Key West Race Week 2012

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A few of the FYD team made their way to KWRW over the weekend to take part in the racing and Farr 400 One Design class support, in particular, Emerson Smith.  Emerson is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer who has been with the FYD team since 2008.  After a good day of practice, he reports the following:

"Every year hundreds of sailors flock to Key West in the middle of January. This year I am sailing on Sled Shelhorse's, MERIDIAN X, one of our new Farr 400 One Design's. Yesterday, Key West showed why so many sailors make this trip each year. Sunday is the last practice day before racing begins so we arrived to the boat a bit early to complete the last few items on our work list. We quickly ticked off what was needed and left the dock around 10am. Once out from behind the shelter of the island we found a steady 15-20 knots with gusts to 25. It was the first time that we had the entire crew sailing together, although there are a large group of regulars. We managed to put the sails up and down, while doing a few laps. Nothing too exciting, but I did come away with some general thoughts.

It was my first chance to sail the Farr 400 is any kind of substantial wind. Call me a homer, but I was thoroughly impressed. The boat settled into a nice groove upwind and REALLY comes alive downwind. We were able to point the boat where we needed and were rewarded with speeds in the high teens to low 20s.
Conditions tomorrow should be very similar to today. I'm looking forward to the Farr 400's having their own start and getting everyone lined up and sailing together. Check back later for an update. Hopefully the internet here (SLOW!) will allow for some pictures or video."