Two races held in light shifty conditions, but whole class is within only two points

Stephen Murray’s Carkeek HPR 40 DECISION has taken the early lead after two races held in today’s light and shifty winds of the first day of racing at Quantum Key West. The New Orleans-based team’s 3-1 score puts them ahead of runner-up ROCK & ROLL, Bernie Girod’s Farr 400, by only a point, while Marc Ewing’s MC 38 RIOT and Steve & Heidi Benjamin’s Carkeek HPR 40 SPOOKIE are on 5 and 6 points, respectively.

“The racing today was extremely close,” said Murray, “and I think a testament to the recent progress made on the HPR rule development.”

Indeed, the first race’s winner, ROCK & ROLL, did so by only a 15 second margin over runner-up RIOT in corrected time after 1 hour and 42 minutes of racing on the 4-lap windward-leeward course - a difference of 0.25%. The corrected time margin from first to last in the class was only 1:19, a difference of 1.3%, a remarkably close result given the long race and light conditions.

In Race 2, it was DECISION’s turn to take the win, but also by only a 15 second margin over runner-up SPOOKIE in a 1 hour 17 minute race.

“This class is closer and more competitive than what we had last year,” said Murray, “and I think anyone can win it. This will be a tough week ahead.” Decision is the reigning HPR Class champion here at Key West.

Racing resumes tomorrow at Quantum Key West with the first start scheduled for 11:30 local time, and a more favorable 10-20 knot breeze in the forecast which is sure to bring more close racing to this class.

See results online as they happen at www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=918.