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Acura Key West 2009, presented by Nautica                                               Entries as of January 16, 2009

 PRELIMINARY SCRATCH SHEET as of January 16, 2009

Race Week News - Issue One is Online!  

 

  Division 1   Division 2   Division 3    
  IRC 1  8 Melges 32 20 PHRF 1  7  
  Farr 40 12 Melges 24 33 PHRF 2  8  
  Swan 42  6 J/105 13 PHRF 3  7  
  IRC 2 13     J/80 15  
  Farr 30  5     PHRF 4  8  

 

Acura Key West 2009, presented by Nautica         PRELIMINARY SCRATCH SHEET as of January 16, 2009

DIVISION 1                                                                                             PRO Ken Legler

                                    Note: referencing NOR 8.3.4, the minimum TCC for ‘The IRC Big Boat Class’ (IRC 1) is 1.257 as listed.

1 A IRC 1              
Sail Boat Name MODEL LOA TCC Entrant Homeport Helmsman Tactician
60065 Rosebud STP 65 65 1.515 Roger Sturgeon Hyannis, MA Jack Halterman Kevin Miller
528R RAN TP52 52 1.369 Niklas Zennstrom Hamble, GBR Tim Powell Jeremy Robinson
93 Rio TP52 52 1.367 Charles Dunstone Cowes, GBR Charles Dunstone Dave Bedford
13 Synergy TP52 52 1.357 Sergey Pichugin Moscow, RUS Sergey Pichugin Cameron Dunn
38008 ANEMA & CORE JV/52 52 1.341 Ennio Staffini Annapolis, MD Ennio Staffini John Bertrand
45045 Sjambok RP 45 45 1.304 Michael Brennan Annapolis, MD Michael Brennan Matt Beck
124 Yeoman XXXII Rogers 46 46 1.277 Brian Benjamin Hamble, UK    
4908 Pace Martin 49 49 1.257 Johnny Vincent & Simon Tate London, UK J. Vincent/S. Tate Mark Heeley
               
1 B Farr 40              
Sail Boat Name MODEL LOA   Entrant Homeport Helmsman Tactician
50955 Barking Mad Farr 40 40   James Richardson Newport, RI James Richardson Terry Hutchinson
40101 Convexity Farr 40 40   Donald Wilson Chicago, IL Donald Wilson  
60002 Flash Gordon 6 Farr 40 40   Helmut Jahn Chicago, IL Helmut Jahn Bill Hardesty
2 Goombay Smash Farr 40 40   Doug Douglass Newport, RI Doug Douglass Morgan Larson
7289 Groovederci Farr 40 40   John Demourkas Santa Barbara, CA John Demourkas Cameron Appleton
1805 Joe Fly Farr 40 40   Giovanni Maspero Como, ITA Giovanni Maspero Francesco Bruni
3 Mangusta Risk Farr 40 40   Andrea Canavesio ITA Andrea Canavesio  
1 Mascalzone Latino Farr 40 40   Vincenzo Onorato Napoli, ITA Vincenzo Onorato Adrian Stead
7 Nanoq Farr 40 40   HRH Prince Frederik Copenhagen, DEN HRH Prince Frederik Ross Mcdonald
1 OZ Farr 40 40   Sedat Gulcaglayan  Istanbul, TUR Haluk Babacan Arda Baykal
60059 Plenty Farr 40 40   Alex Roepers New York, NY Alex Roepers Tony Rey
50751 Spaceman Spiff Farr 40 40   Rob Ruhlman Cleveland, OH Rob Ruhlman Jessie Sheddon
               
1 C Swan 42              
Sail Boat Name MODEL LOA   Entrant Homeport Helmsman Tactician
4235 Apparition Swan 42 42   Kenneth Colburn Newport, RI Ken Colburn Phil Garland
4216 Arethusa Swan 42 42   Phil Lotz Newport, RI    
4221 Celeritas Swan 42 42   Malcolm Gefter Newport, RI Malcolm Gefter Wally Cross
3642 Long Echo Swan 42 42   Barry Sampson Southampton, UK Barry Sampson John Greenland
4223 Tiburon Swan 42 42   Mark Watson Newport, RI Mark Watson  
4240 Vitesse Swan 42 42   Jon Halbert Dallas, TX Jon Halbert Farley Fontenot
               
1 D IRC 2              
Sail Boat Name MODEL LOA TCC Entrant Homeport Helmsman Tactician
7190 First Light DK 46 46 1.214 FK Day Chicago, IL FK Day Matt Baldwin
Cool Breeze Mills 43 43 1.168 John Cooper Cane Hill, MO John Cooper Billy Liberty
1294 Ngoni Mills 40 40 1.153 Tony Buckingham Jersey, UK Tony Buckingham Kevin Sproul
38042 Tiburon Santa Cruz 37 37 1.144 Stephen Stroub Tiburon, CA Stephen Stroub Rusty Canada
37 Santa Cruz One Santa Cruz 37 37 1.139 Tim Kernan Miami, FL    
8533 Solnes III J/133 43 1.128 Herman Bergshaven Benalmedena, ESP Herman Bergshaven  
52915 Act One King 40 40 1.127 William Titus Newport, RI    
60408 Soozal King 40 40 1.126 Daniel Woolery Pt. Richmond, CA Daniel Woolery Robbie Haines
52956 Hot Ticket King 40 40 1.125 Jim Hightower Houston, TX Jeff Kitterman Steve Ghomley
49 Gold Digger J/44 44 1.109 James Bishop Jamestown, RI James Bishop James Bishop
975 Ciao A40 RC 40 1.095 Philippe Paturel Halifax, CAN Philippe Paturel Alain Fedensieu
52939 Teamwork J/122 40 1.095 Robin Team Beaufort, NC Robin Team Jonathan Bartlett
450 Hurrycane VI Elan 450    45 1.061 Kenny Bruneflod Unterageri, SUI Bruneflod/Ericson Kenny Bruneflod
               
1 E Farr 30              
Sail Boat Name MODEL LOA   Entrant Homeport Helmsman Tactician
45 Jack-A-Roe Farr 30 30   John Dybas Chicago, IL John Dybas  
64 Kinetic Farr 30 30   David Sutcliffe Vancouver, CAN David Sutcliffe Don Martin
704 Mummbles Farr 30 30   Brad Kauffman Annapolis, MD Brad Kauffman Tom Stout
58 Mummy Syndicate Farr 30 30   G Brown Toronto, CAN    
41 Rhumb Punch Farr 30 30   John & Linda Edwards Solomons, MD John Edwards Clarke McKinney

 

DIVISION 3                                                                                             PRO Wayne Bretsch

3 A PHRF 1                  
Sail Boat Name MODEL LOA HDCP D:L SA:D Entrant Homeport Helmsman Tactician
41204 XS Custom 41 41 -6     Doug Fisher Sarasota, FL    
51171 Wairere Thompson 30 31 36 83 35.03 Pete Hunter Kill Devil Hill, NC Pete Hunter Mike Buckley
28920 El Ocaso J/120 40 48 145 21.55 Rick Wesslund Miami, FL Rick Wesslund Tad Lacey
1979 Turning Point Bene 40.7 40 51 161 20.97 Bill Bartz Chicago, IL Dave Hardy Peter Schmidt
37120 EmOcean J/120 40 51 145 21.55 Will Hanckel Charleston, SC Will Hanckel Peter Durst
2036 Kali BH 36 36 54 158 19.89 Lynn Dell Pensacola, FL Bob Patroni Dave Dunbar
52458 Primal Scream C&C 115 37 66 171 21.74 Steven Stollman Key Biscayne, FL Steven Stollman Anson Mulder
                   
3 B PHRF 2                  
Sail Boat Name MODEL LOA HDCP D:L SA:D Entrant Homeport Helmsman Tactician
42 Grateful Red C&C 121 40 72 135 21.79 Ken Johnson Lake Kegonsa, WI Wendell Meise  
32193 Man-O-War  J/35 35 72 165 21.73 Tom Beery Pascagoula, MS T Beery/M Itnyre David Bolyard
93254 Blueprint Bene 36.7 36 75 209 18.99 Ken Womack Oriental, NC Chuck Buckner Fred Prelle
51 RUSH J/109 35 75 172 20.92 Bill Sweetser Annapolis, MD Bill Sweetser Bobby Brooks
201 Too Sweet J/109 35 75 172 20.92 Fred Goldman Bradenton, FL Dan Goldman Mike Coan
1 USA 1 FT 7.5 24 81 77 31.74 Bob Pattison Stratford, CT Moose McClintock Bob Pattison
96 Island Flyer W Centurion (SD) 40 81 175 18.89 Denny Manrique Minneapolis, MN Mo Regier Eugene Hageniers
68 Good Girl J/100 33 81 119 21.90 Robert Armstrong St Croix, USVI Jens Hookanson Carlos Skov
                   
3 C PHRF 3                  
Sail Boat Name MODEL LOA HDCP D:L SA:D Entrant Homeport Helmsman Tactician
53228 Tangent Cape Fear 38 38 87 148 19.00 Gerry Taylor Annapolis, MD Gerry Taylor  
15287 Thunderbolt Hobie 33 33 93 63 27.17 Scott Maust Caseville, MI Mike Elliot Steve Attard
8 Poohsticks J/92 30 102 143 24.06 Colin Mann Lunenburg, CAN Colin Mann Jim Snair
73456 L'Outrage Bene 10M 34 102 115 22.65 Bruce Gardner Annapolis, MD Bruce Gardner Kenny Saylor
53303 Seefest J/29 29 108 171 21.77 Ira Perry Padanaram, MA Ira Perry Ryan Walsh
50865 Gilgamesh Bavaria 39 39 117 218 16.32 Richard Parker Cataumet, MA Richard Parker Matthew Parker
164 Mother Ocean ODay 40 40 135 218 16.22 Richard Gress Sarasota, FL Richard Gress Mark Requa
                   
3 D J/80                  
Sail Boat Name MODEL LOA       Entrant Homeport Helmsman Tactician
255 Angry Chameleon J/80 26       Kristen Robinson Annapolis, MD Brian Robinson Thom Bowen
152 Blind Faith J/80 26       Jeff Jordan Annapolis, MD    
176 Bob Dylan J/80 26       Mike Sudofsky Marion, MA Mike Sudofsky Steve Lopez
120 Confederate Ram J/80 26       Joe Corriher Lake Norman, NC Michael Brawley Paul Zarbatany
828 Ditto J/80 26       Frank Taylor Shreveport YC, LA Chris Laborde Edward Taylor
1024 Jammy Dodger J/80 26       Neil Martin Hamble, UK Neil Martin Phil Barnes
1002 Juggernaut J/80 26       Michael Zupon Larchmont, NY Ryan Zupon Lincoln White
44 Kicks J/80 26       William Rose League City, TX William Rose TBA
738 Lucky Frog J/80 26       Benjamin Schwartz Bay Shore, NY    
381 Relentless J/80 26       Al Minella Greenwich, CT Al Minella Dave Coughlin
19 Rumor J/80 26       John Storck Jr. Huntington, NY John Storck III  
259 Spank Me J/80 26       Bob Limoggio Annapolis, MD Bob Limoggio  
621 SWE 621 J/80 26       Hans Renman Stockholm, SWE Tinta Nystedt Ann-Charlotte Kornblad
706 Veloce J/80 26       Brian Louther Madison, WI Brian Louther Grant Frautschi
153 Willy T J/80 26       Aaron Galvin Annapolis, MD    
                   
3 E PHRF 4                  
Sail Boat Name MODEL LOA HDCP D:L SA:D Entrant Homeport Helmsman Tactician
97925 Lobo Rojo B-25 25 132 112 27.49 Phillip Davis Oak Cliff, TX Phillip Davis Peter Davis
32911 Elysium S2 9.1 30 132 224 19.75 John Nevin Milford, CT John Nevin Bruce Kuryla
63054 Lightning Rod S2 9.1 30 132 224 19.75 David Eames Ft Walton, FL David Eames Craig Wilusz
87927 Thunderbox Andrews 26 26 141 204 22.10 Ian & Ron Trotter San Diego, CA Ian Trotter Mike Monastra
14514 En Charette NOE 27 27 144 179 20.43 Paul Jennings Branford, CT Paul Jennings Lincoln Shoenberger
30157 Caribbean Soul II Mac 30 30 168 242 17.45 David McAleer Rock Hall, MD Dave McAleer  
48 Blah Blah Blah J/24 24 171 130 19.63 Mark Milnes Key West, FL Mark Milnes  
2739 Dimarian 21 J/24 24 171 130 19.63 Eric Gotwalt Savannah, GA   Peter Fischel
   
 

 

CLASS BREAKS – PHRF & IRC        Posted December 22, 2008

 

Comments and Insight from the Race Chairman...

I am pleased to be able to post the preliminary class breaks for Acura Key West 2009 more than 4 weeks before the racing begins. This year, there are 52 handicap entries (31 PHRF and 21 IRC).


First and foremost, I want you to know how pleased we are with the IRC and PHRF turnout in Key West for what is unquestionably a very challenging year for all. In such an extraordinary year with the global financial markets, we don’t take participation by any of our classes and entrants for granted.

With the goal of providing the best racing we can for all, Premiere Racing has always given very careful consideration to race management issues. It comes as no surprise that the economic uncertainties and losses have translated into a smaller fleet in Key West. Consequently, with fewer boats to work with, we are aware that not every entrant will be in agreement with the decisions that have been made. We wish that could be the case, but that simply wouldn’t be realistic.

DIVISION AND CLASS ASSIGNMENTS

We recently made the decision to go with 3 divisions and along with that, class assignments. The divisions will be located in the areas where Divisions 2, 3, and 4 have been located in recent years. The Division 1 area, the westernmost circle will not be utilized and the divisions in 2009 will be renumbered 1 through 3 west to east.

The two IRC classes will be racing in Division 1 (formerly Division 2) and the 4 PHRF classes will race on Division 3 (formerly Division 4), The Corsair 28R class will not be racing in Key West this January.

We understand that this creates a longer commute for some of the PHRF entrants who have arranged for dockage in Old Town Key West marinas. I regret the timing of this announcement, but we couldn’t make this decision until we were more certain of fleet composition – we clearly didn’t anticipate world events and the subsequent impact on our fleet size when we distributed and posted the Notice of Race last summer.

As a practical matter, it is approximately 4.5nm from the Westin Marina off the Main Ship Channel to Division 3.  When it blows hardest (from the north) you will be in the lee of the island for much of their transit to and from the race course. 

CLASS BREAKS – BIG PICTURE

Once again this year, I ask that participating IRC and PHRF boat owners assess the class breaks in the context of the facts and considerations that I will share with you in this letter. As always, I welcome your feedback and comments, but will ask that you first take the time to read my letter before contacting me with feedback or questions. My second request is that only the boat owner or his/her designated representative contact us and to do so via email. It is the most efficient way for us to manage the process going forward and provide you with a meaningful response in the limited time we have before racing begins on January 19th.

Participants should be aware that in some cases, preliminary PHRF handicaps that have been posted may be adjusted based on which class the boat will be racing in (in accordance with the event specific PHRF Rules & Regulations). 
 

BACKGROUND
The event-specific PHRF Rules & Regulations and the Notice & Conditions of Race both speak to our philosophy on PHRF class breaks. The same basic philosophy applies to IRC. We fully recognize that getting class breaks right is as important to 'good handicap racing' as proper handicaps. There are a multitude of factors that should be taken into account when assigning the class breaks including rating bands, LOA, Sail Area/Displacement Ratios (up wind and down wind), etc. There are of course, some limiting factors from an event and race management standpoint. These include, but aren’t limited to, the number and type of boats entered, practical class size and a maximum number of starts per division in order to achieve 2 or 3 fair races on any given day. (It’s worth noting that we have 10 races scheduled again this year, which means one or more 3-race days aren’t out of the question). 

Premiere Racing publishes preliminary class breaks only after considerable dialogue with the PHRF Consortium, Appeals Committee, and naval architects. We all are in agreement on one fact - that there are a number of different ways one can divide these handicap entries into classes. Before posting these preliminary breaks, a number of us have spent a significant amount of time and effort analyzing potential scenarios. In my capacity as Race Chairman, I am the one responsible for making the final decision on class breaks. 

One of our primary goals, based on feedback from participating owners over the years, has been 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. There are a number of factors we take into consideration in our efforts to ensure like racing. A boat's Sail Area/ Displacement Ratio (both the upwind & downwind numbers) and Displacement/Length Ratio are two key factors that come into play.

 

This worthy goal was simply unachievable in 2009 based on the number of IRC and PHRF boats entered and the composition of the two fleets. We tried very hard to create a light displacement, planing PHRF class but there were only 4 boats (perhaps 5 depending on one’s definition of light displacement) and the handicap range for this potential class was undesirable.

Ultimately, the determining factors for PHRF class breaks were handicaps and logical breaks considering the number of boats per class, resulting in three 8-boat PHRF classes and one 7-boat class with reasonable to  good rating bands. 

2009 CONSIDERATIONS / ISSUES

On any given year there are unique considerations and limitations concerning class breaks and this year is no exception:

·         There will be only 52 boats racing under handicap rules in Key West next January. The IRC fleet will feature 21 entrants (up slightly from 20 last year) while the PHRF fleet totals 31 boats – down significantly from last year’s 55 boat tally.

·         The composition of the 2009 PHRF fleet has very few “light displacement boats” while the IRC fleet features boats ranging in size from the Santa Cruz 37 to a STP65.

·         There will be a total of 13 classes spread over 3 divisions (16 classes on 4 divisions last year):

-       Div 1 (46 boats):               IRC 1 / Farr 40 / Swan 42 / IRC 2 / Farr 30

-       Div 2 (65 boats):               Melges 32 / Melges 24 / J105

-       Div 3 (46 boats):               J/80 / PHRF 1 – PHRF 4

·         These preliminary breaks feature 6 handicap classes (4 PHRF and 2 IRC) with 7-13 boats in each class.  

·         IRC Racing returns to Key West for its fourth year with 21 boats racing (2006-17 / 2007-27 / 2008-20). These 21 boats broke logically into what should prove to be two very competitive classes – both racing on Division 1.

·         The mix of PHRF boats led to logical class breaks in some instances. There are no larger size classes this time around, and the 7-8 boat class size work toward the goal of participants having a meaningful competition.

·         To ensure quality racing and the ability to get 2 and even 3 races completed on any given day, we achieved a goal of having a maximum of 5 starts on any Division again this year. Many of us can remember past years with 7 and even 8 starts on one division.

·         The provisional rating bands for PHRF go from a tight 9 sec/mile in PHRF 2 to a reasonable 41 sec/ mile in PHRF 4.    

 

DIVISION 1

5 Starts / 46 Boats

            IRC 1 (Class 1A):  An 8-boat class with the biggest boat in fleet (STP65), 4 TP 52s, a R/P 45, Rodgers 46 and Martin 49. Handicap range approximately 1.257-1.516.

            Farr 40 (Class 1B):  The 12 one design boats will start second on Division 1.

Swan 42 (Class 1C):  7 of these Racer Cruisers will enjoy their second year of one design racing in Key West. 

            IRC 2 (Class 1D):  This 13-boat class is a fairly diverse group of boats that includes 3 King 40s, 3 Santa Cruz 37s and 3 J/Boats. The scratch boat in class is a DK46 (1.214) while the low rater in class will be a J/122 (1.095).   

Farr 30 (Class 1E):  Six Farr 30s will represent the 5th and final start on Division 1.

DIVISION 3

5 Starts / 46 boats

PHRF 1 (Class 3A):  This 8-boat class features a disparate group of boats with an estimated 30 sec/mile rating band. Rating adjustments may be made to boats in this class (as allowed for under the PHRF Rules & Regs) to account for the class composition.

PHRF 2 (Class 3B):  Most in this class are moderate displacement boats. Features a very tight rating band of 9 sec/mile.

            PHRF 3 (Class 3C):  This 7 boat class features a 36 sec/mile rating band.

            J/80 (Class 3D) Fifteen J/80s will make up the fourth start on Division 3. The race committee will likely gap the PHRF 3 and J/80 starts up to 10 minutes.

PHRF 4 (Class 3E):  Our “small boat” PHRF class has a pair of S2 9.1s and J/24s and a 42 sec/mile rating band.

 

As always, we welcome your constructive criticism and feedback. Keep in mind that we are reluctant to make last minute changes, hence timely feedback is essential. If you see something you don't agree with, we ask that you provide useful feedback.  Please don't just state that a boat does not belong is a certain class. It will be far more useful to present the perceived problem, why it is a problem, along with a potential solution along with your justification.

This is an appropriate time for me to thank the PHRF Consortium Chairman and his team for the time and effort spent in researching, evaluating and debating to establish fair Key West specific handicaps for our PHRF fleet. Their work is not yet finished as they analyze four classes and potential for any handicap adjustments.

We anticipate another excellent week of IRC and PHRF competition at Acura Key West 2009, presented by Nautica.

I look forward to seeing everyone next month.

 

Sincerely yours,
 

Peter Craig
Race Chairman