Chipping Away to the Finish Line

 

Quantum Key West Race Week 2012 – Thursday Report by Andrew Scott

 

Today on the Quantum Racing we have been working on some new rig setups. We wanted to sail with a little more rake to increase rudder angle but needed to keep the jack pressure the same. Once the breeze filled we were able to go upwind and test the new settings. With Vspars running we were able to quickly verify our new settings and know we were on the right track to increase the boat’s performance. 

 

The second race today was our hardest of the event so far. We got a good start and the boat was going well. The majority of the fleet tacked after the start for one reason or another. Half way up the beat it was clear the right was favored and we got to the first weather mark in last. Terry's call was to keep chipping and let’s work back to fifth for this race. Everyone on the boat worked hard and kept focused on their jobs for the next run and we gained a couple of boats and some valuable distance. Up the next beat we kept working hard and positioned ourselves to take advantage of a few shifts and had gotten up to third at the weather mark. Continued chipping away and everyone on the boat kept doing their jobs at the highest level and by the finish line we finished right on the transom of the lead boat that owed us some time.  Corrected over them and got ready for the next race. 

 

 

Photo by Sara Proctor of SailFastPhoto.com

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Lessons in Boat Tuning

 

Quantum Key West Race Week 2012 – Thursday Report by Marty Kullman

 

When I grew up sailing all I worried about was shifts, starts, hiking harder. Several years down the road I pay more attention to boat preparation. Today was a good example of how we are learning a new boat (Carbonado, a McConaghy 38)  and trying to find where the rig should be in the boat and how to trim the sails to get the best out of the boat.  We spent several hours yesterday deciding what rig changes we needed to do and made the changes. Results were positive and helped us move up the leader board to first. Never under estimate how important rig tune is on any boat. 

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Quantum’s Melges 32 Sails Deliver Top Results at KWRW

 

Thursday Report by Jason Currie

 

Tough day on the water for team Sick Trix but a very good day for Quantum® sails in the Melges 32 fleet. Conditions were tough on the course with very shifty NE winds of 8-12 knots.

 

Currently Pisces led by Ben Schwartz sits in second place overall well within striking distance of leader Samba Pa Ti. Pisces rounded out the day with a 6,8,2 and currently sits 4 points off the led with the drop race now in effect. 

 

Bob Hughes on Heartbreaker had an excellent day with a 1,3,4 and this moves the team into third place just ahead of Steve Howe’s Warpath. Currently Quantum has three teams in the top 4 overall.

 

The last race of the day was a good one for team Sick Trix, finishing up with a 5th. A very strong race for all Quantum-powered Melges 32s with Warpath taking the win, Pisces in 2nd, Heartbreaker with the 4th and Sick Trix in 5th.

 

Friday’s forecast shows slightly more breeze for the two remaining races and eyes will be on Samba Pa Ti and Pisces for the overall win.

 
 
Jason Currie of Quantum Atlantic is sailing on Melges 32 Sick Trix at Quantum Key West Race Week 2012. 
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