by Di Pearson
The prestigious Seahorse ‘Sailor of the Month’ for June has been won by Australian yachtsman, Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones, coming off the back of victories at the Farr 30 North American Championship and the Farr 30 Magic Cup.
Darren Jones at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Jones beat renowned American America’s Cup sailor and three-time Olympic campaigner, Morgan Larson, for the June title, voted on by sailors and sailing supporters around the world.
'I've just come back from a month long trip away,' confirmed Jones, whose handy work included triumph at the Farr 30 North American Championship in Annapolis, USA, trimming main aboard Groovederci for Deneen Demourkas (USA).
Then came victory at the Farr 30 Magic Cup in Lidingo, Sweden, trimming for Richard Goransson (SWE) and his aptly named ‘The End’, adding to Jones’ growing collection of Championship trophies.
Back home for a well-earned quick breather, Jones will return to Sweden shortly for the Farr 30 Swedish National Championship and the Farr 30 Worlds in Båstad, Sweden. In between is Ireland’s major regatta, Cork Week, sailed out of Crosshaven.
From there, Jones will return home for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, and then it’s back to the USA for the Melges 32 Worlds at Newport, Rhode Island.
In high demand internationally, the Sydney-based sailor, who was genuinely chuffed to win the ‘Sailor of the Month’, is aiming to try and spend more time competing on home soil.
While the international invitations keep rolling in, Jones, highly regarded among the top mainsheet trimmers internationally, acknowledges: 'It's time I spent some quality time with my family, who don’t get to see much of me throughout the year.
'Personally, I’d also like to spend more time racing at home. I’m happy competing internationally, but it means so much to win for your own country,' said Jones, who in the past has helped Australians Richard Perini and the late Guy Stening to world championship titles in the Farr 30 class in 2004 and 2008 respectively.
Mainsheet trimmer for Perini when he also won the 2005 Farr 40 Worlds, Jones has been instrumental in taking Aussie teams all the way to the top in such events as the Sydney Harbour Regatta in March, where he helped the newly formed crew of Tasmanian Greg Prescott’s 2Unlimited SevenStar dominate and win the Melges 32 one-design class.