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Acura Key West

Covering all Classes





Division 1 (Farr 40, Melges 32, Mumm30)

Division 2 (IRC 1, IRC 2, IRC 3, PHRF 1, PHRF 2 )

Division 3 (Melges 24, J/105, J/80)

Division 4 (Corsair 28R, J/109, PHRF 3, PHRF 4, PHRF 5, PHRF 6)

2008 Race Dates: January 21 - 25

January 26 2007

Acura Key West 2007 - 20th Edition Wrap Up

-- World Class Competition and Unbeatable Conditions

Boat of the Week  - The Acura Trophy

Giacomel Audi Racing, Melges 24, Riccardo Simoneschi, Italy

International Team  - The Nautica Watches Trophy

Team Switzerland - Artemis, Alinghi, Blu Moon

PHRF National Championship

   NKE Electronics, Beneteau 10R, Bobby Oberg, Annapolis, Md

Award Photos: Ken Stanek





GPS race tracking from all the major fleets. Kattacktm


Photo Gallery 

Photos from the Week



Boat Photos: Tim Wilkes






Monday - Nautica Watches Day
Alinghi - Farr 40
Ernesto Bertarelli, Geneva, SUI



Tuesday - City Of Key West Day

Let's Roll - Melges 32

Claudio Recchi, Italy




Wednesday - Mount Gay Rum Day

Pegasus 505 - Melges 24

Dave Ullman, Santa Ana, CA




Thursday - Industry Partner Day

Southern Sun - Mumm 30

Bruce Eddington, Narre Warren, AUS




Friday - Acura Day

El Ocaso - PHRF 2 - J/120

Rick Wesslund, San Francisco, CA






BOAT OF THE WEEK  - The Acura Trophy

The ultimate prize at Key West is the 'Boat of the Week'. This prestigious award will be presented to the boat which triumphs in the class with the closest most competitive racing.

Over the years, lowest score evolved into a dual criteria, utilizing time and distance sailed, and in subsequent years, factors and formulas were added and refined. In 2003, qualitative assessment was included in the analysis, and it was favorably received.

This year will again utilize the mix of quantitative and qualitative assessment and comparisons.

The quantitative criteria takes the series score into account, subtracting the points of the class winner from the 5th place boat. The fewer the points between 1st and 5th the better the result. For boats in handicap classes, we also review corrected times and deltas among the top boats in handicap classes and use this as part of the qualitative criteria. This assessment will also be a factor in determining Boat of the Day.

The qualitative component considers the varying conditions and classes on each of the 4 courses. Starts, finishes, mark roundings, protest decisions, class size, boats that drop out and other situations not reflected in finish times are all taken into consideration. The Race Chairman will call upon his 4 Principal Race Officers and Spotters to report their observations before determining the Boat of the Day and Boat of the Week winners. Each class is eligible for only one Boat of the Day Award during race week.

No criteria is perfect - including ours. We'll continue to look at this issue and strive to develop the very best method for ensuring that the Boat of the Week Trophy is presented to the class winner which triumphs in the most competitive, closely contested class during race week.