Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Flash Gordon takes lead

by Tink Chambers on 18 Jul 2014
Skipper Helmut Jahn steered Flash Gordon 6 to a solid line of 2-3-5 on the opening day of action. - Farr 40 West Coast Championship Sara Proctor http://www.sailfastphotography.com
One of the notable storylines going into the Farr 40 West Coast Championship was the arrival of three Australian boats to the 2014 International Circuit. The Aussies made quite an impact on the opening day of the regatta, but it was an old standby that come out on top after three races were conducted off Santa Barbara.

Flash Gordon 6, skippered by longtime class member Helmut Jahn, showed tremendous consistency and captured the day with a solid score line of 2-3-5. With a low score of 10, Flash Gordon 6 leads a trio of boats that are tied with 13 points.

'We are very happy and satisfied with our effort today, but we know it doesn’t mean much at this point. There are three more days of racing and we have a bunch of boats nipping at our heels so we need to continue sailing well.'

Four-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams is calling tactics for Jahn, a Chicago architect who entered the regatta in third place of the International Circuit standings following three events.

The West Coast Championship got underway under overcast skies and a six knot south-southwesterly breeze. There was a delay of more than one hour between the first and second start as principal race officer Peter 'Luigi' Reggio waited for the sea breeze to build. That proved a wise decision as the clouds cleared away and the third race was held under sunny skies and 10-12 knot winds.

'Maneuvers are very important in light air because if you make a mistake it takes a long time to get back up to speed,' said Jahn, who praised the race committee’s decision to delay. 'Obviously, the third race was the best of the day and we have Luigi to thank for that. We could have been back at the dock having a drink when the wind was the most ideal.'



Voodoo Chile, owned by Lloyd Clark of Tasmania, came out of the gate like gangbusters – winning Race 1 then placing second in Race two. Tactician David Chapman is one of only two professionals aboard the Corinthian entry and he made a great call to go right on the first upwind leg of the afternoon.

'Chappy picked an early shift and it paid off quite handsomely. We were first to the top mark and had the boat speed to hold on the rest of the way,' Clark said.

Clark is sailing a brand new boat this week after purchasing the former Nanoq from Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. The Voodoo Chile crew stayed on the water for an hour after racing on Wednesday in order to sort out the rig tune.

'All in all, the team did a very good job with a new boat. To put up a first and a second is a bit unexpected since we just took delivery of the boat and haven’t really been able to get to know it very well,' said Clark, who finished 13th in Race three after a large batch of weed got stuck on the keel. 'We are quite thrilled with our performance today.'

Kokomo, owned by Sydney resident Lang Walker, got the gun in Race two and is equal on points with the Italian entry Enfant Terrible an fellow Australian boat Estate Master. Malcolm Page is calling tactics for Walker, who placed sixth in the other two races on Wednesday.



'It’s very good to be back on the circuit. We haven’t sailed for about six months so we weren’t sure how we would do,' Walker said. 'I’m very happy with the boat speed and the crew work was exceptional.'

In winning Race two, Walker said Kokomo got a great start and picked up a couple favorable shifts on the first upwind leg. Kokomo then took over first with a superb downwind run then extended the lead over the final two legs.

Enfant Terrible, which stands second in the International Circuit standings, captured line honors in Race three and that victory gave skipper Alberto Rossi the tiebreaker over Kokomo and Estate Master.

It was also an outstanding day for Martin and Lisa Hill as Estate Master posted a line of 4-6-3. Farr 40 class manager Geoff Stagg said the three Australian boats, which hold third, fourth and fifth place after opening day of racing, made a brilliant debut.

'I thought the Aussies were all on fire. All three boats sailed very, very impressively,' Stagg said.

Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82InSunSport - NZBakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

LMAX Exchange wins the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race
LMAX Exchange was confirmed last night as winner of Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. LMAX Exchange, skippered by Frenchman Olivier Cardin, was confirmed last night as winner of the tenth edition of the world’s longest ocean race, the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race.
Posted today at 9:03 am
Nic Douglass - On the dock and on board with the 'fat bottomed girl'
Nic Douglass, caught up with the crew of the supermaxi, Comanche, after she had completed her latest mission Adventures of a Sailor Girl, Nic Douglass, caught up with the crew of the supermaxi, Comanche, after she had completed her latest mission and had chopped 27.5hrs off the trans-Atlantic Race Record for a manually powered monohull. The last time I was waiting for Comanche to arrive after achieving a goal that they had set out to achieve was a very different scene
Posted today at 5:25 am
SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi apply the pressure in Hamburg
Morgan Larson’s dominant Omani team who go into the clubhouse in first place at the half way stage of the Act. 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ - A sunny day on the River Elbe coupled with a lively breeze saw SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi challenge Oman Air for honours on the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Hamburg, but it’s Morgan Larson’s dominant Omani team who go into the clubhouse in first place at the half way stage of the Act.
Posted today at 2:55 am
Comanche sets new trans-Atlantic Record - Video of the Finish
High definition video of Comanche crossing the virtual finish line off the Lizard to set a new monohull trans-Atlantic r High definition video of Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s supermaxi, Comanche setting a new, provisional world record for crossing the Atlantic for a monohull, in a manually powered sailing vessel of 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes 25 seconds. The video was recorded on and off the boat as she crossed the virtual finish line off the Lizard, southern England.
Posted today at 1:06 am
Close fight around Wight on Day 6 of Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
20-25 knot winds and glorious sunshine made for one of the most memorable races around the Isle of Wight on record With a win for Eric de Turkheim's A13, Teasing Machine (despite destroying a kite), and a second for Daniel Andrieu's Sun Fast 3200, Cifraline 4, France Blue have leapt ahead in the overall results, now holding a 35.5 lead margin over the second placed Flanders North Sea Team.
Posted on 29 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Week – Azzurra concludes with a win
Azzurra closes PPSW, the third event in the series with a win that feels like a wish for good luck in the events to come Azzurra closes the PPSW in Mallorca, the third event in the series, with a win that feels like a wish for good luck in the events to come. Quantum is the Series’ current leader, followed by Azzurra.
Posted on 29 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Week – Quantum Racing takes the prize
Quantum Racing wrapped up their third regatta title of the season with a race to spare on the Bay of Palma Quantum Racing wrapped up their third regatta title of the season with a race to spare on the Bay of Palma, winning 2016 Puerto Portals Sailing Week, Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec completed a notable comeback after a disappointing ninth at the Audi Settimana delle Bocche
Posted on 29 Jul
Oman Air faces some infamous challenges at Extreme Sailing Series
All teams made it onto the podium at some stage during the seven race programme, reflecting the degree of difficulty All seven teams made it onto the podium at some stage during the seven race programme, reflecting the degree of difficulty in achieving any sort of consistency in a very shifty and unstable breeze that topped out at a bracing 14 knots when all the GC32s catamarans took off on their foils and flew around the race course.
Posted on 29 Jul
Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy – 2 months to go to the 6th edition
The regatta is reserved to boats that are one hundred or more years old and in 2016 will celebrate its sixth edition. The regatta, unique in its genre, is reserved to boats that are one hundred or more years old and in 2016 will celebrate its sixth edition anniversary. Over the years, the Centenary trophy has gathered some of the most gorgeous and best performing classic yachts from the past century.
Posted on 29 Jul
Vendée Globe – Sébastien Destremau – Simplicity as a credo + Video
A native of Toulon in the south of France, Sébastien Destremau can lay claim to one of the smallest budgets of the fleet A native of Toulon in the south of France, Sébastien Destremau can lay claim to one of the smallest budgets of the fleet. His credo is to keep it simple, inexpensive and effective. Interview with the skipper of faceOcean, winner of the Calero Solo Transat back in the spring.
Posted on 29 Jul