How it will all end up for the top teams at this event as well as the overall series is anyone’s guess. Certainly, the Ladbroke’s Betting Parlours in London and their counterparts in Las Vegas, Nevada are betting that Martie Kullmann and Thom Bowen’s crew on REACH AROUND are the prime suspects to take the series lead. But, then again, stranger things have happened in the J/70 class when odds-on favorites seemingly take a “dumpster dive”, never to be seen again!
Chasing them hard are several tenacious crews, some sailing for the first time this winter, others banking on experience in both Tampa and Key West to bolster their chances. The last time around Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE walked off with honors in QJWS II, but they will be hard pressed to hold off teams like Kerry Klingler’s MENACE, John Brim’s RIMETTE, Tony Rey’s POWERPLAY, Darby Smith’s AFRICA, Allan Terhune’s DAZZLER, Will Welles’ SCAMP and John Wilsey’s SEA BAGS SAILING TEAM.
In the Corinthians class, it is a wide-open affair. Andrew Fisher’s BUTTON FLY will be up against Bryan Cameron’s B-SQUARED, Ed Austin’s CHINOOK, Henry Brauer’s RASCAL, and Rob Britts’ HOT MESS (Key West Corinthian Champion). However, again, the Corinthians class has many new faces for this event, so the betting is off for the top three! For more Quantum J/70 Winter Series sailing information.