Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational - Position shuffles on Day 3

by Bill Wagner on 16 Mar 2013
Enfant Terrible rounds the weather mark right on the stern of Plenty. - Miami Beach Invitational William Wagner
Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational 2013. A three-race day off Miami Beach shuffled the fleet like a deck of cards. Struntje Light maintained its lead for the third straight day, but Barking Mad and Enfant Terrible made major moves on Friday as the overall standings scrambled like eggs.

It was a big afternoon for Barking Mad, which stood fifth in the seven-boat fleet after two days of action. Skipper Jim Richardson won the first race then followed with a second and fourth to move up to third overall with 29 points.

'We talked about this being a crucial day of racing and that it was important to put up some strong results,' Richardson said. 'Our goal was to get close to the lead and give ourselves a chance to win on the last day. It appears that we succeeded.'

Barking Mad captured class honors at Quantum Key West 2013 in January, but found itself in an unusual position after the opening day of racing here in Miami – last place. Richardson’s crew picked up two places on Thursday then really hits its stride on Friday.

'We had a little bit of bum luck the first couple days. We got caught on the wrong end of some shifts,' Richardson said. 'It has been difficult racing. These conditions are not easy. There are a lot of shifts and they aren't very straight-forward. We started well today, which helped a lot.'

In the first race on Friday, held in a 12-15-knot northerly, Barking Mad came off the line in good shape then went hard to the right side of the course. That paid dividends and the three-time world champions rounded the first weather mark in first place. Barking Mad never relinquished that lead, although Flash Gordon 6 made it awfully close at the end.

Enfant Terrible battled with boat speed issues on Wednesday and Thursday, prompting skipper Alberto Rossi and tactician Vasco Vascotto to make some changes to the rig tune. Whatever they did made a difference as the Italian entry won Race 7 then finished third in Race 8 to vault from sixth to fourth in the overall standings.



'We changed something with the trimming from what we had been doing the first two days. We also made changes to the rig because we didn’t have it right,' Rossi said. 'I was pleased because the boat sailed much better today.'

Struntje Light finished atop the standings for the third straight day, although not without some anxious moments. The German entry had to perform a salvage job in two of Thursday’s races to preserve a three-point lead over Plenty.

'That’s our new strategy. Fall way behind then come on strong at the end,' joked Struntje Light tactician Peter Holmberg. 'I would classify today as one of the trickiest I’ve ever encountered here in Miami. Upwind was very hard to get right. We did a better job downwind and that is what saved the day.'

Struntje Light placed fifth in Friday’s first race and it appeared the next result would be worse when she rounded the leeward mark in last place. However, the team battled hard on the final two legs to pull back to fourth. It was a similar story, but an even better outcome in Race 8 as Struntje Light rounded the leeward mark in sixth then passed four boats on the last two legs to finish second.

'That’s the test of a good team. If you can hang in there when you’re not doing well,' Holmberg said. 'It feels awesome to fight back like that.'

It is a typically tight Farr 40 regatta with only 10 points separating the first and fifth place boats. Winds are forecast to lighten a bit on Saturday, but principal race officer Peter 'Luigi' Reggio said there will be no problem getting off two starts to complete the 10-race series. Those top five boats all have a bullet under their belt, so the standings could shuffle some more before all is said and done.

'It’s all on going into the final day, as usual in this class,' Richardson said.



Based on the close competition so far and the fact results fluctuate wildly from race to race, it is anyone’s guess which boat will come out on top. 'The boats are so similar in speed and are all sailed so well,' Rossi said. 'It seems to me that Struntje Light has the best speed, but every boat is capable of winning a race.'

Miami Beach Invitational Standings

1, Struntje Light, Wolgang Schaefer, Germany, 1-2-1-2-7-5-4-2=24
2, Plenty, Alex Roepers, New York, USA, 7-1-3-1-4-4-6-1=27
3, Barking Mad, Jim Richardson, Newport, USA, 6-6-4-3-3-1-2-4=29
4, Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, Italy, 4-5-7-5-2-6-1-3=33
5, Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, Chicago, USA, 3-3-5-6-1-2-7-7=34
6, Charisma, Nico Poons, Monaco, 2-7-2-4-6-7-3-6=37
7, Groovederci, John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, USA, Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational

Zhik AkzoNobelb 660x82Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82North Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

RORC Season's Points Championship and Cervantes Trophy Race preview
Over 5000 sailors from all over the world will race in the biggest offshore sailing competition in the world. Over 5000 sailors from all over the world will race in the biggest offshore sailing competition in the world. While this year the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race is the showcase event, there are fourteen testing races that make up the championship, and every race has its own coveted prize for the overall winner and for class honours.
Posted today at 11:35 am
Biggest Round the World Ocean Race returns to Liverpool
The biggest round-the-world ocean race is to return to Liverpool with start and finish of this unique global challenge The biggest round-the-world ocean race is to return to Liverpool with the start and finish of this unique global challenge moving from the capital back to the River Mersey on the tenth anniversary of its last partnership with the region.
Posted today at 6:52 am
2018 BVI Spring Regatta adds new race to Sailing Festival
On the heels of the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, preparations have already begun for 2018. On the heels of the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, preparations have already begun for 2018. The week of March 27 - April 1 will offer the unique opportunity to race under a full moon. With that illumination, we will run the inaugural 'Full Moon Race, 64 Islands ~One Brilliant Night'.
Posted today at 6:32 am
Giant international gathering for Rolex Fastnet Race
August's Rolex Fastnet Race remains on track for a record-sized fleet. Currently 390 boats are entered August's Rolex Fastnet Race remains on track for a record-sized fleet. Currently 390 boats are entered: 338 competing for the main IRC handicap prize; the remainder racing for their own trophies in the Class40, IMOCA 60, Volvo Ocean 65 and Multihull grand prix classes.
Posted today at 5:25 am
Sailing World Cup Hyères – Laying down a marker
Over 500 sailors from 52 nations opened their quest for World Cup honours, personal best performances and bragging right In the 38 strong Women's Windsurfer fleet, Israel's Noga Geller came out flying with superb starts and speed. Feeling comfortable in the conditions, she snapped up the first two race wins.
Posted on 25 Apr
A Few Rays - When you think of sunscreen as a filter....
If a sunscreen is a filter of UV rays, how much is enough? If a sunscreen is a filter of UV rays, how much is enough? Where the skin is exposed and a sunscreen is working for you, it is filtering UV rays. Some of those rays always get through. The percentage of the high energy UVB rays (said to cause sunburn) that get through to cells in the skin can be determined by the claimed SPF of the product you are using.
Posted on 25 Apr
Charleston Race Week - Overall report
Charleston Race Week 2017 took place in April 20-23 2017. ORC rule was implemented as the principal handicap rule Charleston Race Week 2017 took place in April 20-23 2017. ORC rule was implemented as the principal handicap rule for the Charleston Race Week 2017, it was the first time this system was used in a major North American regatta. Thirty boats raced in four separate ORC Classes at this event.
Posted on 25 Apr
World Cup Series in Hyères – Racing needs to be fast, not the food
Spanish sisters, Carla and Marta Munté Carrasco, sail together in the 49erFX and know they have a problem. Many sailors will be brimming with confidence after browsing the weather forecast and will be striving for gold in Hyères. But it is a team small in stature that know exactly where they stand in terms of performance that intrigues.
Posted on 24 Apr
New addition to North Sail for Volvo Ocean 65 racing machines
Their sails have powered eight out of nine Volvo Ocean Race winners since 1989-90, with Steinlager 2. Instead of assembling cloth panels into a particular sail shape, the Volvo Ocean Race sails are composites. This means that 3Di material 'tapes' are laid in a specific arrangement, offering stable structure to the sail where it is needed most.
Posted on 24 Apr
Experience is key as Team Oman Air prepare for Extreme Sailing Series
Team Oman Air skipper Phil Robertson says his crew's unrivalled experience could prove vital to victory in second round Known worldwide for hosting sailing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Qingdao is notorious for its ability to catch crews off guard with a fickle breeze that can go from next to nothing to gale force in a matter of minutes.
Posted on 24 Apr