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Monday, September 17, 2012

Transfusion On Top at Farr 40 Worlds - Day One

Competition got underway today in light air at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club. Australia's Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and his Transfusion crew were leaving nothing to chance as they prepared to defend their 2011 Farr 40 World Championship Title.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
They hit the water with all guns blazing even though the wind was MIA and the AP flag was raised leaving the fleet to bob around Lake Michigan. A win in the first race of the series followed by a fourth in the second positions the Sydney based team on the top of the leader board after the first day of competition. Transfusion was joined by three other boats who also impressed with their level of consistency.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
The Italian team Enfant Terrible clocked up 3-3, Flash Gordon 6 scored 2-6 while Charisma managed 4-5.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
The field is wide open and with the absence of a few leading teams like Nerone (ITA)  and Estate Master (AUS) an interesting week of sailing is on the cards. 
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
“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.”
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship Results
Place, Yacht Name, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results; Total Points

1. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, Sydney, NSW, AUS, 1-4; 5
2. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, Ancona, ITA, 3-3; 6
3. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, Chicago, Ill., USA, 2-6; 8
4. Charisma, Nico Poons, Monaco, MON, 4-5; 9
5. Groovederci, John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, Calif., USA, 5-7; 12
6. Inferno, Philip Dowd, Chicago, Ill., USA, 6-11; 17
7. PLENTY, Alexander Roepers, New York, N.Y., USA, 9-9; 18
8. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, Lueneburg, GER, 18-1; 19
9. Heartbreaker, Robert Hughes, Ada, Mich., USA, 19-2; 21
10. Pendragon, Brian Jackman, Barrington Hills, Ill., USA, 11-10; 21
11. Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, Istanbul, TUR, 14-8; 22
12. Virago, Stuart Townsend, Chicago, Ill., USA, 8-15; 23
13. Honour, Alek Krstajic, Toronto, Ont, CAN, 10-13, 23
14. Provezza 8, Ergin Imre/Onur Erardag, Istanbul, TUR, 7-19; 26
15. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, Md., USA, 15-14; 29
16. Flojito y Cooperando, Eric Mergenthaler, Mexico City, DF, MEX, 12-18; 30
17. Norboy, Leif Sigmond/Marcus Thymian, Riverwoods/Chicago, Ill., USA, 20-12; 32
18. Kokomo, Lang Walker, Sydney, NSW, AUS, 13-20; 33
19. Hot Lips, Christopher Whitford, Chicago, Ill., USA, 17-16; 33
20. Barking Mad, James Richardson, Boston, Mass., USA, 16-17; 33

Lulu Roseman

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