Saturday, January 18, 2014

RACE WEEK

photo by Andy Newman

After weeks of strong gusting winds in Key West, I sit here looking out over the water one day away from the 2014 Quantum Sailboat Races... and the palms are motionless and the water looks like glass. Great conditions for power boats, not so good for sailboat races, but I'm sure it will change.

Last year, I sailed into Key West aboard Kairos during race week. The marina was humming with excitement, boats coming and going. I will see the races from a different view this year. Several customers in the store this week buying anchor chain, shackles, and wearing matching jackets with sponsor logos, are participants in this year's race. A few telling me "ciao", and one familiar face to many... Dale Earnhardt Jr. I don't know if he's here because it's race week, or just when he decided to take a vacation.

photo by Tim Wilkes
The races start Sunday, the 19th. The marinas will be buzzing during the day, and the bars busy with race chatter at night.
photo by Tim Wilkes

There is always something going on in Key West. We are always looking for an excuse to eat, drink and be merry! This week.... sailboat races!

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