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1 January 2005, 12:33 pm
Attracts 300-Plus Boats, 3,000 Racers
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Key West Race Week

Sailors including Olympic medallists and America's Cup competitors will be among 3,000 skippers and crew arriving for the Key West 2005 regatta, 17-21 January 2005. In its 18th year, the event features more than 300 racing sailboats from 24 to 75 feet in length.
The roster of participating sailing professionals includes Kevin Burnham (USA) gold medal winning crew in the 470 event at the 2004 Olympic Games; Canadian silver medallist in the Star class Ross MACDONALD; and America's Cup campaigners James SPITHILL of Australia and John CUTLER of New Zealand.

Competitors will race on four courses set over a 10-mile stretch of the Atlantic Ocean that lies between Key West's shore to inside the reef tract, six miles out. Racing is scheduled to start at 10.00 hours daily.

Racers are attracted by the Keys' warm winter waters, and the chance to compete against world-class sailors, said organizers.

The Key West Historic Seaport serves as headquarters for the racing boats and their crews. Sailing fans can mingle with crews at the docks before and after the racing action, and book seats on spectator boats.

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