Key West Race Week Concludes
A 20 knot northerly brought good sailing conditions for the final day of Key West 2000. One race was sailed for a total of 8 for the week. There were no throwouts so every race counted.
Of the classes Sailing Daily has followed the closest finish was in the Mumm 30 class. France's Villede StRaphael ended up with a 2 point margin of victory over Trouble. Trouble finished strong with a 3rd, a race 8 win would've made for a tie,
The One Design 35 class has a tradition of close racing. Key West was no exception. Robert Hughes' Heartbreaker was the weeks winner by 3 points of Tabasco. Another point back was Smiling Bulldog.
Despite winning 5 of 8 races Chessie Racing did not have much of a cushion in her PHRF class. The Farr 39 Fatal Attraction was just 3 points back.
Full Throttle beat Zenda Express by a place in race 8. That was how the week with Full Throttle sailing to a 7 point victory over Zenda Express in the Melges 24 class.
The IMS class was controlled by the sister ship CM 60's. Class winner Highland Fling and 2nd place Rima won 6 of the 8 races. The Nelson Marek 49 Virago was also a race winner and finished 3rd.
The Farr 40 class ended up as a convincing win for Atlanti XI by 19 points over Mascalzone Latino, who won a tie breaker with Raging Bull.. Flyer finished off the week with a win in race 8 putting the California boat 10th for the week.
Robert Hughes sailed his 1D 35 through a variety of conditions to win the Boat of the Week trophy. Key West had a variety of conditions from light to heavy, the winners showed themselves to be completive, consistent and versatile sailors.
Monnet Around the World Report
French sailor Phillippe Monnet left France on 10 January. The purpose of his voyage is to break the record for fastest circumnavigation sailing east to west, or against the prevailing winds. He is sailing an Open 60 monohull UUNET. British Sailor Mike Golding is the current record holder at 161 days. Sailing Daily will provide periodic reports tracking the success of his attempt.
12 days into the voyage UUNET has passed the Cape Verde in the North Atlantic off the horn of Africa. Monnett sailed UUNET close to the Cape Verde's and saw land, saying: "Its magnificent for a solo sailor to see a piece of land ".
No matter which way you plan you circumnavigation route a requirement is an equatorial crossing. Monnet is about 1000 miles from transiting to the Southern Hemisphere. He feel the often difficult Doldrums will be a minimal interruption as their is a clear path through to the trade winds.
At this stage UUNET is 640 miles ahead of Golding. For the first part of the voyage UUNET has averaged 8.71 knots to Golding's 5.23.
There is no question that Monnnet's Open 60 is faster than Goldings steel yacht. However, sailing the Southern Ocean upwind is a supreme test of reliability. For UUNET to really look like a record breaker there are the great capes yet to round.