The Quantum Key West Race Week concluded over the weekend in Florida USA, with Groovederci dominating the Farr 30 division, finishing with a perfect scorecard of ten straight wins.
by Erin McKnight
The yacht’s performance has been hailed as 'one of the most impressive performances of the regatta', which attracts high profile yachts and professional sailors from all ends of the globe.
The ten-race series started on Monday and saw a range of wind conditions over the five day event. The first day of the regatta saw gusts of up to 22 knots, reaching the upper wind limit for the Farr 30 class and creating exciting challenges on the water.
However the wind moderated throughout the regatta, and at times yachts were seen drifting between whiskers of breeze, keeping trimmers on their toes and constantly changing gears.
Groovederci’s trimmer, Australian Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones commented 'We did it tough today, it was very close racing. Day One was quite testing - at one point we were as far back as fourth in the fleet and we struggled to claw our way back up. Yesterday was very light and shifty but we managed to keep the boat going fast.
Having won the regatta with two races to spare was comforting, but we still wanted to come out here today and race. It has been an awesome week with great conditions – and it feels very nice to come through with ten wins!'
Quantum Key West Race Week is the first event in which the Groovederci team has competed since their World Championship win in San Francisco last September. Owner Deneen Demourkas (USA) praised the efforts of her crew, with tactician Philippe Mourniac, trimmers Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones and Cameron Biehl, and bowman Andrew Hudson contributing to both the World Championship win last year and their perfect score-card at Key West.
It seems that the Groovederci team will be well placed to dominate the Farr 30 racing circuit in 2012.
Other podium placed Farr 30s at Key West included the USA based Theend (Richard Goransson), who finished the regatta in second place on 29 points, and Mummbles (Brad Kauffman) closely behind in third place overall. Full results from Quantum Key West 2012 can be found here: http://www.premiere-racing.com/
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6:58 AM Mon 23 Jan 2012 GMT
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