News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Key West Race Week - Warpath into the final day

Key West Race Week - Warpath into the final day

'Steve Howe | Warpath - Key West Race Week 2011'    © JOY / IM32CA    Click Here to view large photo

Key West Race Week 2011 is officially on the homestretch to completion with absolutely no change in the top three Melges 32 fleet leaders.

Steve Howe's Warpath (Morgan Larson, tactician) is very much in charge, Doug Douglas' Goombay Smash (Chris Larson, tactician) holds steady in second while Alex Jackson on Leenabarca (Rob Greenhalgh, tactician) is third overall. Friday's racing is destined to be intense as only three points separate the top runners.

Thursday commenced under foggy conditions, prompting a short on-land postponement and practically no breeze. Once out on the water, the fog lifted and the breeze built just enough to enable the fleet to go racing around noon.

Both Japanese teams got out front early with Keisuke Suzuki on Swing (Vasco Vascotto, tactician) proving he was the boat to beat in race one. Yuikihiro Ishida's Yasha Samurai (Hamish Pepper, tactician) commanded the fleet through the first mark then the gate with Suzuki overtaking the lead on last beat to the finish. Suzuki took first, Ishida was second and Italy's Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica (Michele Paoletti, tactician) finished in third.

Steve Howe | Warpath - Key West Race Week 2011 -!©_JOY_-_IM32CA   Click Here to view large photo

Fleet newcomer Mark Plaxton on INTAC (Anthony Kotoun, tactician) took home top honors in race two — a proud, yet humbling experience. 'This feels amazing. This class, and the sailors within this class are awesome so, the victory that I feel now is only for the moment.' said Plaxton, post racing.

'Our plan is to remain humble and respectful. We know we need to be more consistent. This class is so much fun. I'm lovin' it. The whole team is lovin' it. Today's success is attributed to a great team, so hats off to, in particular, to Peter Holmberg for making this event great.'

It's the first time that Plaxton has competitively sailed his new-found purchase. 'In addition to having never sailed a Melges 32 before, I've never sailed an asymmetrical before now either.' continued Plaxton. 'There is such a steep learning curve, but my favorite part about the Melges 32 is the class and the people that I am sailing against. It's simply amazing.'

Terry McSweeney's Flat Stanley (Seadon Wijsen, tactician) celebrated a remarkable second race finishing second, just ahead of Douglas in third. Cirillo finished fourth and Jackson rounded out the top five.
Undoubtedly, Friday will be epic. With only three points separating the top three, the class is anticipating a great final day of racing.

Event Website - click here
Melges 32 website

by Joy Dunigan


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

2:27 AM Fri 21 Jan 2011 GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2011 Key West Race Week

Related News Stories:

23 Jan 2011  Key West Race Week 2011- Mascalzone Latino Audi wins
22 Jan 2011  Key West Race Week - Images of day five by Leighton Oconnor
22 Jan 2011  Key West Race Week 2011 gets thrilling finish
22 Jan 2011  Key West Race Week Goombay Team smash seals the deal
22 Jan 2011  Clarke and Bjorn Sailing Team Key West winners
22 Jan 2011  Key West Race Week Melges 32 images by Joy Dunigan
21 Jan 2011  Key West Race Week 2011 - No lead is safe
21 Jan 2011  Key West Race Week Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery
21 Jan 2011  Key West Race Week - Day 3 Melges 32 images
20 Jan 2011  Key West Week 2011 - Light air tests leaders on day three

News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature by Richard Gladwell,

NYYC Race Week - Yachting history on display
Rescued sailors reach shore after dramatic ocean rescue
Half Ton Classics Cup: Swuzzlebubble out front on Day 1 + Video
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Yachting history on display
Volvo Cork Week - Thrilling conditions welcome international fleet
Nacra 17 Europeans: Success for Italy's Bissaro and Sicouri
America's Cup: 2017 venue short-list reduced to two Cities
Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall
49er and 49erFX Europeans: Pitfalls aplenty on day 1 + Video
ISAF Youth Worlds - Laser Radial sailors look to join list of legends
Coville soon to chase solo circumnavigation record in giant trimaran
Fierce competition at the Meanline Fins Slalom Challenge
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel opt for experienced winner
Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature
Crew rescued by navy patrol from J/111 racer after Mayday in storm
Team Alvimedica practice in Newport, RI - Photos
18 foot skiff European Championship (Open Europeans) - Final results
Nacra 17 European Championships - No action on day 1
ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 sailors prepare for battle + Video
Volvo Ocean Race: Eight new crew members named by teams
Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket Island is ready to host   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Cyril Moussilmani and Delphine Cousin on top   
Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2   
America's Cup: Luna Rossa foiling in AC45s at their Italian base   
Star World Championship - Germans claim dramatic win in Malcesine   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Down to the wire in Turkmenistan   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre - Off to France!   
Nacra 17 Europeans - La Grande Motte back in Olympic classes arena   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Hansen hat trick in Marstrand + Video   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Race keeps an eye on Arthur   
World Match Racing Tour: See the Finals replay at the Stena Match Cup   
Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - First blood to Hansen over Canfield + Video   
Star World Championship - Americans claim race win in Malcesine   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Weather halts action on day 4   
Clipper Race - Henri Lloyd wins OneDLL Cup into Den Helder   
Clipper Race - Close match racing in closing stages of the OneDLL Cup   
Volvo Ocean Race: Spanish play catch-up with under 100 days to go   
World Match Racing Tour: Catch the live action at the Stena Match Cup   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT