A lot has happened since the end of the Key West event. February and March continued to be a very busy time for the crew. With a few alterations and a little time to pull everything together, the group was heading even further South in order to reach for another win. To recap:
Team Soozal was immediately off to the Pineapple Cup which began in Florida and headed straight to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Just coming off the high of the action in Key West, Soozal kept her cool, remained focused and was able to conquer 2,000+ ocean miles and secure yet another win. With blown newly installed electronics, a shredded spinnaker and a tremendously arduous journey to the islands, Soozal once again astonished all who were there and achieved a second big win, carving out a space for Soozal in the media and creatING a buzz about the new Mills "King 40" design. You can check out the coverage on the events website at: http://www.montegobayrace.com/
With 2 solid back to back wins on a virgin boat, the team was headed back up the coast for Premiere Racing's second week-long regatta, this time located in Miami, FL. Take a look at a professional shot by Tom Wilkes.
What is that saying: "The third time's the charm"; well it must be true becasue Soozal took another 1st in Miami, proving to be the best of all the best of the West - this time on the East Coast. This win proved that Soozal is now the most prestigious boat in her class, and that the West Coast has a new threat out there on the water. You can also get the week's details on the following website: http://www.premiere-racing.com/miami09/pages/AMGP09_entry_information.html
Plenty of media attention has been given to the well deserved team and captain aboard Soozal. Most notably, there has been a spread in Sailing World magazine (April issue) and we received word that Dan Woolery was just nominated as sailor of the month in Seahorse magazine (the premiere International voice of sailing). You can pledge your vote on Seahorse Magazine's website: http://www.seahorsemagazine.com/
If you can't see the link, just search Seahorse Magazine, click the link and you will see the voting call out on the lower left hand side of the screen just to the bottom of the page. As more information becomes available I will fill all of you in. please stay tuned in and go out and vote the American nominee
Since the videos were shot on our memory stick unfortunately they are pixilated-- but stick with it, you will get the idea. We tried not to say a lot in the video as to not disrupt the crew and so that you can really hear what is going on, on board
Well, after a broken wench, a torn spinacker and a few minor finger injuries--practices went well this weekend. Today is Day One of race week. The team headed out this morning focused, in good spirits and ready to face today's challenges. Winds will be favorable for Soozal today with 15 - 20 knots and 2"- 4" feet seas. The team is really beginning to "gel" and the boat itself is looking like she will be a top producer this week.
I wanted to get you virtually inside the event so here is a video and a few photos for you to enjoy from this weekend's practice schedule. Look at the photos under the permalink option under the blog posted here. Disregard the Xmas label of the photo - trust me - it is what you want to see. The other boats in the photos are our competitors - primarily you will see Act One - the boat that was named Boat of the year (I sent the link out in a previous blog).
Key West Harbour
Boat Name: Summit (king 40)
Since I am not physically on the boat during the races, I will try to get access on a press boat in order to include you in the action. Stay tuned for more...
Details on the upcoming annual sailing event held in Key West, Florida. Event will be held from Jan 19th - Jan 23rd and will consist of a series of multiple races per day. Elite sailing competition and back story from the King 40 "Soozal"