Down to the Wire
Bright sun, shifty and moderate conditions, and big action dominated Key West today, making Key West On-The-Water Anarchy, presented by Quantum Sails the most entertaining it’s ever been.
Our live report came from the Melges 24/32 and J/105 course, where Jeff Ecklund’s Star continued to struggle against an onslaught by Joe Woods’ Red. Red grabbed the top spot by one point despite losing a crew member to a dislocated shoulder in the first race, while New Wave is attacking from behind with a 2,2,1 in the last three races. Story of the day? Amy Neill’s and the sentimental SA favorites on Nitemare, with a solid bullet and a strong second place in the 8-12 knots on the course today.
The Italians continue to dominate the M24 class, though Uka Uka Racing looked more reachable today with a 5,2. It’s unlikely anyone will touch them, though it’s a big fleet and any big mistake could change that quickly, letting Blu Moon or Joe Fly squeak in. One team just waiting for a hiccup from Italy is Alan Field’s WTF. Amateur driver Field is top US helm, and top amateur helm, and he is having a blast. He was tickled to death at their victory in Race 7, when they crossed the line nearly three minutes before the second place boat – an absolute eternity at the top level of the M24 fleet.