Aerial Video of Key West 2011 Sailing Regatta

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Chad Newman
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Sailing yachts hailing from the United States and 15 other countries completed a five-day regatta off the Florida Keys today, featuring some of the biggest names in the sport. Reigning America's Cup skipper Russell Coutts is racing in the RC 44 class, a new one-design division Coutts both conceived and co-designed. But despite Coutts' familiarity with the boat, Oracle Racing is currently in third place after seven races, although the four-time America's Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist is only two points behind frontrunner Team Aqua, skipperd by Don Wilson, In second place in the RC 44 class, Mascalzone Latino, skippered by Italian Vincenzo Onorato whose syndicate is serving as challenger-of-record for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. One of the largest classes is the Melges 32, with 21 professional-laden teams on the scratch sheet. There are five Mini Max entries, featuring yachts 66 to 75 feet long.