The Clean Report
Rough Day at the Office
It was a rough start to a messy Day 1 of Key West Race Week – for the weather, the Race Committee, and for our On-The-Water Anarchy, presented by Quantum Sails.
Forecasts were for good breeze, but the first race started in 12-15 knots, just the kind of conditions that create uncomfortable chop without really letting the boats break free. On Circle 2 (M24, M32, J/105), an intense rain squall blew through the course about 20 minutes after the starts, reducing visibility to 20 feet for 5-10 minutes. The RC reset the marks to accommodate a big right shift, but somehow messed up the compass heading by more than 20 degrees, and at least one protest was filed to throw out the race. We tracked down Luigi, who agreed that it was a clear error, though he thought the remedy might be to score the boats in the position they were in at the previous mark. On the same course, Luigi’s midline boat’s anchor was hooked by a 32, which proceeded to sail upwind towing the line boat. The RC didn’t earn any more praise with the 90-minute postponement they ran, either. All three circles ran only two races, and other than Division 2, the fleets were done before 3:00.