Pugwash have squared off, having finished one-two in Class 3 at the IRC East Coast Championship off Annapolis in late October.

J/80 Teamwork and Pugwash, a pair of J/122 cruiser-racers, are at the rear of a line of four IRC 2 boats during a downwind leg on Wednesday. Pugwash (David Murphy, Newport, RI) led the class on Monday and Tuesday, but was overtaken by the Summit 40 White Heat on Wednesday.

cost them precious seconds. “We were blind for Wednesday’s second race,” explained Ryan Zupon, helmsman and the 22-year old son of owner Michael Zupon. Without the battery, Juggernaut (Larchmont, NY) was unable to power her instruments and lost an edge. “I’ve sailed a lot of boats before, but this is one of my favorite,” he says about

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It’s too close to call this early in the week as three points separate first, second and third for the Midwinter Championships in the J/80 class. With consistent sailing on Tuesday, Jeff Johnstone’s Little Feat rose from second to first and holds that top slot. Will Welles’ Rascal, was nudged from first to third by Le Tigre, hailing from Ft. Worth, TX. The tight one design racing means the slightest twitch, or equipment glitch, can change the outcome on the day. Juggernaut’s 2-13 finish for races five and six is one such example. In race six, a dead battery and a twitchy dance with a J/105 around the leeward mark

This is only the second major regatta for Interlodge, a Judel-Vrolijk-designed TP52 owned by Austin Fragomen of New York. Tactician Bill Lynn and the rest of a top-notch crew have done a terrific job of learning the boat quickly as Interlodge stands second in IRC 1. Fragomen has a steady hand on the wheel while most of the crew hikes on the rail as Interlodge shows superb upwind form on Wednesday.

the J/80 class. Twitches and glitches or not, the team enjoyed their day and sailed well together. “We got off the line and hung in there as long as we could,” said tactician Lincoln White about their best finish this week with a second place in race five.

J/105 The J/105 class shuffle continued Wednesday for the majority of boats except for the top slot. Not surprisingly, Brian Keane’s Savasana team held fast for another first in class on Wednesday. Tuesday’s four-boat tie between Eclipse, Solaris, Blackhawk and Max Power was broken with Damien Emery’s Eclipse holding on to fourth place. The biggest leap up the leader board occurred with Scooter Simmons Blackhawk rising from 6th place to 3rd in class with just one point separating Eclipse and Blackhawk. Patrick Eudy’s Big Booty slipped from 3rd overall to 8th place. With four races to go, the outcome is far from over. The team from Gerrit Schulze’s Max Power were in good spirits when they returned to the docks. “It was heaven out there,” said Max Power trimmer Dick O’Keefe, who was enjoying his first Key West. “I’d always wanted to do Race Week.” The boat is in her seventh year here. Gerrit Schulze typically drives the boat, but this year, his brother Stefan took the helm for the first time in Key West. “It’s been a more tactical regatta this year,” Stefan observed. “Here, you have to sail smart.” Most familiar with racing small boats, Stefan has to work at staying on top of Max Power’s beefier feel and greater momentum. It’s not easy. In race six, they slipped over the line early and lost time doing a penalty turn. “We were persistent though and worked our way back,” Stefan said. Max Power’s unanimously appointed ‘crew mother’, known as Mango, worked the pit made the lunches, and brought the drinks and sunscreen which Continued on page 16.




Preliminary Race Results

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

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

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

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

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6 14 22 26 26 37 48 6 18 19 25 32 34 37 47 53 11 15 20 22 31 32 41 46 54 6 13 21 25 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Corrected 1:43:11 1:46:35 1:47:51 1:47:57 1:50:10 1:54:50 0:00:00 1:14:05 1:16:53 1:19:00 1:19:05 1:19:39 1:19:48 1:20:26 1:21:09 1:24:04 1:14:21 1:16:56 1:18:31 1:19:20 1:20:11 1:21:35 1:22:59 1:23:53 1:29:19 1:06:04 1:14:46 1:15:32 1:18:56 1:20:34

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Regatta Rookies Gain Experience in Key West By Bill Wagner

Jeremy Reynolds is a relative newcomer to the J/80 class. The Maryland resident purchased one of the popular sport boats less than a year ago and thus far has only competed in regattas around Annapolis. Reynolds readily admits his crew is still learning the boat and the results reflect that, but that has not stopped them from taking the plunge and entering one of the most competitive events in North America. Reynolds and the rest of the Magic in Motion team hopped in a truck on Friday and towed the J/80 to southernmost point of Florida for Key West 2010, presented by Nautica. Some of the top J/80 teams in the United States are part of a 19-boat fleet and the regatta rookies are excited to see how the game is played at that level. “We are doing this for the experience. We are not concerned with the final result or worried about placing,” Reynolds said. “We just want to soak in the atmosphere and learn as much as we can.” The Magic in Motion team learned a lot this past season while competing on the Chesapeake Bay circuit. Brian and Kristen Robinson, Annapolis residents and owners of Angry Chameleon, were among many class veterans who helped Reynolds and crew develop. “There is definitely a learning curve with this boat. The asymmetrical spinnaker is not real forgiving and there are things as far as rig tune and trimming that you can do to improve your speed,” Reynolds said. “What’s great about the J/80 fleet, especially in the Chesapeake Bay area, is that everyone is so supportive, so open to sharing information.” Magic in Motion did the two large regattas that bookend the season – the Annapolis National Offshore One-Design Series and Annapolis Race Week – with Reynolds admitting the results were mediocre. Placing top five in any race was cause for celebration, but the team clearly improved with each regatta. Reynolds knows that Magic in Motion is entering new territory at the 23rd edition of Key West, a five-day event organized by Premiere Racing. This is the Midwinter Championship for the J/80 class and attracts all the top players, including two-time defending Key West champion Rumor (John Storck Jr., Huntington, NY). New York professional sailmaker Kerry Klingler and his Lifted team won the regatta in 2007 while Rhode Island pro Will Welles is another top contender aboard Rascal. “Everybody talks about Key West and what a fabulous regatta it is so we are very, very excited to be participating. This is going to be an amazing experience for us,” Reynolds said on Saturday while making the 24-hour trek from the Annapolis area to the team’s base on Stock Island. Tactician Andy Coyne, an investment counselor with Charles Schwab in Annapolis, is the only member of the four-man crew who has competed in Key West. Trimmers Mitch Bennett and Keegan Mills complete a crew that has been consistent all year. Each man has stepped up and contributed financially to the Key West campaign, which Magic in Motion has managed to do on a reasonable budget. “It’s rewarding to see these guys in the J/80 class pool their resources, think creatively and figure out a way to come to Key West without breaking the bank,” said Peter Craig, president of Premiere Racing. In fact, six of the 19 J/80s attending Key West are coming from Annapolis with Blind Faith (Aaron Galvin), Emotional Rescue (Gary Panariello), Stacked Deck (Ramzi Bannura) and Willy T (Kristen Berry) also entered. That strong turnout is due largely to the organization and encouragement of Kristen Robinson, the U.S. class president for J/80. It was Robinson who pushed the Magic in Motion team to compete in Key West and she is extremely proud they made the effort to do so.



The Magic in Motion team, from left to right, skipper Jeremy Reynolds, trimmer Keegan Mills, tactician Andy Coyne and bowman Mitch Bennett.

“I just love those guys. They are energetic, enthusiastic and ambitious,” Robinson gushed. “They’re here to learn as much as possible so then can come back and kick butt in the future.” Robinson said so many class newcomers would decline to even consider coming to an elite regatta such as Key West, citing lack of experience. “Most first-year teams would say we’re not good enough to go. Jeremy and his crew said let’s go and get better. Our class needs more gung-ho sailors that will do whatever it takes to get better.” After two days at Key West 2010, Magic in Motion stands 16th out of 19 boats, but Reynolds didn’t care and said the team had an absolute blast during its Key West debut on Monday. “It was just fantastic! I knew it was going to be a good day because as soon as we got out onto the race course a dolphin jumped out of the water right next to the boat,” Reynolds said. “Everything people said about sailing in Key West is true. The weather was great, the racing was fun and the competition was excellent.” Reynolds said the Magic in Motion team members are not as concerned with their performance against the rest of the fleet as they are about raising their level. “I felt we met or exceeded our expectations and had a great time doing it,” he said. “Our crew work was terrific and our mark roundings were solid. We made a lot of progress.” Jeremiah Tamagna-Darr / timwilkes.com

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After six races, James Madden’s J/125 Stark Raving Mad is sailing calm, cool and holds a commanding 12-point lead in PHRF 1 with six first-place finishes. Madden and crew are well-poised to repeat their 2008 class win and have suggested that they plan on sailing conservatively to maintain their lead.


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From Royal Cork to the Conch Republic By Bill Wagner

Anthony O’Leary said it’s been a particular harsh winter in his hometown of Cork, Ireland. So it was not too difficult for O’Leary to convince his regular crew to travel to Key West for a week of winter sailing in 75-80 degree temperatures. “The weather sure beats the heck out of home and the sailing is outstanding. The race committee has done a wonderful job of setting good courses and ensuring fair competition,” O’Leary said. O’Leary has teamed with close friend and fellow Royal Cork Yacht Club member Dave Dwyer to charter a Summit 35 for Key West 2010. They are using the regatta as preparation for the Rolex Commodore’s Cup, an international offshore regatta held in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. O’Leary owns a Ker 39 named Antix Eile that is expected to fill the Class 1 slot for an Irish entry in the Commodore’s Cup. Dwyer, the 2009 British and Irish IRC champion, campaigns a Mills 39 named MarinersCove. ie that would serve as the Class 2 entry. Since Dwyer did much of the organization and arranged the charter through Barry Carroll of Summit Yachts, the entry here in Key West is called MarinersCove.ie. However, O’Leary

Anthony O’Leary and crew are enjoying the Key West conditions for the first time on a brand new Summit 35 and are currently in second place overall in PHRF1.

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were all appreciated by the crew, especially the sunscreen. Travis Weisleder’s Lucky Dog had an interesting 7-1 day on Wednesday, breaking Tuesday’s tie with James Williams’ Creative Destruction. “We finally got off the line and were able to sail our own race,” said Lucky Dog trimmer Rob Whittemore on their bullet in race six. “We were just able to control the fleet,” Whittemore said. It’s the boat’s first Key West, but the crewmembers, mostly from Fishing Bay Yacht Club, Virginia, have experienced Key West competition before. Tenacious owner Ed Palm (Grosse Pointe, MI) is campaigning his J/105 for the second year. It’s not Palm’s first appearance here; he and his team have raced in Key West with a variety of boats. “The competition in this class is tight enough and all you need is one mess up and that’s all she wrote,” Palm explained. The Tenacious team is thrilled by the challenge and hopes to see more J/105s enter next year. “The race committee is very communicative and they’re not afraid of changing the course when the wind shifts. This makes racing a whole lot more fun,” Palm concluded.

In addition to enjoying the race action, they crew have some extracurricular fun by trailing a fishing line on the way to and from the racecourse. So far, they haven’t had any bites. “We’re not sure what we’d do if we actually did catch one,” trimmer Geoff Rhodes admitted with a shrug. Rick Wesslund’s J/120, El Ocaso, is finding their stride and is pleased to be finishing ahead of the other J/120 in the fleet, Tampa Girl. The El Ocaso team sails hard and loves it, and there’s a bit of an inside joke about the vessel breaking something each day that she’s out. “Today we broke two little screws,” tactician Anson Mulder confided. The hardware had held a guide line. “Hah! We’re still having a great time out there,” added crewmember, and busy boat repairman, Mike Caldwell.

PHRF 2 Rush, a J/109 owned by Bill Sweetser of Annapolis, MD has won four of six races Continued on page 18.

Division 3 PHRF 1 By Wednesday’s end, James Madden’s J/125, Stark Raving Mad IV (Oyster Bay, NY), firmly remained in first place with six bullets. The team has been sailing together for years. With the exception of Stark Raving Mad IV, the top ranking boats mixed it up on Wednesday. The Farr 30, Rhumb Punch (Solomons, MD) sailed strong, staying in the top three slots all week. The Chesapeake Bay based team has been sailing together for 20 years and they’re close friends to boot. John and Linda’s daughter, Regan commented on their strategy, “Win the start, nail the first shift and extend. The boat has an edge in lighter winds, or in a heck of a lot of wind.” Geoff Rhodes added. “It’s the in-between stuff that can potentially throw in an extra challenge.”

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is serving as skipper and most of the crew comes off his Ker 39. “We felt this regatta was an ideal opportunity to give the crew some training while sailing a nice fast, well-prepared boat,” O’Leary said. “Dave and I also wanted to have a look at this particular boat as a possible Class 3 entry in the Commodore’s Cup.” Carroll said this particular Summit 35 was launched from Edgewater Boats in Florida a week prior to Key West 2010 then towed to the Conch Republic to have the rig installed in time for O’Leary, Dwyer and crew to get in two days of practice before the regatta. There wasn’t enough time to obtain an IRC rating certificate so MarinersCove.ie is competing in PHRF 1. Act One, another Summit 35 skippered by Bill Titus of Newport, R.I., asked to be placed in PHRF 1 as well in order to compete head-to-head with her sister ship. “We wanted to sail against Act One so that it is somewhat one-design competition. It is a bit bizarre to be racing in PHRF because I really don’t understand the rating system,” O’Leary said. Act One and MarinersCove.ie appear to be engaging in a good duel with both boats totaling 14 points after two days of racing. Act One stood third in PHRF 1 after posting a pair of second place results on Tuesday. MarinersCove had a second and a third to its credit and was fourth as a result of losing the tiebreaker with the other Summit 35. “We did fairly well on Monday and not as good on Tuesday. We are having fun and doing some good team building,” O’Leary said. The Summit 35 was named Best IRC Racer by Sailing World in its 2010 Boat of the Year that was presented in Key West on Sunday prior to the Skipper’s meeting. Carroll has been pleased to see the design perform well here in Key West for the second straight year and said Summit Yachts has several prospective customers interested in the new boat that O’Leary and Dwyer are sailing here. “It will become an inventory boat and we’ve already received a lot of interest. Of course, everyone looks at this event to see how the boat does so there is a lot riding on this venture,” Carroll said.

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and holds a four-point lead in PHRF class. Sweetser said the flat water and light to medium winds that have predominated thus far have been ideal for his boat. “This is a light and responsive boat so if I were to choose conditions in which to sail it would be what we got today and yesterday, he said. Sweetser has competed at Key West every year since 2004 and has won the J/109 sub-class. He is still seeking an overall class vicrotry after placing second in PHRF 2 last year. “Tomorrow should be an interesting day for us. The breeze will be up so it’s important that we put up some good results We have the lead for now, but we could be overtaken,” said Sweetser.

PHRF 3 This bad dog can hunt. Posting a perfect score of six bullets in a row so far, Bad Dog’s hot performance could be partially due to the crew’s combined years of experience racing in Key West. John Chick is in his 15th year here and partners in boat ownership, Jeff Diemand and Michael Elam, have nearly as many Key West Races under their belts as well. Brian Smith was calling tactics. “Our main strategy is to avoid the wind shadows of all the bigger boats in the division,” Smith said. Previously, Chick’s team had sailed a Mumm 30 for eight years. After they sold the boat, there was an empty space that needed filling. “We really needed a good excuse to come down here and sail, so we bought the Mariah 27,” Chick said. “This way, we have a good reason to tell our wives that we’re in Key West sailing.” Co-owner and crew, Michael Elam is an attorney in real life. “I trim sails while giving advice,” Elam joked. “He writes checks too,” Chick added. Jim Hightower of Houston has enjoyed tremendous success in various classes at Key West aboard his series Blah Blah Blah, Mark Milnes’ J/24 from Key West is holding a steady of boats named Hot Ticket. Hightower’s latest design is a Summit 40, which he has steered to third place in second over NoJoe in third. NoJoe is competing in its first Key West. Owner IRC 2. Joe Naroski races a Serendipity 43 named MoJoe. His team is composed of good friends who hail from the Pelmer Cove Yacht Club in Salem, MA.

 

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