Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 40+ 728x90

Farr 30 World Championship - Gear busting day 1

by Farr 30 Class Association on 9 Sep 2011
Farr 30 Worlds Day 1 - San Francisco © Meredith Block/Farr 30 worlds
Rough ebb-against-tide waves and a constantly building breeze gave an emphatic welcome to the Farr 30 World Championship fleet today in three action-packed races run by Principal Race Officer Hank Stuart.

Race 1 started shortly after 11 AM in less than 15 knots of wind, but the Bay’s famous thermals built quickly to a recorded 30 knots before the end of the final race.

14-year-old Southern California sailor Roberto Stevens was still loaded with adrenaline 30 minutes after hitting the dock aboard Huckleberry 2. 'That was the craziest thing I’ve ever done, with boats going over left and right,' said Stevens, the youngest sailor in this year’s Worlds fleet. When asked if he was scared by the steep chop and powerful blasts funneling past Angel Island, he laughed. 'No way – I’m ready for more!'

Huckleberry 2 skipper Jim Murrell was one of the few boats without a major wipeout during today’s breezy downwind legs, and he attributed his comfort to knowledge he picked up during a cocktail party thrown by the Demourkas family last night. 'A couple of top owners told me that they, too, had their heart in their throats in big conditions,' said Murrell. 'That gave me the confidence that I wasn’t crazy, and I could sail just as hard as they do, and we’re really happy with our results today.' Huckleberry sits in eighth place.


Pre-Worlds winner Groovederci (John Demourkas, Skipper) started the day with an emphatic victory, but difficulty with the waves on the downwinds led to two midfleet finishes, knocking them back to third place on the day. 'We had some great moments and some not-so-great moments,' said pitman Patrick Gavin-Brynes. 'We’ll try to forget the latter tonight and get back in the groove tomorrow.'

Local rigger Scott Easom aboard 8-Ball sailed the most consistent day, with a 2-4-1 scoreline, including a brilliant final race that saw them pass both Groovederci (Deneen Demourkas) and second place Barking Mad on the final leg to take the win. Trimmer Chris 'Louie' Lewis attributes largely to Easom’s skill at the helm. 'Scott’s just a joy to sail with in any class, and watching him pick his way downhill through the waves is just awesome,' Louie said. He added that the new team is on a hugely steep learning curve with the Farr 30, and that every day, they 'accumulate another mountain of knowledge' amongst such a competitive fleet.

8-Ball may have had been on fire on the racecourse today, but they were literally on fire on the way to the dock! 'We’ve had some engine issues over the past few days, but we were a little surprised to see flames coming from the battery compartment on the way in,' Louie said. Apparently it was nothing a few sprays of a fire extinguisher couldn’t solve, though the crew has a long night ahead of them rewiring the boat.

Racing continues tomorrow, with three more races scheduled under similar forecast conditions to today: Big breeze, clear skies, and big waves. The 2011 Farr 30 Championship runs through Sunday as part of the Rolex Big Boat Series.



Complete Results: here
Farr 30 Classociation here

PredictWind.com 2014North Technology - Southern SparsAncasta Ker 40+ 660x82

Related Articles

RORC Caribbean 600 race kicks off tomorrow
The light air forecast is not good news for the Italian ocean racing trimaran which is designed for much stronger winds. Soldini’s men have been monitoring the weather situation closely after the formation of a low-pressure storm system far to the north of Antigua disrupted the normal strong trade wind conditions.
Posted on 19 Feb
Vendée Globe – Roura to finish Monday morning with Super Superbigou
Eleven skippers have already finished and eleven were forced to abandon their race. Seven solo racers were still at sea this Sunday afternoon. Eleven skippers have already finished and eleven were forced to abandon their race.
Posted on 19 Feb
Spectacular opening for the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600
The highly acclaimed Antigua Band 1761 took to the stage and lit the blue touch paper. Sailors enjoyed a traditional Caribbean welcome with the Panache Steel Orchestra opening the musical entertainment, complimentary drinks and fine Caribbean fayre.
Posted on 19 Feb
H.H NOOD Regatta - Local sailors make waves on Tampa Bay during Day 2
Michael Zonnenberg, of the Lightning division, is currently one of only two local skippers leading a class. With sailors from across the country and beyond in town for the annual Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta this weekend, stand-out local skippers were a highlight of Saturday's competition. Michael Zonnenberg, of the Lightning division, is currently one of only two local skippers leading a class.
Posted on 19 Feb
Krabi waters deliver a spectacular Day 3 of the Bay Regatta 2017
Opting for just two starts each day – monohulls / multihulls – has proven a successful strategy for 2017 The Bay Regatta Opting for just two starts each day – monohulls and multihulls – has proven a successful strategy for the 2017 The Bay Regatta, getting the boats off early and enjoying the good breeze and eye-candy that is the Andaman triangle of Phuket-Phang Nga-Krabi.
Posted on 18 Feb
Amedeo writes his own Vendée Globe story
Parisian political journalist turned solo ocean race Fabrice Amedeo secured 11th place when he crossed the finish line Parisian political journalist turned solo ocean race Fabrice Amedeo secured 11th place when he crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne at 09 hrs 03 m UTC this morning Saturday 18th February.
Posted on 18 Feb
Vendee Globe - Under a square head jury rig and storm jib - Day 104
Conrad Colman updates from the Atlantic as he makes 6.2kts under Jury Rig with 488nm remaining to sail Conrad Colman updates from the Atlantic as he makes 6.2kts under Jury Rig with 488nm remaining to sail to reach the finish line of the Vendee Globe. The single handed sailor is attempting to become the first competitor in the eight editions of the solo non-stop round the world race to complete the course using only natural energy. He has 200nm under the makeshift rig
Posted on 18 Feb
Amedeo writes his own Vendée Globe story - 11th place
Fabrice Amedeo secured 11th place in the Vendée Globe when he crossed the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne Journalist and solo ocean race Fabrice Amedeo secured 11th place in the Vendée Globe when he crossed the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne at 09 hrs 03 m UTC this morning Saturday 18th February. His excellent finish represents the culmination of a dream to take part in the famous solo ocean race around the world. Sailing Newrest-Matmut Amedeo's elapsed time for the course is 103 d 21h 1 m.
Posted on 18 Feb
EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour - Douillard avenges upset with victory
French sailing star Thierry Douillard avenged shock last-minute defeat in opening stage of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour French sailing star Thierry Douillard avenged a shock last-minute defeat in the opening stage of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour by snatching victory in round two of the Gulf classic on Friday.
Posted on 18 Feb
2016 Community Sailing and Training Award winners recognized at NSPS
2016 Community Sailing and Training Award winners were celebrated as part of 2017 National Sailing Programs Symposium The 2016 Community Sailing and Training Award winners were celebrated on Thursday night as part of the 2017 National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas.
Posted on 18 Feb