Today's Sailing News
Key West: Day 1 Report
Chamber of Commerce conditions greeted the record fleet at the
2001 Key West Race Week. Moderate winds, and sunshine provided fabulous
Liking these conditions the best was Harry Melges in the Melges 24 class. His Zenda Express won both races sailed by the largest fleet.
One of his wins came in a photo finish as did Atlanti XI's win over Pegasus in the Farr 40 class.
For the day, Pegasus, with a 2nd and
7th got the better of Barking Mad (6th and 15th) the other boat
competing for the Admirals Cup berth.
In the One Design 35 class Avalanche again had a good first day of Race Week. The Virginia based boat finished 5th and 1st to lead by
2 points over Windquest with two time national Champion Dan Cheresh on
Two West Michigan boats had good first days. The Nelson Marek 30 Caramba finished 4th
and 5th in her PHRF class. Asylum sailing
in the competitive Mumm 30 fleet posted a pair of top 10's: 4th and 9th.
Several boats had perfect scores on Day 1. Esmeralda won both
races in IMS Class A. In PHRF Class E Tiburon added to a victory
in the Fort Lauderdale to Key West race with a pair of 1sts.
Two one design classes, the J 80 and
the Melges 24's saw the same boat get the gun in both races.
Race Week has 7 boats sailing to defend
their 2000 championship. The biggest Highland Fling the CM 60
was nailed by port tacking Javelin. In the days 2nd race they
finished 6th. Highland Fling was granted redress for the race 1
Plum Crazy the defending champion in
the J 105 class started off with a 14th. They showed champion
form winning the 2nd race.
We'll continue to track defending
champions and the overall regatta throughout the week.
Key West Day 2: Weather Report
The sailors at Key West Race week look to be in for another nice
day on the water.
Temperatures in the 70's a slight chance of some light rain showers.
Winds are expected to be NE this morning around 10, then veering to the east also at 10 knots in the afternoon.
As of 0850 on the water observations show wind direction from 020 to 040 at speeds from 9 to 12 knots.
Again it should be a day where boat handling and picking the subtle shifts should provide good finishes.
Today's Cam-Gram Quote
Team Adventure skipper Cam Lewis
is not just a world class sailor he's also one of the best sailing
writers around. He's writes daily reports/Cam-Grams from his
Race Class cat. Here's an excerpt from today's: "Jacques has developed a huge following ashore who are curious about the flying of the Tibetan flag from our starboard shroud at the start. We are waiting for further instructions from His Holiness the Dalai Lama before starting any sort of new cult. Anything we can do to make the world a better place for all is an important part of this voyage."
BT Challenge Update
Leg 3 is Buenos Aries to
Wellington New Zealand via Cape Horn.
Leader: 3 finishers in the following order: LG Flatron, Olympic Group, Compaq
Best 24 Hour Run: Logica 202 miles
Position: Team Spirit, Quadstone under 100 miles to finish
Current Weather: NW force 8
Weather Forecast: Eventually decreasing to light and variable near the finish.