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Key West- Day 5

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It wasn’t hard to figure out who the winners were upon conclusion of Quantum Key West 2013.  Celebration and jubilation were the order of the day for those teams that captured championships after a challenging week of intense competition. All agreed that winning Key West this year was a particularly stellar accomplishment since it featured some of the most spectacular conditions in the 26-year history of the annual midwinter regatta.

J/70 was the largest class at Quantum Key West 2013 with 39 boats and the brand new design was showcased with some spectacular racing. North Sails pro Tim Healy and his experienced team on Helly Hansen seized the lead on Thursday then held it by winning both races on Friday, which featured 14-16 knot winds. Geoff Becker (tactician), John Mollicone (trimmer) and Dave Reed (foredeck) comprised the crew on Helly Hansen.

“It was really fun to figure out how to sail the boat. Right up to the last race we were working on tuning and experimenting with techniques,” said Healy, a J/24 champion who was making his J/70 debut. “We went out early every morning and tinkered with sail trim and rig tune. We made progress every day and the crew worked very hard at fine-tuning every maneuver.”

David Franzel (Somerville, MA) captured the Corinthian portion of J/70 class, consisting of 12 boats that did not have a professional aboard. Franzel sailed Spring to a steady stream of firsts and seconds within the Corinthian contingent.
 

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