Rob reports in from Key West

Rob reports in from Key West

Sunday January 16 2011 Author: Greenhalgh Location: United States

It was good to get home and chill out over Christmas but I have to say it was nice to leave the freezing cold weather in the UK. The first regatta of the year looks like a baptism of fire. The crew on Alex Jackson's Leenabarca looks good, with Kelvin Harrap and Andy Hemmings on the boat, we are aiming high. But this is a hot fleet and we won’t get it all our own way. The class at Key West has a highly competitive fleet of 21 entries from eight different countries. We are expecting some full-on action.

Leenabarca will be lining up on the start for some electric racing, offshore on the Key West shelf. Races should be incredibly close, as the pocket rocket one-design class is bristling with talent. Thee fleet is packed with outstanding sailors from the Olympics, America’s Cup and match racing circuit including; Paul Goodison, Andy Beadsworth, Chris Larson, Peter Holmburg, Vasco Vascotti, Hamish Pepper, Gavin Brady, Tony Rey and Ed Baird.

Tactical weather expert, Mike Broughton from Winning Wind predicts a week of changeable weather along the Florida Keys, with a cracking start to the regatta. “It looks like a lively start with a mini low pressure system 200 miles west of southern Florida, sweeping north east, bringing east south east winds of between 14 and 22 knots. This should provide planing conditions for the fleet, giving them some electric racing.” For updates and comment visit: www.robertgreenhalgh.com

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