Kenai wins ORC Overall Trophy in Ft. Lauderdale - Key West


14 January 2017

  Chris and Karen Lewis’s J/44 Kenai have won the inaugural ORC perpetual trophy in the 160-mile Ft Lauderdale - Key West Race for best corrected time using ORC scoring. The race is organized annually by the Lauderdale YC and the Storm Trysail Club.

With strong East and Southeast winds, this year’s race was fast, with Peter and David Askew’s R/P 74 Wizard getting first-to-finish honors as well as setting a new course record of 10 H 18 M 50 S. The outstanding result was no fluke, and it was not just because of the weather, which came through with a late shift and increase in velocity as Wizard passed Boca Chica Key, to help the team nip the record at the line by only 10 minutes, according to Tactician Chris Larson, a member of the last two crews to break the race record. Larson credited an all-star crew with flawless sail-handling, to keep the gears shifting smoothly all the way down and around the Keys, no small task on such a boat.

Being prepared to shift gears as you progress down the course and steer more westerly is one of the more consistent lessons of the Lauderdale to Key West Race, but there were other recurring lessons on display across the top of the leader-board this year. Kenai, with Storm Trysail Club Commodore Lenny Sitar aboard, set a good examples of the old adage about sailing the shortest course possible. Those following on the tracker saw that Kenai navigator H.L. Devore consistently had Kenai in the inside position, all the way down the course.

Kenai is staying in Key West this week to race in Quantum Key West Race Week, where there are 10 boats entered in the ORC Class, the only handicap racing class at this prestigious international event, with racing to happen daily from Monday - Friday, 16-20 January.



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