MOVING PICTURES – Sweden’s Bay of Laholm showed just how challenging it could be today, with a mix of conditions that included winds from 7 to 22 knots and shifts of up to 40 degrees on Day 1 of the 2012 BMW Farr 30 World Championship. The day saw two general recalls, two Black Flag starts, one race abandonment, and multiple course changes as the Bastad-based Race Committee struggled to set World Championship-calibre courses in the unstable breeze flowing from the warm hills to the Southeast.
Reigning World Champion Deneen Demourkas and her crew (USA 706 Groovederci) powered to the top of the standings after three races, bringing a 5-point lead over 5-time Farr 30 Worlds runner-up Jim Richardson (USA 50955 Barking Mad); it’s almost exactly how the long-time rivals finished the 2011 World Championship.
“’Challenging’ is an understatement; I couldn’t eat anything all day I was such a nervous wreck,” Demourkas said. “As the conditions got funkier and funkier throughout the day I was really pulling my hair out, but my guys and gals held it together for a good result.”