FARR 40 RACING – The Farr 40s are here preparing for their World Championship and using the Big Boat Series as a wrap-up race. The competition couldn’t be more fierce and the conditions more perfect.
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FARR 40 RACING – A third day of racing at the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship was delayed due to 30 knots of breeze at the scheduled start time of 12:30. The Race Committee rescheduled for 1:30, but when the international fleet of 11 boats journeyed to the race course on the somewhat protected Cow Bay, off Town Beach on the northeast side of Martha’s Vineyard, the seas proved too unfriendly and the sailors were instructed to return to safe harbor. Finally, after seas lessened and winds dampened down to 15-20 knots, a second try was successful, resulting in two late afternoon races.
Right off the bat, Nico Poons’ (Monaco) Charisma showed how seriously it wants this championship title, leading smartly to the top mark after what Poons called a “reasonably good start.” With clear air and control of its position, the team maintained its lead over the remaining three legs of the six-mile course. “In the second race, we were also first at the top mark but couldn’t hold the position,” said Poons, who wound up fourth in that. “We were second boat of the day as far as overall performance (Alberto Rossi’s Italian entry Enfant Terrible being first), but otherwise it was not a bad day today at all.”
Charisma now leads Jim Richardson’s (Boston, Mass.) Barking Mad (in second overall) by ten points and Enfant Terrible (in third) by 15. Barking Mad started prematurely in the first race but regrouped nicely to restart and eventually finish fifth. Then the team followed up with a second place in race two, overtaking Charisma on the way down to the first gate but succumbing toEnfant Terrible after that team rounded the opposite gate and legged out five boat lengths on them to win.
Enfant’s main trimmer Giovanni Cassinari (Lake Garda, Italy) said his team was fifth at the top mark in the second race but played the shifts and pressure well to close the gap on the top boats by the first gate. Only Enfant and one other boat rounded the port gate to play the right side of the course. “We stayed on the right and there was a right shift, while Barking Mad played hard to the left extreme. When we crossed (on the second upwind leg) we were ahead, in first, and we stretched our lead on the last downind leg to the finish.”
Cassinari added that his team was happy with both its finishes today. (It posted a third in race one.) “The races were both quite shifty, in the rain, with the puffs always coming,” he said. “We didn’t have good starts but managed to sail well on the first beats, so we were always close to the top boats.” He gave credit to tactician Vasco Vascotto for excellent calls and thanked the boat’s owner/driver Alberto Rossi for allowing the boat to compete without him. (Enfant was steered by the team’s pit man Roberto Strappiti, a class-approved driver for this event in Rossi’s absence for medical reasons.)
“We tried to sail our own race as best as possible, but we are tied on points with Barking Madfor the U.S. Circuit, so obviously we are watching them and trying to put as many boats as possible between us,” said Cassinari. They have a bit of advantage on us, but tomorrow we hope to play out three races. It’s not finished yet.”
Tomorrow’s race schedule has been moved up to 10:00, with the intention that three races will be held. The Rolex Awards Party, where the Rolex North American Champion will be crowned and awarded a coveted Rolex Submariner timepiece, will follow racing at Edgartown Yacht Club, co-host for the event with the Farr 40 class.
FARR 40 RACING – It was a typically fluky day on the Chesapeake Bay, and surprisingly one of the European teams figured things out the best on the opening day of the 2013 Farr 40 East Coast Championship.
Four of the eight boats featured Annapolis sailors with extensive local knowledge of the Chesapeake and its shifty winds and unpredictable tidal currents. However, it was the Italian team aboard Enfant Terrible that most successfully avoided getting caught on the wrong side of the course and therefore put forth the most consistent performance.
Skipper Alberto Rossi steered Enfant Terrible to a couple of second place finishes as the Italian contingent took the early overall lead in the four-day regatta, being hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club. America’s Cup veteran Vasco Vascotto called tactics for Rossi, who was relieved to escape the unpredictable day with a point advantage over Barking Mad.
Skipper Alberto Rossi and the Enfant Terrible team posted a pair of seconds on Day 1 of the Farr 40 East Coast Championship, being held on the Chesapeake Bay.
“We sailed here for three days before the regatta to get a feel for the conditions. Today, the wind was very shifty so it was a challenge,” Rossi said. “Fortunately, we chose the right rig setup and the boat was fast, especially in the strong wind. We enjoyed the sailing today and are very happy about the results.”
Owner-driver Jim Richardson and the Barking Mad crew also had a solid day, winning Race 1 then placing fourth in Race 2 to total five points. Tactician Terry Hutchinson grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and made a couple decisions that worked out well for the boat based out of Newport, RI.
Barking Mad and Enfant Terrible traded the lead twice in Race 1 with the latter rounding the second weather mark in first. However, Barking Mad retook the lead on the final downwind leg, crossing the finish line about a boat length ahead of Enfant Terrible.
“I thought the boat was moving fairly well and the crew work was good,” said Richardson, who was just as pleased with the fourth as he was with the bullet. That’s because Barking Mad rounded the first weather mark in last place and managed to pass three boats over the final three legs.
“That was a good comeback. We caught a few boats on the run and turned an eighth into a fourth. Those are the races that can make a difference in the end,” Richardson said.
Skipper John Demourkas also sported a smile on the dock after racing since Groovederci posted a pair of third place results. Demourkas and tactician Cameron Appleton weren’t pleased with the boat’s performance in the first two regattas of this year so they decided to return to the rig setup and sail inventory that Groovederci used last year when it captured the East Coast Championship off Annapolis.
“I think we’re getting our mojo back. Based on today, I’d say we’ve definitely made an improvement in speed and that helps build confidence,” Demourkas said. “We were able to come back today, which is something we haven’t been able to do.”
Race 1 started in a due southerly breeze of about 12-14 knots, but principal race officer Wayne Bretsch had to reset the top mark for the second upwind leg due to a shift of 35 degrees. By the time Race 2 got underway, the wind had come all the way back to the southeast at a heading of 175 degrees. The Annapolis Yacht Club race committee had to move the top mark again in the second race after the wind shifted 10 more degrees to the left.
Those shifty winds, along with a strong ebb tide and changes in wind velocity led to numerous lead changes. By the end of the second race, the wind had piped up to 18 knots with gusts over 20.
“It was left and right, up and down. You throw in the current and tide and it is very tricky,” Demourkas said. “I think the tide is the toughest thing to figure out because you don’t know how it affects the middle and the edges.”
Skipper Rod Jabin, tactician Gavin Brady and several other members of the Ramrod crew are longtime Annapolis residents who know the fickle nature of the Chesapeake Bay as well as anybody. However, that didn’t prevent Ramrod from experiencing both ends of wind shifts on Wednesday, finishing last in Race 1 and first in Race 2.
“It was very shifty and very challenging out there today. We got forced to the left on the first beat of the day and wound up buried,” Jabin said. “In the second race, we took everyone’s transom at the start so we bailed out and went hard right and it paid off. We got unlucky in one race and lucky in the other.”
Action continues Thursday with the early forecasts calling for light and shifty winds. Organizers with Annapolis-based Stagg Yachts, which manages the Farr 40 class, are hoping to complete 10 races by Saturday afternoon.
For the second straight year, skipper Hasip Gencer and the Asterisk-UNO team have traveled all the way from Istanbul, Turkey to Annapolis for the Farr 40 East Coast Championship.
2013 Farr 40 East Coast Championship (eight entries)
1. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, Ancona, Italy, 2-2=4
2. Barking Mad, Jim Richardson, Newport, RI, 1-4=5
3. Groovederci, John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, CA, 3-3=6
4. Ramrod, Rod Jabin, Annapolis, MD, 8-1=9
5. Plenty, Alex Roepers, New York City, 4-5=9
6. Struntje Light, Wolfgang Schaefer, Lueneberg, Germany, 5-7=12
7. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, MD, 7-6=13
8. Asterisk-UNO, Hasip Gencer, Instanbul, Turkey, 6-8=14
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FARR 40 – Wednesday in Key West started cloudy and a northeasterly breeze around 16 – 18 knots. Once again two races were run, with the cloudy giving way to sunny skies as the second race of the day started, still with a nice breeze. Race 5 Results:
1. Flash Gordon – Helmut Jahn
2. Charisma – Nico Poons
3. Barking Mad – Jim Richardson
4. Enfant Terrible – Alberto Rossi
5. Groovederci – John Demourkas
6. St…runtje Light – Wolfgang Schaefer
Race 6 Results:
1. Barking Mad – Jim Richardson
2. Groovederci – John Demourkas
3. Struntje Light – Wolfgang Schaefer
4. Enfant Terrible – Alberto Rossi
5. Charisma – Nico Poons
6. Flash Gordon – Helmut Jahn
The owners and crews will be enjoying a fun party this evening in the Beach Bar and Grill at the Pier House Hotel.
FARR 40 – Day 1 at Quantum Key West Race Week was perfect to start the event with sunny skies, warm temperatures and a light northerly breeze that allowed two good windward leeward races to be run.
Race 1 Results:
1. Barking Mad – Jim Richardson
2. Groovederci – John Demourkas
3. Flash Gordon – Helmut Jahn
4. Enfant Terrible – Alberto Rossi
5. Struntje Light – Wolfgang Schaefer
6. Charisma – Nico Poons …
Race 2 Results:
1. Struntje Light – Wolfgang Schaefer
2. Groovederci – John Demourkas
3. Enfant Terrible – Alberto Rossi
4. Barking Mad – Jim Richardson
5. Charisma – Nico Poons
6. Flash Gordon – Helmut Jahn
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FARR 40 – Chicago architect Helmut Jahn has won the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship after nine races across four days of competition on Lake Michigan. A stalwart of the grand-prix class, Jahn’s previous best result was a fourth place at last year’s Rolex Farr 40 World Championship which was contested in Sydney, Australia. After more than a dozen times racing in the world championship, it seems fitting that Jahn claims the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship title while racing from his home club, Chicago Yacht Club, against a backdrop of the city that is graced by some of his work.
With the race committee hoping to run three races for the final day of the series, the first race of the day got underway in a westerly breeze of 13 knots with gusts to 24. John Demourkas, on Groovederci (USA), led the fleet around the first two marks of the 6.4 nautical mile course, only to be overtaken by Hasip Gencer on Asterisk Uno (TUR) who cruised on to cross the finish just four hundredths of a second ahead of him. Enfant Terrible (ITA) was third across the line, followed by Charisma (USA) and Barking Mad (USA). Standings leader Helmut Jahn, on Flash Gordon 6 (USA), was sixth which was enough to both keep him in the lead and also increase his points cushion from 10 to 13.
After a wait for the wind to stabilize and then two general recalls, the second race got underway in approximately 12 knots with gusts to 17. Enfant Terrible won and was followed 10 seconds later by Nightshift and Heartbreaker, with Struntje light and Transfusion rounding out the top-five finishers. With a seventh place finish, their worst of the series, Flash Gordon 6 secured the championship crown. With the time limit for starting another race running out, the championship was determined with nine races.
“We knew we had 10 points [margin] this morning, and Transfusion was clearly our competitor,” said Bill Hardesty, Helmut Jahn’s tactician on Flash Gordon 6. “We were able to stay close to them in the first race. They took a little bit of risk and ended dropping back and getting a couple extra points so that made things a little bit more comfortable for us. But the race committee kept talking about doing two more races so we didn’t feel quite out of the woods yet. When the wind was so weird out there it just whittled away at the time and they could only get one more race in. It came down to us needing a top-12 finish. It was just a surreal feeling. It’s an amazing event to win.”
Driving Flash Gordon 6 on the start and first beat of each race was Evan Jahn, Helmut’s son. “It’s something we’ve been after for a really long time,” he said of the win. “For many years it didn’t feel like we were getting any closer. To just achieve it is pretty tremendous for us. To sail and win with Dad, I’ve thought about that actually for the last few days. We’ve been doing this for so long. Our relationship has gotten so much stronger just by sailing together. This is a crowning achievement for a very long tenure in this class and to be able to share it with my Dad is pretty special.”
The senior Jahn took up sailing because, as he explained, he needed something else in life to balance a very demanding profession. “I take it very seriously,” said Helmut Jahn. “I never sailed because I thought ‘I’ll win the world championship.’ That wasn’t something I thought I had to do. But doing it [winning] is just incredible. It makes me feel that maybe I’m not a better sailor, but I’m a better architect.” He went on to explain that he didn’t think the team had an advantage because they were sailing in home waters. “You saw that we had different conditions every day. This is actually the great thing about sailing, its unpredictable and it’s not something you can actually prepare yourself for. Sailing at home we had somehow had a sense we were on a mission. Like so many teams, they do better at home, I think it was the belief … the concentration, the preparation that we did in the last three weeks which got us in.
“The one requisite was that we had to have the right amount of speed. Bill Hardesty, our tactician, kept us out of trouble. We didn’t make mistakes. We didn’t think we needed to win the races. We just didn’t want a bad race. I set, on Sunday night, the goal – never any double digits. So a lot of things fell in place. We set our goals at a level where we could win. We achieved those goals. Retire? I want to celebrate now.”
The winner of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship was crowned based on the sum of all races for each yacht (i.e. no discards). Helmut Jahn on Flash Gordon 6 won the series with 41 points. The win of the last race by Alberto Rossi on Enfant Terrible (ITA) moved them up two spots in the overall standings to take second with 51 points. The defending champion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis on Transfusion (AUS), took the remaining spot on the podium with 52 points. Wolfgang Schaefer on Struntje light was fourth overall with 62 points, followed by John Demourkas on Groovederci (USA) with 66 points.
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FARR 40 – Chicago, IL: Leaving no doubt as to the location of the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, the Windy City produced plenty of breeze for the penultimate day of grand prix racing on Lake Michigan
The southwest wind delivered as predicted, building over the course of the day as the clouds receded and temperatures rebounded by almost 30 degrees from their overnight low, an 18-20 knot breeze — gusting to 32 — propelled the 20-strong fleet on a 6.6 nautical mile course for the first race of the day. Wolfgang Schaefer, on Struntje light (GER), was first across the finish to win his third race of the championship, followed by four American teams: PLENTY, Groovederci, Heartbreaker and Flash Gordon 6.
“We had a great day today,” said Peter Holmberg, Schaefer’s tactician on Struntje light. “We set our strategy to get off the start clean and we picked the side we liked and it was a good choice. In the first race we got around in front and held our spot. Second race same plan, and it went very well. We finished second in that race. Yesterday was quite windy and today one step windier. We did a nice job on the boat, making our strategy…that was probably the most important and getting off the line clean. And our owner did a great job driving the boat. [Planning] for tomorrow, we’ll go out early and see what the pattern of the wind is and try to make some good decisions. But getting off the line clean is the most important thing.”
In the second race, with the breeze up to 20-35 knots, the win went to defending champion Guido Belgiorno-Nettis on Transfusion (AUS).
As Holmberg mentioned, Struntje light (GER) finished second, while Flash Gordon 6 (USA), Enfant Terrible (ITA) and Kokomo (AUS) finished third through fifth. The breeze piping up on the last run made race two the final race of the day. With results of 5-3 added to his score line, Helmut Jahn retains his lead of the overall standings with 28 points even as he increased – by one point – his advantage over defending champion Guido Belgiorno-Nettis who has 38. With only three points separating the teams in third to sixth place, there remains the possibility of an upset on the final day of the championship: Wolfgang Schaefer is third with 46 points on Struntje light; Alberto Rossi, on Enfant Terrible, is fourth with 47 points, while John Demourkas on Groovederci (USA) and Alexander Roepers on PLENTY (USA), are fifth and sixth with 48 and 49 points respectively.
“We’ve been able to find a little bit of speed, and trying to use that to our advantage as much as possible,” said Bill Hardesty, who is marking his fifth world championship on Flash Gordon 6 as tactician for current standings leader Helmut Jahn. “Starting as conservatively as possible and trying to leg out…and in the first race we were able to do that. We picked our time to tack and crossed the fleet and just played a couple of wind shifts and rounded second. Had a little bit of a spinnaker pole breakdown on the final run and dropped to fifth, but that’s a keeper. The last race we didn’t quite have the great start; we had a little bit of a tangle with another boat in the last 30 seconds and weren’t able to cross anyone. We actually tacked and ducked about five boats, but we were still able to use our speed which gets me to positions where I can use the wind shifts to make good tactical calls. The guys are doing great job boat handling and the boat is moving fast.”
“We’re big on routine, so we will just stick to our routine,” said Hardesty of the plan for the final day of the championship. “We ride our bikes back and forth, go home, eat dinner, get to bed at 9:30 and wake up at 7:00. We have Evan [Jahn] driving the starts and the first beats, Helmut drives downwind and in either direction they’re both doing a fantastic job. But you never know what will happen so you just have to be nimble and see what comes your way.”
Racing will start at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2012, with three races planned for the final day of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship.
2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship
Top-Five Results (20 boats) Place, Yacht Name, Owner/Skipper, Country, Results; Total Points
1. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, USA, 2-6-3-6-3-5-3, 28 2. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, AUS, 1-4-8-12/ZFP-4-8-1, 38 3. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 18-1-1-21/ZFP-2-1-2, 46 4. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, ITA, 3-3-4-3-19-11-4, 47 5. Groovederci, John Demourkas, USA, 5-7-15-9-1-3-7, 48
FARR 40 WORLDS – As one of the oldest yacht clubs in the world, established in 1869, Chicago Yacht Club is the embodiment of tradition as demonstrated by the red carpet welcome the competitors at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship have received. The club’s Monroe Harbor Station, where the regatta is headquartered from September 17-20, is ideally situated just a short distance from the Magnificent Mile, the main link between Chicago’s business district and its exclusive Gold Coast neighborhood, making it the perfect venue in which to bond business relationships through sporting competition.
Eric Mergenthaler (Mexico City, Mexico), chief executive with Active International Mexico, is no stranger to competing at the elite level having represented Mexico in the Finn class at three consecutive Olympic Games (’84, ’88, ’92). Three years of involvement in the Farr 40 class have led him to compete in the world championship for the first time this week. “The experience in Chicago has been fantastic,” he said before the start of the first race aboard Flojito y Cooperando. “The venue, the atmosphere, the organization has been really good. Our goal is to finish in the top 50% of the fleet. It is an extremely competitive fleet, so if we finish 10 or above that would be a very good result for us.”
As he was leaving the dock, defending champion Guido Belgiorno-Nettis of Sydney, Australia, was feeling prepared and quite ready to go racing aboard Transfusion. Noting that there were seven top boats who could easily take the prize, Belgiorno-Nettis predicted an interesting week of sailing. His win of the first race of the series, followed by a fourth-place finish propelled Transfusion to the top of the overall standings, leaving no doubt he is looking to repeat as world champion. Along with Transfusion, three other boats were all very impressive in their consistency: Enfant Terrible with finishes of 3-3; Flash Gordon 6 with 2-6; and Charisma with a 4-5.
“We salvaged two very fair races out of a day that quite easily looked like it could have had none. All in all, it was a good day to get behind us,” said Farr 40 class manager Geoff Stagg of the mixture of clouds and sun which killed the breeze and temporarily postponed the start of racing. “We’re hoping for three races tomorrow as good breeze is coming in…we’ll have plenty of action tomorrow.”
Racing resumes Tuesday, September 18, at 11:00 a.m. and continues through Thursday, September 20, 2012, when winner of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be crowned.
2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship
Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, Sydney, NSW, AUS, 1-4; 5
Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, Ancona, ITA, 3-3; 6
Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, Chicago, Ill., USA, 2-6; 8
Charisma, Nico Poons, Monaco, MON, 4-5; 9
Groovederci, John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, Calif., USA, 5-7; 12
Inferno, Philip Dowd, Chicago, Ill., USA, 6-11; 17
PLENTY, Alexander Roepers, New York, N.Y., USA, 9-9; 18
Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, Lueneburg, GER, 18-1; 19
Heartbreaker, Robert Hughes, Ada, Mich., USA, 19-2; 21
Pendragon, Brian Jackman, Barrington Hills, Ill., USA, 11-10; 21
Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, Istanbul, TUR, 14-8; 22
Virago, Stuart Townsend, Chicago, Ill., USA, 8-15; 23
Honour, Alek Krstajic, Toronto, Ont, CAN, 10-13, 23
Provezza 8, Ergin Imre/Onur Erardag, Istanbul, TUR, 7-19; 26
Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, Md., USA, 15-14; 29
Flojito y Cooperando, Eric Mergenthaler, Mexico City, DF, MEX, 12-18; 30
Norboy, Leif Sigmond/Marcus Thymian, Riverwoods/Chicago, Ill., USA, 20-12; 32
Kokomo, Lang Walker, Sydney, NSW, AUS, 13-20; 33
Hot Lips, Christopher Whitford, Chicago, Ill., USA, 17-16; 33
Barking Mad, James Richardson, Boston, Mass., USA, 16-17; 33
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FARR 40 – Since the launch of the first Farr 40 in 1997, this high-octane grand-prix class has grown to 160 boats sailed in 20 countries. The well-organized class is run like a business, and the ensuing international competition has led the fleet around the globe to race in many of the sailing world’s most iconic venues: San Francisco, Miami, Porto Cervo, Newport and Sydney. From September 17-20, 2012, the 40’ high-performance one-design yachts will contest the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Chicago, notable as an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, telecommunications and transportation. The 20 yachts, representing eight nations (Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Monaco, Turkey and the U.S.A.), will compete on fast-paced and technically demanding courses, with the first starting signal scheduled to be given daily at 11:00 a.m.
This marriage of business and sport extends from the class organization to the collaboration between the amateur owners and their semi-professional crew that more often than not includes a world-renowned tactician who brings his particular expertise to the contest. The tacticians competing in Chicago boast impressive credentials: no less than seven are Olympians, while at least that many are world champions in other classes.
Bill Hardesty (San Diego, Calif.), the 2011 Etchells World Champion and winner of the 2011 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award, is the tactician aboard Flash Gordon 6 whose owner, Chicago architect Helmut Jahn, was the primary force behind the 15th edition of the world championships being held for the first time on Lake Michigan.
“The Farr 40 is one of the best one design classes in the world,” said Hardesty who explained that sailing on Lake Michigan will be different than at other venues. “In fresh water, believe it or not, the boat actually feels a little bit different and we’ve made a few small changes with the instruments. But even bigger, way more weather patterns come through and the wind is all dependent on what the weather system is at the time. Here, anything can happen on any day and so you have to be prepared for whatever you get thrown.”
Hardesty also detailed the dynamic with an amateur helmsman and primarily amateur crew which create a situation where the racing needs to be fun for everybody. “We really have to, as tacticians, anticipate what the situation is going to bring. It takes a while to get used to what the particular helmsman has…everybody has habits, and as the professional on these boats that’s our job to know the moves, anticipate what’s going to happen and make the best of it.
“One of the best strategies at these regattas is to come out aggressive in the beginning and taper it as the regatta goes along. Teams are less apt to go for the pin – a high risk start – in the beginning. As the regatta starts getting going, teams that are in the back of the fleet they’ll go for it at all costs and it’ll be life or death. And you sometimes don’t want to take that chance; if you need to, and it’s a must-win, you roll the dice and see what you can do.”
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FARR 40 – In the strength of yesterday’s 1-2-1 scores and top-ten finishes in today’s two final races, Jim Richardson from Newport, RI and his Barking Mad team have won the 2012 Farr 40 Pre-Worlds, held at Chicago YC. Being the last of five events in the 2012 Farr 40 North American Circuit, the win also gives Richardson the overall win in this series as well.
Runner-up in the Pre-Worlds and third in the overall Circuit is Wolfgang Schaefer from Luneburg, Germany and his team on Struntje Light. Schaefer finally broke a string of third place finishes to finish second, but was unable to overcome Alberto Rossi’s Enfant Terrible team from Italy to claim the runner-up position in the overall series.
The day started in beautiful late summer sunshine, but with no wind, as a strong high pressure dominated the entire upper Midwest US. Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio elected to post the AP flag until 1230 local time, as a light onshore breeze built steadily to bring sailable conditions to the lakefront.
Race 1 started in 7-8 knots, light conditions that suited Annapolis-based Kevin McNeil and his Nightshift team, who had relocated to race here in Lake Michigan for the last half of the summer. McNeil started strong to take the early lead, and tactician Andrew Campbell played the chess game well to keep them ahead of the chasing pack, led by Phillip Dowd’s local-based Inferno team and Asterisk Uno from Turkey, helmed for this event by Levent Ozonur in owner Hasip Gencer’s absence.
A little more breeze in Race 2 had the pack a little too hungry at the start, pushing the line so hard that Reggio gave a General Recall and flew the 20% penalty Z flag to keep them back before the next start. The incentive worked, and in about 8-9 knots this time it was Bob Hughes and his Michigan-based team on Heartbreaker that took the early lead. Unlike in yesterday’s Race 3 when they were in a similar position, this time Hughes managed to hold and even extend on their lead to take the win.
But the team who had the best day on scores of 4-2 was Nico Poons’s Charisma from Monaco, led by Volvo Ocean Race-winning tactician Stu Bannatyne. The team improved in every race, starting the series out in 14th and finishing the last race today in second. “We’re on a positive trend,” said Poons, “we’ll hope we can keep the momentum.”
Another feature of today was the invitation extended to members of the Chicago YC Junior Sailing program to race aboard the Farr 40’s during today’s racing. Twenty junior sailors were given the opportunity to be part of each team, with some participating in crew work and others simply hiking out.
Sailing aboard Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’s Australian-based Transfusion team was 11-year old William Plovanic, an Opti sailor from Chicago YC. “It was really fun today,” said Plovanic. “I learned a lot about set-up in the starts that I could try when frostbiting in the Optis.”
“Having the juniors sail with us is a fantastic program,” says Farr 40 Class Manager Geoff Stagg. “It gives us the chance to expose the new generation to high-level racing and get them inspired to want to put this into their own sailing futures.”
With the Farr 40 Pre-Worlds now completed, so is the opening act of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, which starts on Monday, September 17th and features daily racing until Thursday, September 20th.
FARR 40 PRE-WORLDS – Twenty teams from eight countries will be lined up today to race for two days in the Farr 40 Pre-Worlds, the opening act of next week’s 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship held at Chicago YC.
And while the Pre-Worlds marks the beginning of the Worlds, it also is the last two days of racing in the five-event North American Circuit leading up to this final showdown. Eleven teams entered this series, which started at Quantum Key West in January, went to Miami in March, Annapolis in May, Newport in July and now will finish in Chicago.
Racing in the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds will start next week on Monday, September 17th and run daily through Thursday, September 20th.
Leading the US Circuit is Jim Richardson and his Barking Mad team from Newport, RI. Richardson won the last stage in Newport to earn the North American Championship crown, and won the first stage in January at Quantum Key West. Barking Mad has earned three past World Championship titles, dating right back to 1998 in the class’s inaugural Worlds in Miami, so they sit as a strong favorite here in Chicago.
The series runner-up, however, is only three points back, is also a multiple World Champion, and comes to Chicago well-armed for battle. Alberto Rossi’s Italian team on Enfant Terrible not only won the NA Circuit event #2 in Miami, but just a month ago defended his title as the ORCi Offshore World Champion, defeating 45 competitors from 15 countries in at the Audi ORCi World Championship in Helsinki. While not a Farr 40 class event, Rossi said “It was a difficult series, but we are really pleased. The team sailed very well through some tough conditions, but in the end it was our consistency that was important.”
And it may very well be consistency that wins this series as well, as the third-placed team in the standings, Wolfgang and Angela Schaefer’s Struntje Light team, has put all third-place finishes on the leaderboard. The German team stands only three points behind Enfant Terrible, and with one discard available in the series may be able to overcome the leaders if they trip and fall in this last and most difficult circuit event. Not only does this have the largest turnout of boats, but these boats are littered with tactical talent among several Olympic medalists, class World Champions, match racing champions, and America’s Cup veterans.
“We have had this Pre-Worlds format in this class for 15 years now, and found it to be a really valuable tune-up opportunity for the teams as well as the race managers,” said Geoff Stagg, Farr 40 Class Manager. “As the last event in the US circuit, it has also been a great incentive for the class to race together several times before leading into the Worlds, which makes them better prepared for the tough fight ahead.”
The intent of the race management team led by Peter Reggio will be to start each day’s first race in the Pre-Worlds at 11:00 AM, with no more than three races held each day, and no new race started on Saturday past 3:30 PM. The current forecast looks favorable for close racing, as post-frontal clearing skies will be accompanied by northerly winds on the Lake.
Daily race reports and photos will be available online at www.Farr40.org
MOVING PICTURES – This is the final day of racing off shore Newport, RI. Going into the last race, Barking Mad had a thirteen point lead, but the battle for second was a three boat scrum. Congratulations Jim Richardson and crew!
FARR 40 – Over four days of racing at the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship, held off Newport, R.I. from Wednesday, July 4 through Saturday, July 7, it was anyone’s guess as to who would win, since leading up to Saturday’s final two races there had been seven different race winners over the previous eight races and each day had yielded a different overall leader. The event, headquartered at the Newport Shipyard and sailed on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound, hosted 11 teams that kept the bets going through to the last day, when Jim Richardson’s (Newport, R.I.) Barking Mad finally settled everything by clinching the championship after the day’s first of two races and finishing with an overall lead of six points.
“It’s great to win a continental championship,” said Richardson, who is a three-time Farr 40 World Champion (1998, 2004, 2009) and counts this as his first North American championship in the class. “It has only taken me 15 years,” he added with a smile at Saturday’s Rolex Awards Ceremony where he was presented with a Rolex Submariner timepiece for his team’s performance. “Today was a great day, and we got off to a great start in Race 9 and were able to finish second, which helped us to sew up our position for the event.”
MOVING PICTURES – Day 3 of the ROLEX Farr 40 North American’s brought a postponement on shore followed by three races off shore. More people saw the front of the pack only to be followed by the back packer follow up. The overall lead changes every race! Who will be able to stay consistent enough to rise to the top?
MOVING PICTURES – A squirrely northerly brought the fleet north of the bridge in Newport Harbor. The light conditions allowed for two races before the breeze conked out to let a true test of each boat’s versatility ensue. The score board has flipped practically inside out again! The sailors will enjoy an evening gathering at the New York Yacht Club at Harbor Court tonight
Two-time Australian Farr 40 Class Champion Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, also the class’ current world champion, contest the Rolex Farr 40 North Americans on Transfusion (photo credit Rolex/Kurt Arrigo)
FARR 40 – The Fourth of July fireworks in Newport, Rhode Island, won’t be only of the pyrotechnic variety when the Farr 40 class contests its 2012 Rolex North American Championship from July 4-7 in the City by the Sea. The fourth event in the class’s 2012 US Circuit Championship, and the first time the Farr 40s have raced on the storied waters of Narragansett Bay since the 2006 world championship, has drawn an international fleet of 12 teams all anxious to claim this title in one of the most famous sailing venues in the world.
Going into the North Americans with the overall lead of the circuit standings is Newport resident Jim Richardson who won Quantum Key West Race Week in January, and followed with second-place finishes in Miami and Annapolis. While Richardson, the owner/driver of Barking Mad, is a three-time Rolex Farr 40 World Champion (1998, 2004, 2009), the North American championship crown is one he has yet to claim.
“I’m excited to be sailing back in Newport, it’s been a long time since we’ve raced in our home waters,” said Richardson. “Hopefully we can sail well and it would be nice to win this championship. I’ve sailed against all of these competitors before and there are a lot of good boats so the racing will be tough. We are also getting back some people that we haven’t raced with in a while, which will mix it up a bit.”
After a year hiatus, Alex Roepers (New York, N.Y.) is back racing on Plenty and joins the international fleet that includes two teams from Turkey who are racing the Farr 40 U.S. circuit for the first time, as well as class luminaries who hope to beat Richardson on his home turf including Groovederci skipper John Demourkas (Santa Barbara, Calif.), winner of the Farr 40 East Coast Championship in May, and Alberto Rossi (Ancona, Italy), who sailed his Farr 40 Enfant Terrible to win the 2011 International Sailing Federation Offshore World Championship. Two-time Australian Farr 40 Class Champion Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, also the class’ current world champion, will be racing in Newport for the first time on Transfusion.
Race headquarters will be at Newport Shipyard, where the on-the-water competition will be complimented by the Apollo Jets Race Party on July 4, the Newport Shipyard Post-Race Party on July 6, and the Rolex awards party at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, July 7. New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court will be the setting for a crew party on July 5.
In addition to Rolex as title sponsor, supporting sponsors are Apollo Jets and Newport Shipyard. Vanquish Boats and PURE Yachting will provide logistical assistance.
Daily race reports and photos will be available online at www.farr40.org, along with video coverage provided by T2P.
MOVING PICTURES – March 16 “World on Water” Global Weekly Sailing News Report videos of the 2012 Farr 40 USA Circuit Championship Florida, Clipper Race dramas as two crew are medevac’d and a man-overboard incident, 2012 MHYC Sydney Harbour Regatta, 2012 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week Florida, in “Fresh to Frightening” awesome footage of Clipper yachts in huge seas showing what their novice crews can experience and in the VOR Groupama 4 has drama as its hull delaminates