The Notice of Race and Entry Application for Terra Nova Trading Key West 2004 are now available for America's premiere annual regatta scheduled to take place 19-23 January.
Invited classes include Corsair 28R, Farr 40, IMS, J/105, J/109, J/29, J/80, Melges 24, MORC, Mumm 30, PHRF, Swan 45, Open Swan and T-10. Entry packages will arrive in mailboxes in August. All entry documents, planning information and past results are posted on the event web site at the address below.
In recent years the event has matured into the international winter destination for the world's racing sailors, including an unequalled gathering of grand prix racing talent. The past three fleets averaged more than 300 boats with 50 of those entries hailing from 21 different countries, boosting the prestige for the International Team Competition---and the reputation of the Italians who have won it four of the last five years.
But the world-class crowd doesn't overshadow the weekend sailors who haul their boats from every corner of the country. Last January Richard BERGMANN's California crew, sailing the J/105 Zuni Bear, won the Terra Nova Trading Trophy as Boat of the Week and the Mount Gay Rum Boat of the Day award for winning Race 5 in midweek.
In 2004 the competition will expand even more when the Swan 45 class makes its Key West debut. The renowned yacht manufacturer, based in Pietersaari, Finland, is producing a racer-cruiser line with a standard carbon fibre rig. Nine are already committed to compete for the new Nautor Trophy that will go to the top performing Swan.