The Helly Hansen J/70 sailed to a victory and won “Boat of the Week” at Key West Race week in Key West Florida on January 24th. Team captain Tim Healy and his crew had a great time and represented Helly Hansen well.
The team was up against about 60 other J/70s from around the country so the competition was fierce. It took constant effor to maintain their focus during the full week of racing events through varying sailing conditions. Their approach was to focus on small sections of each race. At the start, the goal was to arrive at the windward mark as close to the top 10 as possible. They did not worry about getting off first, but rather strived to maintain a position from which a win was in striking distance and stay out of traffic. The strategy paid off.
The weather varied, but most of the time the team was able to make 12 to 15 knots in comfortable conditions. The event was superbly organized and the town of Key West was very welcoming with a very festive flair throughout.
The crew was particulary pleased with their Helly Hansen gear. The sign of excellent foul weather gear is that you can put it on at the beginning of your day and then forget about it because it performs perfectly. The sailors particularly appreciated the H2Flow jackets that kept them warm on some of the colder days. At warmer times they could simply unzip them to ventilate without getting too hot.
The crew looks forward to next year’s racing!