Quantum Key West Race week closed with a bang

Quantum Racing named Boat of the Week and Hot Mess earns Corinthian honors!

By winning the final race of the highly competitive 52 Super Series and with it the class championship, Doug De Vos’ (Ada, MI) Quantum Racing was awarded Boat of the Week honors at the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week hosted by the Storm Trysail Club.

Quantum Racing was placed sixth in the pro-laden class at mid-week, 8 points off the lead, but battled back with a 2-1-1 over the final three races to claim the victory by 6 points over Harm Müller Speers’ Platoon from Germany, the early series leader.

The coveted Boat of the Week trophy came down to the 52 Super Series and J/70 Class, but ultimately was awarded to Quantum Racing. "Based on the closeness of the racing from start to finish, the 52 Super Series is the most competitive class we’ve ever had at race week," said Division 1 Principal Race Officer Ken Legler, who’s been coming to race week for 23 years.

The Corinthian Boat of the Week was awarded to Rob Britts’ (Tierra Verde, FL) Hot Mess, which finished 15th in the J/70 Class.

The Sailing World Youth Trophy, for the crew with the youngest average age, was presented to Gannon Troutman’s (Gloucester, VA) Pied Piper, which placed 12th in the J/70 Class.

The 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week saw the seven racing classes complete 10 or 12 races, all as scheduled. The Performance Cruising Class also completed five races, as scheduled. The week started with a windy and wavy southeasterly that faded over the course of four days before swinging around to a light southerly for today’s conclusion. Many sailors felt the conditions were "typical of Key West Race Week" and they complemented the race committee’s judgment.

Quantum Key West Race week closed with a bang