Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Eight Farr 40s Line Up For Tasmanian State Championships

The Australian Farr 40 fleet is two regattas off declaring its national champion for 2013-14 and the season-long grudge match between defending title holder Transfusion and Voodoo Chile is set to peak in Hobart.
Photo: Dane Lojek/Farr 40
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania will host the Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 Tasmanian State Title comprising a twilight race this Saturday evening, February 15, then two days of up to four windward leeward races per day on Sunday 16th and Monday 17th on the Derwent River.
Photo: Dane Lojek/Farr 40
Crews will have a day to catch their breath before the series climax, the John Calvert-Jones Trophy Nationals, February 19-22, 2014.
Photo: Lulu Roseman
It will be a battle to the end for the two top of the points table teams, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion from Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney and the local favourite, Lloyd Clark and Andrew Hunn’s Voodoo Chile representing RYCT. The Taswegians led the series until the feisty NSW State Title in January when the scales tipped in the Sydney crew’s favour.
Local Mocean (previously Easy Tiger II) Photo: SALTWATER IMAGES ::
Trevor Richardson's Local Mocean (previously Easy Tiger II) from Royal Geelong Yacht Club is the sole Victorian Farr 40 competing against an impressive New South Wales and Tasmanian fleet in the class’ state and national title.

Richardson's sons Steven and Stuart together with daughter Chloe will be onboard having joined the Farr 40 Class when he purchased Local Mocean, formerly Easy Tiger II, from Chris Way two years ago.

The father and son pair cut their teeth club on racing and this weekend will pit themselves against some of the best in the world including two Olympic gold medallists, Transfusion tactician Tom Slingsby and Wired tactician Nathan Wilmot, together with POW’s tactician Rob Brown, 1983 winning America’s Cup crewman among other career highlights.

“If we come second last I’ll be happy, These people are professionals, we are amateurs. We’ve imported a tactician from Hobart for his local knowledge and also picked up a couple of local crew. We’ll meet the new guys and have a play this Friday. We are pretty raw.”

On owning a Farr 40 Richardson adds, “It’s quick and user friendly and I have two boys who have helped stimulate the appetite. Our lives have been consumed by work so at this late stage I decided it might be time to have some fun.”

Tasmanian Farr 40 fleet captain Wayne Banks-Smith has chosen his locally hosted series to join his classmates at the end of the season with War Games, as has Michael Cooper, Craig Clifford and Richard Fader, co-owners of POW.

Banks-Smith says February to March offers yachties ideal conditions, 15-18 knot sou’easterly sea breezes and an average and very pleasant 23 degrees during the day.

On the flipside he reminds that “Tasmanian weather can be pretty fickle. No two days are the same so crews should pack for a range of conditions. We are praying Hobart will offer some beautiful weather.”

War Games went head-to-head with Voodoo Chile in Monday’s club race and copped a pasting. “They are a superior crew; hopefully we can lift our game before Sunday,” added Banks-Smith.

He’s pleased with a starting list of eight, understanding that the tyranny of distance makes it challenging for the Queensland and NSW teams to transport boats, gear and people across Bass Strait.

Entries for the Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 Tasmanian State Title:

1. Edake – Jeff Carter, Middle Harbour Yacht Club
2. Estate Master – Lisa & Martin Hill, MHYC
3. Local Mocean – Trevor & Steven Richardson, Royal Geelong Yacht Club
4. POW - Michael Cooper, Craig Clifford and Richard Fader, RYCT
5. Transfusion – Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, MHYC
6. Voodoo Chile – Andrew Hunn and Lloyd Clark, RYCT
7. War Games – Wayne Banks-Smith, RYCT
8. Wired – Stephen Boyes, RYCT

Lisa Ratcliff

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