With 5 races complete and another 5 scheduled, Key West Race Week 2014 is half over. As a new team competing in our first regatta we've already experienced some highs and lows. First, the highs:

  • The way the new team is starting to be a team instead of 4 individuals.

  • The way we recovered from a premature start in race 1 (improving from last to 11th place in a very competitive 63 boat fleet)

  • The Key West location and race organization.

  • Sailing in January!

team boats.com under spinnaker

Team boats.com flies downwind under spinnaker at 2014 Key West Race Week. Copyright 2014 Photoboat

Today's results, which we believed were 5,3,8, would've given us a half time score of 2nd overall, which would have made us very Happy Brits. Which leads me to the low points:

On returning to shore we discovered we had been scored OCS (over the line at the start) for today's first race, which has dropped us to 17th overall. We queried the decision as we had not been called back by the race committee, but met with little sympathy.

Oh and by the way it rained - hard - all day yesterday, which was definitely not in the brochure!

Looking ahead to the last two days, the weather prediction is fair for the rest of the week with extra big breeze forecast for the last day on Friday. After one more race each boat will discard its worse score and we hope to bounce back into the top ten tomorrow, assuming no more start line accidents...

Team boats.com J/70

The J/70 team sailing boats.com has recorded some highs, and some lows, at Key West Race Week. Photo: Onne van der Wal

We're achieving our main goal of sailing as a team in preparation for the World Championships later this year, and keep telling ourselves to keep our hopes realistic! Fat chance.