Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Newport Is Ready for the Farr 40 Worlds - Game On

After two days of racing at the pre-worlds, fifteen crews from eight countries are ready to fight for the coveted title of Rolex Farr 40 World Champions.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
The 16th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship is being hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) at Harbour Court in Newport, RI. Racing starts today, August 27, and runs through until Friday August 30, with a maximum of 10 windward/leeward races.
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Competition in the Farr 40 fleet is expected to be very tight and it is impossible to make any predictions. The defending world champion is Helmut Jahn’s Flash Gordon 6 (USA), which won last year’s title in the home waters of Lake Michigan, Chicago. Helmut shares the helm with his son Evan, who is responsible for the starts and the upwind legs. 
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Evan knows how difficult the task at hand is: “In the past couple of years the competition level has been raised throughout the fleet, everyone is pretty much even. It will be hard to have consistent results throughout the series, but we are confident in our speed and boat handling.”
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Barking Mad (USA) is the current leader in the 2103 Farr 40 International Circuit Championship and will be looking for a fourth victory. Terry Hutchinson is calling the tactics for American owner Jim Richardson: “We share the same expectations as the 14 other boats here: winning. That is easier said than done, and looking at the fleet it’s clear that everybody’s in the same situation as the defending champion. We are happy with how we’ve progressed through the season and I am very confident that we have everything we need to be successful.”
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Everyone is talking about the Italians of Enfant Terrible, who just won the New England Boatworks Farr 40 Pre-World Championship. Tactician Vasco Vascotto is eager to start: “We are ready. The Rolex Farr 40 Worlds have been one of the most coveted events in the past decade of international sailing. Newport for me is synonymous to wind, currents and challenge. It is also a course that has given me a great deal of satisfaction, such as the IMS world title won with Vincenzo Onorato.”
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Monaco is also on the list of top contenders: Nico Poons’ Charisma recently won the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship. American Olympic medallist Morgan Reeser is the tactician on board: “The Farr 40 Worlds is a very close event that nearly always comes down to the last leg of the last race. The variables that determine success in the Farr 40 continue to be consistent starting and fearless decision-making by world class tacticians.”
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
While most crews have been competing throughout the season, one team has been catching up: “The Australian season ended in February. It’s been a challenge for us to get up to speed, sort our gear, get all our crew and boat mechanics under control, while getting used to sailing in this part of the world,” says Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, owner of 2011 world champion Transfusion (AUS).

Pursuit of excellence, timing and fair competition are key elements to this type of event, and core values in line with Rolex title sponsor of the competition since 2001.

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2013
Yacht - Owner/Tactician - Country
  1. Asterisk-Uno, Hasip Gencer/Ross Mc Donald, TUR 
  2. Barking Mad, James Richardson/Terry Hutchinson, USA 
  3. Charisma, Nico Poons/Morgan Reeser, MON 
  4. Endorphin, Erik Wulff/Max Skelley, USA 
  5. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi/Vasco Vascotto, ITA 
  6. Flash Gordon 6/Bill Hardesty, Helmut Jahn, USA 
  7. Flojito y Cooperando, Bernardo Minkow-Juli├ín Fernandez/Matt Ciesicki, MEX 
  8. Groovederci, John Demourkas/Cameron Appleton, USA 
  9. Nanoq, HRH Crown Prince Frederik/Jens Christiansen, DEN 
  10. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil/Andy Horton, USA 
  11. Oakcliff Racing, Oakcliff Sailing/Max Vos, USA 
  12. PLENTY, Alexander Roepers/Chris Larson, USA 
  13. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer/Peter Holmberg, GER 
  14. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis/Gavin Brady, AUS
  15. White Knight, Zoltan Katinszky/Erik Shampain, USA
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