Quantum Key West 2012 - Day 2

Key West, Florida, USA: With three races conducted in strong winds, there was opportunity for boats to make a significant move in the standings on the second day of Quantum Key West 2012. Or in some cases it was a chance to further increase leads taken on Day 1.
Race committees on all three courses completed three races in 8-14 knot easterly winds. With five races in the bag, organizers with Premiere Racing are already halfway to the stated goal of holding 10 races during the five-day regatta.
There was a lead change in the Farr 40 class with Charisma (Nico Poons, Monaco) and Struntje Light (Wolfgang Schaefer, Germany) overtaking Groovederci (John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, Cal.). Struntje Light has posted a pair of seconds and finished no lower than fourth in the seven-boat fleet, but Charisma holds the overall lead via tiebreaker by virtue of winning Race 5.
Renowned Italian professional and America's Cup veteran Vasco Vascotta is calling tactics aboard Struntje Light, which has competed in Farr 40 class at Key West ever since 2002 with a top finish of third.

PowerPlay lived up to its name by making a strong move in IRC 2 class with a strong line of 1-3-4 on Tuesday. Owner Peter Cunningham, a resident of Georgetown in the Cayman Islands, has a nice mix of amateur and professional crew with tactician Tony Rey, trimmer Dave Scott and bowman Geordie Shaver among the superstars aboard.
Quantum Racing, skippered by Doug DeVos, continues to set the pace in the 52-foot class and leads PowerPlay by six points. Terry Hutchinson, helmsman for the Swedish syndicate Artemis Racing that is Challenge of Record for the America's Cup, has made strong tactical calls in leading Quantum to victory in three races and second in the two others.
In other classes, the three-race day merely served as an opportunity for the early leaders to extend on the competition. Ran, a Judel-Vrolijk 72-footer, continues to sail impressively in the Mini Maxi class (IRC 1), winning all five races so far. Red, skippered by Joe Woods of Great Britain with Paul Goodison aboard as tactician, has accomplished the same feat in the inaugural Farr 400 class.

* The second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2012 proved to overnight leaders (and, the rest of the fleet for that fact) that winning this championship isn't going to be as easy as yesterday may have made it seem.
With three additional races now complete, Benjamin Schwartz with tactician Ed Baird on Pisces now leads the Melges 32 fleet in Key West. Overnight leader John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti is in second place. To make things more than very interesting, the two are tied with 14 points each.
Alec Cutler with Richard Clarke as tactician on Hedgehog is third some eleven points back.

Top three after five race:

Mini Maxi (IRC 1) (IRC - 3 Boats)1. Ran, Niklas Zennstrom, UK, 5
2. Numbers, Daniel Meyers, USA, 11
3. Shockwave, George Sakellaris, USA, 14

52 Class (IRC 2) (IRC - 8 Boats)1. Quantum Racing, Doug DeVos, USA, 7
2. PowerPlay, Peter Cunningham, CAY, 13
3. TeamOrigin 1851/ Team Bella Mente, Hap Fauth, USA, 16

IRC 3 (Shared start with High Performance) (IRC - 5 Boats)1. Antilope, Willem Wester, NED, 6
2. Cool Breeze, John Cooper, USA, 14
3. Vitesse, Jon Halbert, USA, 18

Farr 40 (One Design - 7 Boats)1. Charisma, Nico Poons, Monaco, 15
2. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, 15
3. Groovederci, John Demourkas, USA, 18

Farr 400 (One Design - 5 Boats)1. Red, Joe Woods, UK, 5
2. Team Premier NorCal, H. Blackett & S. Shapiro, USA, 13
3. Meridian X, W.S. Shelhorse, USA, 16

High Performance (Shared start with IRC 3) (4 Boats)1. Stray Dog, Charles Engh, USA, 10
2. Carbonado, Rob & Sandy Butler, CAN, 11
3. Big Booty, Pat Eudy, USA, 13

Melges 32 (One Design - 19 Boats)
1. Pisces, Benjamin Schwartz, USA, 14
2. Samba Pa Ti, John Kilroy, Jr., USA, 14
3. Hedgehog, Alec Cutler, BER, 25

Melges 24 (One Design - 15 Boats)
1. West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes, Bora Gulari, USA, 5
2. WTF, Alan Field, USA, 15
3. Blu Moon, Franco Rossini, SUI, 18

Farr 30 (One Design - 7 Boats)
1. Groovederci, Deneen Demourkas, USA, 5
2. Theend, Richard Goransson, SWE, 14
3. Mummbles, Brad Kauffman, USA, 15

J 80 (One Design - 18 Boats)
1. Le Tigre, Darden Hillard, USA, 8
2. BAB - Team Gringo, Ryan Glaze, USA, 20
3. Rocad Racing, Mikael Lindqvist, SWE, 23

PHRF 1 (ToD) (PHRF - 10 Boats)
1. Teamwork, Robin Team, USA, 10
2. Tres Hombres, Kitterman, Tyer, Ghormley, USA, 10
3. Rush, Bill Sweetser, USA, 15

PHRF 2 (ToD) (PHRF - 11 Boats)
1. Tangent, Gerry Taylor, USA, 7
2. L'Outrage, Bruce Gardner, USA, 8
3. Kalevala II, Tapio Saavalainen, USA, 16.5

J Boats Subclass (ToT) (ToT - 7 Boats)

1. Teamwork (J), Robin Team, USA, 7
2. Rush (J), Bill Sweetser, USA, 12
3. Mental (J), Paul Stahlberg, USA, 15

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Quantum Key West 2012 - Day 2 Quantum Key West 2012 - Day 2 Reviewed by Panos Douros on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Rating: 5

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