FARR 30 – Just a day before the 2012 BMW Farr 30 World Championship, bright sun and a chilly Southerly 12-20 knot breeze set the stage for two exciting Pre-Worlds races yesterday. Neophyte Farr 30 team Triple P (NED) took the surprise victory in the two-race series. “We never would have expected it,” said pitman Ralph Van Etten. “We’ve practiced hard for more than half a year, but before this past winter, most of us had never sailed on a Farr 30 before.” Van Etten said his team thrived in the breezy conditions, thanks in part to a winter training program that included racing twice each month out of their home club in Scheveningen, The Netherlands. “We saw a lot of wind back home, and we’d love to see a lot more for this World Championship.”
Long time class warrior Dr. Harold Bruening aboard Topas (GER) turned in a powerhouse performance, sailing away from the fleet for nearly the entire first race and scoring a 4th place in the second, and he says his crew is ready for action on Thursday. “Most of this crew, including my son, have sailed together for more than 5 years now, and we feel as though we are ready for anything.” Two of Bruening’s crew are new to his program, and he feels they add a winning touch to the team. “We’re glad to have German 49er sailor Julian Ramm to the team while Australian David Chapman has a great tactical mind,” said Bruening.