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Would You Believe . . . 170 Starts, No General Recalls


Jan. 26, 2005

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KEY WEST, Fla.---Winners of high profile classes at Key West 2005, presented by Nautica, included Pegasus Racing's Melges 24 from Hawaii, with San Diego's Bill Hardesty driving and Olympic gold medalist Kevin Burnham aboard; Hasso Plattner's Farr 40 from Germany, Makoto Uematsu's Transpac 52 from Japan, Tom Coates' J/105 from San Francisco and Andrzej Rojek's Swan 45 from Newport, R.I.

From across the country and across two oceans they came, 295 boats and some 3,000 sailors strong, perhaps the greatest gathering of eagles alongside recreational racers that North America has ever seen. An unofficial count tallied 21 Olympic medalists with 29 medals across the span of two decades and enough America's Cup veterans to reach from Auckland to Valencia, sailing in the 20 various of classes of boats from 24 to 75 feet.    more...


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