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At the midpoint of the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week Narragansett Bay sailors are featuring in several class battles.
In the J/70 Class, the largest class at race week with 42 entrants, it looked as if Carlo Alberini’s Calvi Network from Italy was charting a course to a third consecutive class victory. Then the crew finished 13th in Race 9 while Tim Healy’s (Jamestown, RI) New England Ropes finished 2nd. That allowed Healy to close a 12-point deficit down to 1 point with three races remaining.
“Thankfully, we had a consistent day,” said Healy, the J/70 Class and Boat of the Week winner in 2014. “Calvi was having a good day but had a higher score in the last race and that allowed us to gain some points.”
Healy’s crew includes other Rhode Islanders: John Mollicone (Providence) is tactician and Matt Coughlin (Cumberland) is the bowman and a recent graduate of URI. The fourth crewmember is Paul Abudllah (Jacksonville, FL), the headsail trimmer.
Healy said that it was important today to stay in the puffs. “Both sides of the course were working,” Healy said. “It was important to stay in the puff and in phase, and John did nice job for us. When you were in pressure then you could tack. You couldn’t tack if you weren’t in a puff because you wouldn’t accelerate out of the tack. Every windward leg we probably cycled through 10 puffs and lulls.
“I don’t know what happened to Calvi, but I think they missed out on some pressure on the first beat of the last race,” Healy said. “They didn’t have a bad start but fell behind on the first leg and then it was hard to get back into the lead group.”
Also in the J/70 Class, famed trimmer Moose McClintock (Portsmouth), a multiple J/24 world champion and race committee chairman for the Laser frostbite fleet out of Sail Newport, is trimming for Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity, which won today’s final race and holds fifth overall. Cameron Appleton (Newport), calling tactics for Italian entry Mascalzone Latino, is placed 8th overall and Hannah Swett’s (Jamestown) Sparkle is placed 26th.
In the 52 Super Series, the low point boat of the day was Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s (Newport, RI) Interlodge V. The newest boat in the class from the Botin design group, Interlodge V posted scores of 1-1-8 and holds fifth place overall with 39 points. Other Newporters on the boat include Kris Matthews as captain and Ben Quatromoni as bowman.
“We had a great day on the water,” said tactician Andy Horton of Vermont. “In the first race we led all the way around. In the second we led, got overtaken on the run, but then retook the lead for the win. It was probably our best race yet in the new boat. In the third race we got caught in a little inside-out shift that dropped us to 8th and we couldn’t dig out of that. But we’re in the hunt and happy for that.”
Tony Rey (Middletown) helped guide the Turkish boat Provezza IX to low point boat in the class on Tuesday. Rey is calling tactics for Provezza IX and their 2-2 yesterday was best in the pro-laden class.
Racing runs through Friday. Visit the Quantum Key West Race Week for more information.