Tuesday at Quantum Key West 2015 brought dicey conditions that forced principal race officers to make numerous tough decisions. There were some delays, a few false starts and even one abandonment, but by the time the day was over all three divisions had completed two races in shifty winds that ranged from 5 to 7 knots.
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Quantum-powered Party Girl, sailed by Jens Altern Wathne of Norway, won the day in Melges 24 class with a fifth and a second – earning the Lewmar Boat of the Day Award. Jorgen Altern Wathne is calling tactics for his brother.
In the Melges 32 class, where father and son Doug and Dalton Devos are battling it out for bragging rights in Volpe and Delta, the teams are currently separated by just one point.
Minneapolis skipper Hap Fauth steered Bella Mente to victory in both races and now leads IRC 1 by four points over fellow 72-foot mini maxi Shockwave. “It was a very tricky day, but our crew was very strong and managed to find the right gears,” Fauth said. “We got great starts and just managed to keep the boat moving.” Quantum’s Terry Hutchinson is calling tactics for Bella Mente, which is doing its first regatta with Quantum sails.
There is a new leader in the J/111 class after Florida skipper George Gamble (Pensacola) posted a pair of bullets on Tuesday. Quantum’s Scott Nixon is calling tactics for Gamble on My Sharona, which holds a four-point lead over Spaceman Spiff owned by Rob Ruhlman of Cleveland, Ohio. Said Gamble, “We got great starts and did not miss a wind shift all day. The racing is amazingly tight. We won today’s second race by about a boat length.
Sailing a tight race in the J/88 class are Quantum-powered Deviation in first place and Touch2Play Racing in second. Iris Vogel’s Deviation posted two bullets on Monday, while Rob and Sandy Butler finished first in both races on Tuesday.