Its been pretty quiet here on the website in terms of the BELLA MENTE racing teams actions, but I guarantee the team has been hard at work getting BELLA ready for her returning to racing in the US. We are just a little over 40 days to go until racing begins for the 2011 season in Florida. Hap and the boys have a heavy practice schedule starting Dec 12, 2010 leading up to the start of the Key West Feeder Race on January 12, 2011 from Ft Lauderdale.
Premiere-Racing, the organizing entity for KWRW has just announced a special trophy for the IRC fleet this year.
Key West 2011 has been designated the IRC Midwinter Championship. There will be a special Midwinter trophy awarded to the overall IRC winner on Friday at the final awards presentation.(http://www.premiere-racing.com/keywest11/pages/KW11_IRC.htm#NEWS)
Hap Fauth and his team practically swept the 2010 KWRW event cleanly taking home the trophy. They definitely have a big stake in repeating that performance and holding onto the title.
I stopped by the Cracker Boy yard in Riviera Beach FL to check in on the guy and their pre-season preparations. They will be back in the water and the rig re-stepped soon for everyone’s arrival to get back to top racing form. Stay tuned to the site for more announcements in the next few weeks about the team taking it to the Pacific coast next, the modifications planned for the TransPac and plans for a new boat. Meanwhile, enjoy these action shots of the “Bella Wolfpack” hard at work.