Key West Race Week 2007, by Kerry Klingler.

 

After sailing a week like this, it’s hard to believe why any sailor would not attend this regatta.  The combination of a great regatta, super weather, crystal clear water, and fun competition.  This makes Key West Race Week one of the premier regattas in the world.  The crew of the yacht Lifted consisting of Kerry Klingler (Helm), Doug Lynn (Trim), Neil Bresnan (Pit and Tactics), and Jay Lurie (Bow and Tactics) Sailing in their second regatta as a team, won Key West Race Week by a narrow margin of 6 points over the Yacht Rumor, and the Father / Son Storck team.  When you consider that we sailed 9 races over 5 days this margin of victory was pretty slim.  The Storck’s pressed us to the end with finishes of 2, 3, 1, 1 in the last four races.  It was a good thing we had a nice lead after Tuesday to carry us through the week.  This year’s regatta was sailed in mostly light air, with wind speeds from 4 to 8 knots. 

 

One of the important things we were working on was to sail in the lighter wind with slightly looser upper shrouds than we have in the past.  By backing off the upper shrouds 3 turns the rig powered up and the boat speed was great.  The other thing we did was to make sure the jib lead was far enough forward to make sure the sail broke evenly on the luff.  Finally we pulled the traveler to windward to keep the end of the boom on centerline, and sheeted the mainsheet hard enough to stall the top batten.  Then when the boat started to slow up, I would ease the mainsheet enough to get the top batten to flow.  This allowed the boat to accelerate yet maintain good pointing ability.  One of the things you have to be aware of is when you sail into a puff.  There are times that when the traveler is too high the boat will not carry speed as well.  So when the whole crew is on the rail and hiking. If the boat starts to heel I eased the traveler down 6”, tensioned the backstay slightly, and sheeted the main sheet harder.  This kept the boat on its feet and sailing fast.  When the wind died, I reversed this process.  Pulling the traveler to windward, easing the sheet, and the backstay.  We never stopped working the boat to try and keep the boat pointing and having good speed through the water. 

 

The other advantage we enjoyed was great down wind speed.  There were key times were we were able to reel in the competition, and pass boats downwind.  I think this was due to our spinnaker, which is a great downwind sail. Plus the ability of the crew to know how to sail deep as possible but still recognize when to heat the boat up and get some speed.  A lot of times our competition was trying to sail too deep, the result would be a sudden lost of distance to their competition.  I think one of the keys we use is to match angle of our competitors, but not sail deeper.  Make speed our primary goal. 

 

The Final ingredient to the week was good crew work.  These guys worked together as a team and had consistently good boat handling.  This allowed me to attack the race and push our competitors.  So to the team of Lifted, thanks so much for your commitment to success.  You guys made for a fun week. 

 

Key West Race Week 2007

 

 

Place

#

Boat Name

Owner

Home Port

R 1

R 2

R 3

R 4

R 5

R 6

R 7

R 8

R 9

Total

1

12

Lifted

Kerry Klingler

"Larchmont, NY"

2

1

1

2

- 7

3

1

2

2

14

2

01

Rumor

John Storck Jr.

"Huntington, NY"

1

3

4

5

- 6

2

3

1

1

20

3

17

EmotionalRescue

Magnus Tyreman

"Stockholm, SWE"

4

8

3

3

- 10

4

2

4

8

36

4

06

Angry Chameleon

Kristen Robinson

"Annapolis, MD"

5

4

- 11

4

4

5

6

6

5

39

5

08

BlkRiver Racing

Doug Strebel

"Kemah, TX"

- 18 dnc

18 dnc

2

1

8

1

4

5

4

43

6

02

Kicks

Bill Rose

"League City, TX"

3

2

5

6

3

10

- 14

10

6

45

7

11

Parsons Project

Paul Parsons

"Houston, TX"

- 10

6

6

10

2

6

10

9

3

52

8

16

Bone Chillin

Alan Simonini

"Cornelius, NC"

6

10

- 12

8

5

7

5

3

11

55

9

14

Christe

John DiMatteo

"Centerport, NY"

9

5

7

7

1

9

- 15

12

7

57

10

15

Sweet Baby J

Robin Team

"Beaufort, NC"

8

7

9

9

9

12

- 16

7

15

76

11

09

Le Cluster

Walter Caldwell

"Seabrook, TX"

7

9

8

- 13

11

13

12

8

9

77

12

07

Gostosa

J Kirchhoff/K Hayes

"Gilford, NH"

11

- 15

14

12

12

8

8

13

12

90

13

05

The Office

Steve Coneys

"Weare, NH"

14

12

10

11

13

14

13

11

- 16

98

14

13

Veloce

Brian Louther

"Madison, WI"

13

11

15

15

- 16

15

7

14

10

100

15

04

Willy T

Jan Smeets

"Larchmont, NY"

15

14

13

- 17

14

11

9

15

14

105

16

10

Harmattan

David Leavenworth

"Dillon, CO"

16

13

- 17

16

17

17

11

16

13

119

17

03

Bear Instinct

Jon Morris

"St. Paul, MN"

12

16

16

14

15

16

- 17

17

17

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