Skipper Carlo Alberini and the crew of Calvi Network led from start to finish in capturing the J/70 overall class win for the second straight year in Key West. Branko Brcin called tactics for Alberini, who got the gun in five races and finished second or third in four others to finish with an impressive 15 points.
“I come back every year to Key West because the regatta is so good – always great wind and excellent race management,” said Alberini. “I have no words to describe how happy I am. This is just fantastic.” Alberini (Pesaro, Italy) praised the performance of his crew, which also included Sergio Blosi (jib trimmer) and Karlo Hmeljak (main trimmer).
“My crew is amazing. I am so lucky to have three very talented sailors. Sailing is a team sport and the best helmsman in the world cannot without a strong crew,” said Alberini, who earned the Quantum Sails Boat of the Day honor today.
Skipper Peter Duncan (Rye, NY) and the Relative Obscurity team were runner-up in J/70 class with 27 points, four ahead of Tim Healy (Newport, RI) and the Helly Hansen crew. Skipper Luis Bugallo and the Spanish sailors on Marnatura were the top Corinthian entry, finishing seventh.