Big Wind, Heavy Seas for Day One of Quantum Key West Race Week

Photo by Amory Ross.

After a practice day, day one of racing at Quantum’s Key West Race Week has finally arrived. Per the race committee, it’s looking to be a perfect day to get in a lot of racing. From the event’s official blog:

Our official weather guru George Caras of Commander’s Weather discussed with us how the high pressure system currently over the Carolinas today will start moving East which means our breeze will be clocking to the right. We’ll kick-off racing with a wind direction of 050-070, and expecting it to shift more 060-080 by early afternoon and finally to about 070-090 as we wrap up racing.
As stated in the title, it’s a BIG breeze that will sustain itself between 18-20 kts with the potential for mid-day gusts at or above 24-25 kts. This same level of wind has been sustained overnight, kicking up the sea state to about 4-6 feet, which means our RC and sailors will be holding on all day. Hiking will be a must. The Mount Gay Rum will be well earned come end of day!
There’s plenty of people out on the water today that will provide excellent coverage on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks, but we have some favorites:
  • Leighton O’Connor, sailing photographer. Twitter.
  • Sara Proctor, Mascalzone Latino official photographer. Blog.
  • Tim Wilkes, official event photographer. Photo search.