A Challenging Day At Quantum Key West Race Week

20 January 2015

Florida Keys, Key West --  During 28 years of running a regatta off Key West, Premiere Racing has a remarkable record of getting in a complete series. Because of the consistent conditions off the Conch Republic, there have been very few lost race days. 

However, that does not mean that race committee officials compromise quality just to give the competitors some action. Fair and equitable racing is the hallmark of this event and organizers always make sure to adhere to that tradition.

Tuesday at Quantum Key West 2015 brought dicey conditions that forced principal race officers 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.

Bermuda skipper Alec Cutler steered Hedgehog to victory in Race 3 and a third place finish in Race 4 to extend his lead in Melges 32 class to three points.

2009 Melges 32 World Champion William Douglass on Goombay Smash moved up dramatically to take over second place.

Doug DeVos at the helm of Volpe improved the day with a race win in Race Four to finish the day third overall.

The third day of racing — hump day in Key West is tomorrow where more great grand prix style, one design racing will continue.

View Full Results — After Four Races