Some of the hottest sailboats and crews in the world have begun arriving in Southern Florida for next week’s Key West Race Week, scheduled for January 18-22.
Although the island has been experiencing record cold temperatures as a result of the recent cold snap, the forecast is for more seasonable balmy conditions by the time of the first start on Monday.
Numbers are down, with just over 130 entries, but the racing should be as intense as ever, with top boats from more than a dozen different countries and 20 states taking part.
IRC, PHRF and one-design boats will race in three divisions. Grand Prix headliners include the Farr 40 and Melges 32 fleets. The turnout for both classes is up from last year, with an impressive roster of Olympians, America’s Cup and world champions in the mix. They will be joined on Division 1 by two IRC classes. IRC entrants range in size from 40 feet to Irvine Laidlaw’s Wally 82-foot Highland Fling XI.
New to race week this year is a multihull handicap class. They will start first on Division 3. There is plenty of optimism for growing this class of trimarans and catamarans in 2011.
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