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Dec. 30, 2003  --- For Immediate Release

CHESTNUTS ROASTED, NUMBERS CRUNCHED, CLASS BREAKS POSTED
         112 PHRF Boats Aligned for Terra Nova Trading Key West 2004

KEY WEST, Fla.---The fleet for North America's largest keelboat regatta has fallen into place with the posting of PHRF class breaks for Terra Nova Trading Key West 2004, presented by Nautica. A wide variety of 112 handicap boats from 24 to 75 feet will compete in 11 classes, the most ever, reaffirming the event's status as the "unofficial" PHRF National Championship.

They are among 296 total entries to date, complementing 184 one-design boats. The class breaks, individual boat handicaps, complete entry lists and much more information may be seen at www.Premiere-Racing.com.

The PHRF handicaps and preliminary class breaks were posted by Premiere Racing and came with a holiday flair:

'Twas the night after Christmas and all through the town
Just one creature was stirring and shaking handicaps down.
The boats were all listed on the spreadsheet with care
in hopes that The Answer soon would be there.

The entrants were anxious, and checked the web site,
seeing visions of appeals and a 3 second per mile fight.
With Bruce on the cell phone and Peter on email,
we waited to see what the classes would entail.

When out with the sub-classes there arose such a clatter,
I looked up from my database to see what was a matter.
Alert to the details we squinted at apps,
recalculated the DLs and stared at the stats.

Sail Area / Displacement, both upwind and down,
gave an aura of science---numeric and profound.
And what to the event director's eyes did appear
but an answer, a scratch sheet, all perfectly clear!

With a little adjustment---some updates and changes,
he knew in a moment they'd found the right ranges.
Far better than rating bands with classes they came,
and he whistled and shouted and called them by name.

On Big Boats, on Swans! On sport boats and PHRF sevens!
On Corsairs, on IMS, on (can it be) PHRF ELEVENs?
Four racing circles, 21 classes, 18 starts,
Now put aside the numbers and race with your hearts!

Race they will, for five days Monday through Friday, Jan. 19-23. Currently, the entry list represents 16 countries and 30 states coast to coast.

Event Director Peter Craig saluted PHRF Consortium Chairman Bruce Bingman and his seven PHRF experts from sailing hot spots around the country for their efforts in assigning handicaps tailored to Key West conditions and courses. He noted "the hundreds of hours of work spent in researching, evaluating and debating to establish Key West specific handicaps."

That done, the aim then was to establish appropriate classes matching boats by performance characteristics.

"We fully recognize that getting class breaks right is as important to 'good PHRF racing' as assigning proper handicaps," Craig said. "One of our primary goals, based on feedback from participating PHRF owners over the years, is to provide 'like racing'---that is, to ensure that boats which perform in a similar fashion in a variety of different conditions are racing together."

This is far better than using the handicap as the sole or primary class determinant. If that were policy, the rating bands would be tighter but races would be decided by the conditions, not the performance of the competitors that day. 

Does the system work? Last January first and second place in four PHRF classes were decided by no more than two points. This just in from Key West regular Guy deBoer, "Hats off to the entire PHRF committee. I read and reviewed all the classes and truly feel that you have done a wonderful job. From our perspective Div 2 Class 6 is about perfect."

Dr. Ira Zaslow, who is bringing his Swan 40, Willowind, from Newport, R.I., said, "In PHRF it's tough to race apples and oranges, but Premiere Racing puts on a good program. They also listen when we owners put our two cents' worth in."

Competition will be on four courses designated as Divisions 1 through 4, set side by side off the south shore of the island. PHRF classes 1-6 will be on Division 2, along with the Corsair 24 and 28R trimarans. PHRF 7-11 will be farthest to the east on Division 4 with the C&C 99 and T-10 classes.

Divisions 1 (Swan 45, Farr 40, Mumm 30) and 3 (Melges 24, J/105 and J/80) will be strictly one-design.

Title Sponsor, Terra Nova Trading, L.L.C. (member NASD, SIPC & PCX), is recognized as an innovative leader in Electronic Direct Access Trading. The Chicago-based firm enables customers to electronically route orders to major markets and ECNs. Terra Nova Trading's technology partner, Townsend Analytics, Ltd., is the developer of the premier real-time trading platform, RealTick(r), which is also a Key West sponsor.

Nautica has upgraded its role to the Presenting Sponsor level. The winners of the multi-boat International Team Competition will receive the Nautica Trophy.

Mount Gay Rum, Lewmar, Samson Rope Technologies, Pearson Yachts, Raymarine and the Florida Keys and Key West Tourist Development Council round out the official line-up. The Historic Seaport is the Official Site for the event.
The Performance Sailing Industry Partner Program, now in its third year, features 26 companies that have made a multi-year commitment to the event.

Entry documents, planning information and the current entry list are available on the event web site: www.Premiere-Racing.com.

PRESS OFFICER
Rich Roberts
(310) 835-2526
For more information: CONTACT US
Terra Nova Online: www.TerraNovaOnline.com


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Dec. 4 , 2003  --  For Immediate Release

KEY WEST ENTRIES WIDE-SPREAD AS DEADLINE APPROACHES
    
Current List Shows Boats from 17 Countries and 24 States

KEY WEST, Fla.---Oh, they're so eager!

Maybe the first nips of winter make them impatient for balmy breezes over turquoise waters, but more than half of the sailors who will compete in Terra Nova Trading Key West 2004, presented by Nautica, next month have submitted their entry applications.

The current list represents five continents, 17 countries and 24 states, and is on track to meet the 300-boat standard of recent years. One fresh entry is Tom Hill's Reichel/Pugh 75, Titan 12, from San Juan, P.R. Hill's tactician will be Peter Holmberg, who was the world's No. 1-ranked match racer until he left the circuit to drive San Francisco's Oracle in the last America's Cup. He recently signed on with Switzerland's Alinghi team that will defend the Cup in 2007.

Among the North American "snowbirds" fleeing south for five days of racing Jan. 19-23 will be a flock of C&C 99s from the upper Midwest and Ontario, Canada. The harbinger of that breed was Rabbit. In 2002, with the paint barely dry on the 32-footer, designer Tim Jackett sailed the prototype to first place in PHRF 7---not bad for a product that also won Cruising World Magazine's award as the best new performance cruiser of 2002.

"The original Rabbit did really well for us," C&C marketing director Michael Minor said. "Everywhere we went to shows and events it was, 'Oh, that was the boat that won at Key West.' We want to push the fact that it is a racing boat, and getting 10 or 12 boats down to Key West is a statement."

About half of those will come from Toronto, where the fleet sails on Lakes Michigan and Ontario, except for this time of year.

The country's premiere regatta has long been a launching pad for successful new lines. The Farr 36 made its debut at Key West last January; the new Swan 45s and Corsair 24 multihulls are making theirs this year.

With seven J/120s from six states, that group now has special sub-class status. That strengthens the J/Boat presence that usually accounts for one-fourth of the entries overall. The J/105s are projecting a record number and will introduce their "President's Southern Circuit Trophy" for the best performance at Key West and institute a yellow "brag flag," akin to cycling's yellow jersey, for the current leader to fly out to the race course each day.

To recognize the significance of all long-distance efforts, the Key West Trophy will be awarded this year to the boat owner who has traveled farthest from his or her hometown. Besides the fast-growing J/105 group, invited classes include Corsair 24 and 28R, Farr 40, IMS, J/29, J/80, Melges 24, MORC, Mumm 30, PHRF, Swan 45, Open Swan and T-10.

The unofficial "PHRF National Championship" will again feature a fleet of more than 100 boats with entrants from as many as 30 states. International entrants are on the rise---it may soon be the "Unofficial PHRF World Championship."

The perennially strong Melges 24, Farr 40 and Mumm 30 fleets all have impressive numbers and rosters.

Title Sponsor, Terra Nova Trading, L.L.C. (member NASD, SIPC & PCX), is recognized as an innovative leader in Electronic Direct Access Trading. The Chicago-based firm enables customers to electronically route orders to major markets and ECNs. Terra Nova Trading's technology partner, Townsend Analytics, Ltd., is the developer of the premier real-time trading platform, RealTick(r), which is also a Key West sponsor.

Nautica has upgraded its role to the Presenting Sponsor level. The winners of the multi-boat International Team Competition will receive the Nautica Trophy.

Mount Gay Rum, Lewmar, Samson Rope Technologies, Pearson Yachts, Raymarine and the Florida Keys and Key West Tourist Development Council round out the official line-up. The Historic Seaport is the Official Site for the event.
The Performance Sailing Industry Partner Program, now in its third year, features 26 companies that have made a multi-year commitment to the event.

PRESS OFFICER
Rich Roberts
(310) 835-2526



Nov. 6, 2003  ---- For Immediate Release

ALL ROADS AND SEA LANES LEAD TO KEY WEST

KEY WEST, Fla.---The entry list for Terra Nova Trading Key West 2004, presented by Nautica, has now topped 80 with racing in America's premiere regatta 2 1/2 months away (Jan. 19-23). That's on the pace that has seen an average of 312 boats the last three years and could top the record of 326 in 2001.

Where do they all come from? From across North America and a couple of oceans---entrants already represent 20 states and 15 countries. How do they get to this charming outpost at the southernmost point of the continental United States? Any way they can.

The boat that won the Terra Nova Trading Trophy as Boat of the Week last January---Richard Bergmann's J/105, Zuni Bear---will again be towed coast to coast from California. It will be making its annual pilgrimage to the Mecca of winter sailing hooked to the back of a three-quarter-ton truck, and distance is no deterrent. California has the most entries at the moment with nine, and Bergmann plans to sail a Southeastern tour of events after Key West.

"The reason we travel is we have so much fun going to the different venues and racing against different people," he said. "When you stay in your own pond you don't get that exposure. Key West is a blast, but it's also the group we get to sail against."

There are many commercial boat movers available for delivery to Key West, including Peters & May that ships boats from Europe and elsewhere. Joule Yacht Transport and FT Yacht Services are active in the U.S. Many sailors take advantage of these professional services, but Bergmann prefers to manage his own long hauls. He'll drive I-10 across the South all the way to Florida. He has modified his Triad trailer to cushion road shock, added numerous extras to protect the boat and carries three spare tires.

Defending champions, Key West veterans and first-timers from all points are lining up their travel plans.

Examples abound: The Melges fleet includes Joe Woods from Torquay, UK, making his fifth trip, and 14-year-old Samuel (Shark) Kahn, from Soquel, Calif. and Hawaii, returning to where he first drove a Melges 24 a year earlier---and now wearing the 2003 Melges Worlds crown.

PHRF racer Pete Hunter of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., is a 10-year veteran, while Frank Kern is bringing his J/120 from Detroit, Mich. for the first time.

The Farr 40s feature returning champions Alex Geremia and Scott Harris, Santa Barbara, Calif., defending against Key West newcomers Erik Maris from Porquerolles, France, and Arien van Verndl from Willenstad, The Netherlands.

To recognize the significance of all long distance efforts, the Key West Trophy will be awarded this year to the boat owner who has traveled farthest from his or her hometown. Besides the fast-growing J/105 group, invited classes include Corsair 24 and 28R, Farr 40, IMS, J/29, J/80, Melges 24, MORC, Mumm 30, PHRF, Swan 45, Open Swan and T-10.

The unofficial "PHRF National Championship" will again feature a fleet of more than 100 boats with entrants from as many as 30 states.

The competition will expand when the Swan 45 class makes its Key West debut. The renowned yacht manufacturer, based in Pietersaari, Finland, has produced a high-performance boat with a standard carbon fiber rig. Six are already entered with 10 expected.

Title Sponsor, Terra Nova Trading, L.L.C. (member NASD, SIPC & PCX), is recognized as an innovative leader in Electronic Direct Access Trading. The Chicago-based firm enables customers to electronically route orders to major markets and ECNs. Terra Nova Trading's technology partner, Townsend Analytics, Ltd., is the developer of the premier real-time trading platform, RealTick(r), which is also a Key West sponsor.

Nautica has upgraded its role to the Presenting Sponsor level. The International Team Competition will culminate in the presentation of the Nautica Trophy to the top three-boat team.

Mount Gay Rum, Lewmar, Samson Rope Technologies, Pearson Yachts, Raymarine and the Florida Keys and Key West Tourist Development Council round out the official line-up. The Historic Seaport is the Official Site for the event. The Performance Sailing Industry Partner Program, now in its third year, features 25 companies that have made a multi-year commitment to the event.

There is still plenty of time. The first entry deadline is Dec. 10. All entry documents, planning information and past results are available on the event web site: www.Premiere-Racing.com.

PRESS OFFICER
Rich Roberts
(310) 835-2526

For more information: CONTACT US

Terra Nova Online: www.TerraNovaOnline.com




October 1, 2003 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

A Premiere Line Up for Key West 2004:
All Star Sponsors and Top Tier Competition 


Key West, FL -- Premiere Racing is pleased to announce this year's all-star line up of sponsors for Terra Nova Trading Key West 2004, presented by Nautica.

America's premiere regatta will again take place in the southernmost point in the U.S. the third week in January. One Design, PHRF and IMS programs from across the country and around the world are making plans to join no less than 300 other boats in the beautiful waters off Key West. Thanks in no small part to loyal sponsors, the event's hallmarks of top tier, professional race management and high quality shoreside activities are guaranteed. 

Scheduled January 19-23, the event will draw back familiar and formidable personalities, designs and technology. If early entries (record number for September) and class projections are any indication, another high quality, record breaking fleet is heading for Key West. 

They'll be greeted by sponsors who share their commitment to the sport of sailing and their quest for excellence.

Title Sponsor, Terra Nova Trading, L.L.C. (member NASD, SIPC & PCX), is recognized as an innovative leader in Electronic Direct Access Trading. The Chicago-based firm enables customers to electronically route orders to major markets and ECN's. Terra Nova Trading's technology partner, Townsend Analytics, Ltd., is the developer of the premier real-time trading platform, RealTick(r), which is also a Key West sponsor. The event's most prestigious award - Boat of the Week - is the Terra Nova Trading Trophy.

"Terra Nova Trading is a fitting partner to help elevate the regatta to new levels", said Event Director, Peter Craig, "We're delighted to have Terra Nova Trading and RealTick(r) back aboard for a third year. Chris Doubek and Stuart and Marr Gwen Townsend are clearly committed to the sport and loyal to this event."

Nautica's upgrade to the Presenting Sponsor level is exciting news for the regatta. Nautica Watches and Nautica Eyewear made their debut last year and Monday of race week will again be designated NAUTICA Day. The International Team Competition will culminate in the presentation of the NAUTICA Trophy to the top three-boat team. 

Mount Gay Rum is again the Official Rum of race week. The "sailors' rum" has been a sponsor at Key West for 16 continuous years. Lewmar, Samson Rope Techologies, and Pearson Yachts are all back for a third consecutive year. Lewmar is the Official Marine Hardware. Samson Rope Technologies is the Official Cordage, and Pearson Yachts' True North 38 is the Official Race Committee Boat. Raymarine, a first time sponsor, is the Official Marine Electronics Supplier for race week. 

The Key West business community and the Florida Keys and Key West Tourist Development Council have played important roles in the success of the regatta. The Historic Seaport is the Official Site for the event.

The Performance Sailing Industry Partner Program, now in its third year, features 24 companies that have made a multi-year commitment to the event. Details about this important program and participating companies are on the event web site.

For more information: CONTACT US

Terra Nova Online: www.TerraNovaOnline.com

 

 

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