Key West, FL -- The foreceast on Day Three of Quantum Key West was dismal, with less than 5 knots predicted for the entire day, but in the morning a light northerly arose so after only a one hour delay racing started in 6-8 knots and flat water.
As in the first two days, the HPR entries dominated the front row of the starts, and with their size and speed TONNERRE and TRUE were typically free to find clear air and get their preferred positions on the course.
In the first race of the day, SPOOKIE's good start, speed on the beat and positioning had them overlapped with TRUE at the top mark, which then translated to a win on corrected time, their third for the series.
But disaster struck for them in the second race, where a spinnaker halyard shackle opened, letting the sail drfit to the water, a loss unrecoverable in this close competitive class. A building breeze to 9-10 knots also allowed Greg Slyngstad's J/125 HAMACHI to score his first win in the series.
More breeze is forecast for the remainder of the week as the series continues for Thursday and Friday.