Monday, October 19, 2015

Quantum Key West Race Week Update

J/122 sailing Key West (Key West, FL)- The fleet continues building for the 2016 edition of Quantum Key West Race Week, organized by the Storm Trysail Club. 104 entries hailing from 10 countries have already signed up; 45 are J/Boats, nearly 45% of the fleet!  Come on down and join us!

In the handicap fleets, the IRC 2 Class has the famously fast J/125 DOUBLE TROUBLE from San Francisco Bay racing with Peter Krueger from St Francis YC leading the charge.  Then, in ORC Class, the J/100 SKYFALL from Naples, Florida is participating from Naples YC with Peter Sulick at the helm.  Finally, Denise Imhoff’s J/22 FLEEBOFLAM from Thousand Oaks, California will be racing in Performance Cruising Class.

J/70s sailing Key West Race WeekThere are five one-design J classes in the mix with the largest fleets at Key West- J/70 (22 entries), J/80 (4 entries), J/88 (7 entries), J/111 (8 entries), and J/122 (2 entries). The high level of competitiveness and excellence in race management perennially attracts these classes to Key West.

Rod Johnstone of J/Boats fame has been coming regularly to Key West Race Week since its inception over two decades ago, and believes the advent of daily distance racing is a brilliant idea. J/Boats has been a loyal supporter and sponsor of the regatta, and thinks the Performance Cruising class can really take off.

“I think it’s an absolutely great idea. That’s the type of racing a lot of people like to do these days and there are so many boats out there that would fit perfectly into that class,” Johnstone said. He also thinks a well-appointed cruising boat would provide housing for its crew.  “I would think another good thing about this new class is that skippers don’t need to strip out their boats in order to do some distance racing.”  Sailing photo credits- and Sharon Green /Ultimate  For more STC Quantum Key West Race Week sailing information