Complete focus from owner/helmsman Doug DeVos helped lead Quantum Racing to victory in the 52 Super Series class today – photo Quantum Key West Race Week/PhotoBoat.com
“Thanks to Terry (Hutchinson, tactician, Annapolis, MD) and the Quantum Racing crew for all the great work that they’ve done,” said De Vos, who previously won the award in 1997. “I want to thank and congratulate each and every competitor for making our sport special. What they do every day, the fact that they’re here participating takes the sport of sailing forward. It wouldn’t happen without the organizers at the Storm Trysail Club and we’re grateful for what they’ve done.
Dave Brennan receives the Storm Trysail Club’s Contribution to the Sport Trophy – photo Quantum Key West Race Week
The Storm Trysail Club’s Contribution to the Sport of Sailing Trophy was presented to Division 2 Principal Race Officer Dave Brennan (Miami, FL). “Brennan has been a race officer at race week for 17 years and brings his own village, boats and all,” said event chairman John Fisher, a past commodore of the Storm Trysail Club. “This year he drove back and forth to Miami on three separate occasions to deliver boats. He is 100 percent a volunteer.”
Skeleton Key pulled off the repeat win in the J/111’s – photo Quantum Key West Race Week/PhotoBoat.com
The 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week saw the seven racing classes complete 10 or 12 races, all as scheduled. The Performance Cruising Class also completed five races, as scheduled. The week started with a windy and wavy southeasterly that faded over the course of four days before swinging around to a light southerly for today’s conclusion. Many sailors felt the conditions were “typical of Key West Race Week” and they complemented the race committee’s judgment.
Tim Healy’s New England Ropes made an impressive overtake of early series leader and defending champion Calvi Network in the J/70 class – photo Quantum Key West Race Week/PhotoBoat.com
Tim Healy’s (Jamestown, RI) New England Ropes won the J/70 Class, the largest class at race week. New England Ropes finished 11 points ahead of Marty Kullman’s (St. Petersburg, FL) second-placed New Wave, which won a tiebreaker for second over Carlo Alberini’s Calvi Network from Italy. Calvi Network, the series leader through 10 races, stumbled in the final two races, placing 22-12.
|J.D. Hill and wife Susan enjoy a post-race victory swim after their J/122 Second Star won the ORC Class – photo Quantum Key West Race Week|
In the ORC Class, J.D. Hill’s (Houston, TX) Second Star (J/122) fended off Alex Sastre’s (Coconut Grove, FL) High Noise (Italia Yachts 9.98m) for the victory. The 40-footer and 33-footer, respectively, were separated by 1 point at the beginning of today but Second Star defeated High Noise by 2 seconds on corrected time to secure a 2-point victory.
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