Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Action Aplenty at Farr 40 Worlds - Day 1 - Sydney

Consistency paid off for Alex Roepers' Plenty who currently leads the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships after three races sailed off Sydney Heads in a breezy southerly that peaked at 18 knots.
Plenty and Struntje Light Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
The New York based crew with gun tactician Terry Hutchinson calling the shots managed to hold off  some tough competition from Wolfgang Schaefer's Struntje light and fellow USA boat Flash Gordon to finish the day on nine points. Struntje light and Flash Gordon are in equal second position both on 13 points.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
Sydney based Corinthian team Edake, skippered by Geoff Carter and with Evan Walker calling the shifts won the day's final race to put them just off the podium and hungry for achieving more consistency.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
"What a day, heinous conditions. Happy to be off the water in one piece. It didn't feel great out there most of the time but somehow we managed to come up with a decent score line. It could have been completely different as we had four starts, all quite undistinguished tough upwind legs but then we were flying downwind. The first race I couldn't hold the boat on the gybe and we rounded up and lost a bunch of boats, caught one back and that's how we managed a fifth, " Alex Roepers said back at the dock.
Plenty Photo: Andrea Francolini 
"We saw 18 knots of boat speed and we were kept some waves for quite a while. That was a lot of fun. It was great," he added.

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