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Wags Walks the Docks

January 25, 2013

J/80: A long time presence, looking ahead to 2014

By Bill Wagner

This is an abnormal year for the J/80 class, typically one of the largest in Key West. Due to the vagaries of the class schedule and some competition from the new J/70, there are only four J/80 one-designs competing at Quantum Key West 2013.

Event chairman Peter Craig sees that as an anomaly and has already spoken to key figures in the J/80 class about getting back to a double digit fleet next year.

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Previous "Wags Walks":

In Memoriam

George Collins and Chessie Racing are back in Key West!

Bombarda in Key West: Sorprendente!

J/70s Make Their Key West Debut


Wags Video Interviews

January 25, 2013

 

Ken Colburn photograph Hap Fauth photograph Marty Kullman Robbie Doyle photograph

Ken Colburn, skipper of Apparition (Swan 42), talks with Bill Wagner during Quantum Key West 2013.

Hap Fauth, skipper of Bella Mente (Mini Maxi), talks with Bill Wagner at about the great racing at Quantum Key West 2013

Marty Kullman, tactician of Interlodge (TP52), talks with Bill Wagner about the close TP52 racing at Quantum Key West 2013.

Robbie Doyle, tactician of Shockwave (Mini Maxi), talks with Bill Wagner during Quantum Key West 2013.


January 24, 2013

 

Rob Weiland photograph Federico Michetti photograph Wayne Bretsch photograph Peter Craig photograph

Rob Weiland, TP52 Class Manager, discusses the TP52 class with Bill Wagner. Quantum Key West is the first stop of the TP52 Super Series.

Federico Michetti is President of Melges Europe and trimmer on Bombarda (Melges 32). He took time to speak with with Bill Wagner at Quantum Key West 2013.

Wayne Bretsch, PRO Division 3, talks with Bill Wagner at Quantum Key West 2013.

Peter Craig, Quantum Key West 2013 Event Director, talks with Bill Wagner about the regatta.


January 23, 2013

 

Geoff Stagg photo Cole Allsopp Robert Hesse

Geoff Stagg, Farr 40 Class Manager, at Quantum Key West 2013, talks with Bill Wagner. They discuss the Farr 40 class.

Cole Allsopp, skipper of Moxie (J/70), talks with Bill Wagner during Quantum Key West 2013 about sailing the J/70.

Robert Hesse, skipper of J/111 Lake Effect, talks with Bill Wagner at Quantum Key West 2013.


January 22, 2013

 

N. Zennstrom photograph Tripp Ewers photograph Dobb Davis photograph

Niklas Zennstom, skipper of Ran (TP52), speaks with Bill Wagner during Quantum Key West 2013.

Tripp Ewers of Annapolis Rigging goes behind the scenes with Bill Wagner at Quantum Key West 2013.

Dobbs Davis, US Editor for Seahorse Magazine, discusses High Performance Racing and other sailing issues with Bill Wagner.

 

Chris Larson photograph Geoff Ewenson photograph George Caras photograph

Chris Larson, tactician on Gladiator (TP52), is interviewed by Bill Wagner at Quantum Key West 2013.

Geoffrey Ewenson, tactician of Catapult (Ker 40), talks with Bill Wagner during Quantum Key West 2013.

George Caras, from Commanders' Weather, talks with Bill Wagner about the history of Commanders' Weather and forecasting.


January 21, 2013

 

Robin Team Stephen Murray Alec Cutler

Robin Team, owner & skipper of Teamwork (J/122), speaks with Bill Wagner about his Teamwork crew being a real family.

Stephen Murray, skipper of Decision (TP52), talks with Bill Wagner about the TP52 Super Series and his background in sailing.

Alec Cutler, skipper of the Melges 24 Hedgehog, talks with Bill Wagner about the Melges 24 Class.

 

Greg Gendell Bill Sweetser Dave Ullman

Greg Gendell, bowman of Quantum Racing (TP52), talks with Bill Wagner about Quantum Racing and the TP52 Super Series.

Bill Sweetser, owner & skipper of Rush (J/109) talks with Bill Wagner about the 2013 competition.

Dave Ullman of Ullman Sails talks with Bill Wagner about the J/70 class.


January 20, 2013

 

Terry Hutchison Ken Legler

Terry Hutchinson, tactician on Barking Mad (Farr 40) is interviewed by Bill Wagner.

Ken Legler, Principal Race Officer of Division 1, talks with Bil Wagner.


January 19, 2013

 

Peter Sarelas Ian Gordon Alan Terhune

Peter Sarelas is interviewed by Bill Wagner and discusses 20 years on Race Committee at Key West.

Ian Gordon of Farr Yacht Design talks with Bill Wagner about the Farr 400 class.

Alan Terhune of North Sails talks with Bill Wagner about the J/70 class.