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High Profile Sailors To Take Part In Key West Regatta

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Quantum Racing, piloted by skipper Doug DeVos and tactician Terry Hutchinson leads the 52 Class during the second day of racing at the Key West 2012 sailing regatta Tuesday Jan. 17, 2012, off Key West, Fla. With five races completed, Quantum has the class lead entering the second half of heats that are to conclude Friday, Jan. 20.  (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Quantum Racing, piloted by skipper Doug DeVos and tactician Terry Hutchinson leads the 52 Class during the second day of racing at the Key West 2012 sailing regatta Tuesday Jan. 17, 2012, off Key West, Fla. With five races completed, Quantum has the class lead entering the second half of heats that are to conclude Friday, Jan. 20. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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KEY WEST (CBSMiami/AP) — When the annual Quantum Key West sailing regatta begins Monday off the Florida Keys, there will be some high-profile businessman taking part in the races.

Amway President Doug DeVos will skipper Quantum Racing, the U.S.-flagged winner of the 2013 52 Super Series that comprises six annual regattas in Key West, Miami and Europe. Among Quantum’s noted crewmembers are tactician Terry Hutchinson, strategist Ed Baird and navigator Juan Vila.

Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom’s Swedish-flagged sailing yacht Ran has Adrian Stead aboard as tactician.

The five-day sailing regatta has potentially 12 races for most of the 123-boat fleet that is divided into 10 classes.

Both Zennestrom and DeVos’ teams will contend with Italian-flagged Azzurra, the 2013 52-class winner in Key West, co-owned by Argentinean pharmaceutical mogul Pablo Roemmers with tactician Vasco Vascotto.

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