Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Farr 40 East Coast Championship - Enfant Terrible maintains lead

by Tink Chambers on 18 May 2013
Skipper Alberto Rossi and the Enfant Terrible team maintained their overall lead at the Farr 40 East Coast Championship, being held on the Chesapeake Bay. Sara Proctor http://www.sailfastphotography.com
It was as wild a day at the Farr 40 East Coast Championship on the Chesapeake Bay, with massive wind shifts and huge changes in pressure. It was tough for competitors to make sense of it all, but the remarkable fact is the top five places remain unchanged from the opening day.

Skipper Alberto Rossi and the Enfant Terrible team rebounded from a sixth in Race 3 by winning Race 4 then tacked on a third in Race 5 to remain atop the standings after two days of action off Annapolis. Rossi credited tactician Vasco Vascotto with making some super calls as the Italian entry posted the lowest score in the eight-boat fleet for the second straight day.

'It was very tricky racing. The best thing for our boat is that, in a crazy situation, Vasco understood what was going on. At the end of the day, he did it better than the rest,' Rossi said.

Enfant Terrible has a low score of 14 points – two better than Barking Mad, which held onto second place thanks to getting the gun in Race 5. Skipper Jim Richardson pretended that he was rolling dice when asked about Thursday’s sailing.

'It was a total crap shoot out there. The wind was so random and the shifts were so enormous. You factor in the current and the pressure changes and it really was difficult to figure things out,' Richardson said. 'We sailed well and got really fortunate at times. I’m pleased that we started well in every race and our crew work on the course was solid.'


California owner-driver John Demourkas and the Groovederci crew maintained third place in the overall standings with a consistent line of 5-4-2 on Thursday. Cameron Appleton is calling tactics for Demourkas, whose decision to return to using his old North 3DL sails has proven wise.

'Evidently the reboot is working. Our speed is the best it’s been all year. We’re able to work our way through the fleet,' said Demourkas, a Santa Barbara resident who posted his first Farr 40 victory at least year’s East Coast Championship off Annapolis. 'What a day the bay had in store for us today. It went from sleepy to howling.'

Principal race officer Wayne Bretsch took the fleet east toward the shipping channel in an effort to find wind. After a postponement of about two hours, the Annapolis Yacht Club race committee got things going with the windward marks set near Thomas Point on the western side of the Chesapeake Bay.

New York skipper Alex Roepers steered Plenty to victory in Race 3, moving from the middle of the pack into the lead on the second upwind leg. Annapolis pro Chris Larson is calling tactics on Plenty, which remains fifth overall in the regatta.

'We had one and a half fantastic races today. We were winning the second race at one point, but I gave away a few boats,' Larson said. 'We scrapped hard all day, but it’s tough out there. We sailed much better than our scores indicate.'

Plenty and Ramrod are tied with 22 points with the latter boat holding fourth by virtue of a better finish in Thursday’s final race. Annapolis skipper Rod Jabin sandwiched a second and fourth around a disappointing seventh and felt good to be in the same position as he started the day.

'It’s transitional sailing. Being able to shift gears and trim the boat properly in changing conditions is crucial. The boats that have been able to do that the best are the ones in the top half of the standings,' Jabin said.

Annapolis-based pro Gavin Brady is tactician aboard Ramrod, which did not compete in Quantum Key West 2013 or the Miami Beach Invitational. Jabin, a local yacht yard owner, was not surprised his team is performing well in its first Farr 40 regatta of the year.

'It’s all about pointing the boat in the right direction and Gavin is one of the best in the world at doing that,' he said. 'I’ve got a great crew that has been with me a long time and these guys know how to sail this boat.'

Jabin joked that having a team full of longtime Annapolis locals did not make a difference in such unpredictable conditions. 'Some of the out-of-town sailors asked me if it’s always like this in Annapolis and I laughed. I told them it’s never like this in Annapolis,' he said.

Enfant Terrible captured line honors in Race 4, which started in roughly the same wind (6-8 knots out of the south) as Race 3. However, things got wild during the day’s second race with the breeze building into the teens. There was a huge right-hand shift that turned the first downwind leg into a jib reach while a 22-knot gust pummeled the fleet as it rounded the second windward mark.


Barking Mad, which has Annapolis-based pro Terry Hutchinson aboard as tactician, won the start and led at each marking rounding en route to winning Race 7. Organizers with Stagg Yachts praised Bretsch and right-hand man Dick Neville for getting back on schedule for a 10-race series.

'It was really, really tricky racing and the committee did a splendid job of completing three races,' said Geoff Stagg, who has managed the Farr 40 class since its inception.


Nightshift, skippered by Annapolis Yacht Club commodore Kevin McNeil, sailed very well in placing second in Race 4. Asterisk UNO, skippered by Hasip Gencer of Istanbul, Turkey, posted its best result of the regatta with a third in Race 3.

2013 Farr 40 East Coast Championship (eight entries)
1, Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, Ancona, Italy, 2-2-6-1-3=14
2, Barking Mad, Jim Richardson, Newport, RI, 1-4-7-3-1=16
3, Groovederci, John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, CA, 3-3-5-4-2=17
4, Ramrod, Rod Jabin, Annapolis, MD, 8-1-2-7-4=22
5, Plenty, Alex Roepers, New York City, 4-5-1-5-7=22
6, Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, MD, 7-6-4-2-5=24
7, Asterisk-UNO, Hasip Gencer, Instanbul, Turkey, 6-8-3-6-8=31
8, Struntje Light, Wolfgang Schaefer, Lueneberg, Germany, Farr 40 website

Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82T Clewring Cruising

Related Articles

PA Consulting and Allen RS Feva Worlds 2016 – Day 2
Heavy metal day. Gold, Silver or Bronze. It was going to going to be tight at the cut off points. Heavy metal day. Gold, Silver or Bronze. It was going to going to be tight at the cut off points. A number of boats went into the day in much lower positions than expected for a variety of reasons. Could they make it up?
Posted today at 7:34 am
Chile’s Clemente Seguel wins Youth North American Championship
Chile's Clemente Seguel on top with four bullets in four races. The wind didn't come in on Tuesday, leaving the results as they were after Monday: Chile's Clemente Seguel on top with four bullets in four races.
Posted today at 4:58 am
Kinetic V wins 2016 Vic-Maui Yacht Race
Kinetic V Wins Vic-Maui 2016, Valkyrie wins Line Honours and second overall, Longboard takes third overall. 2016 Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Kinetic V Wins Vic-Maui 2016, Valkyrie wins Line Honours and second overall, Longboard takes third overall.
Posted today at 4:08 am
TowBoatUS Bay St. Louis now offers 24/7 on-water assistance to boaters
Capt. Conrad Morris, knows what it is like to get stuck on a sandbar in Mississippi Sound. Capt. Conrad Morris, the new owner of TowBoatUS Bay St. Louis, a 24-hour on-water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, knows what it is like to get stuck on a sandbar in Mississippi Sound. “It happened to me countless times when I was a kid,” he said. “Sometimes we had to spend the night waiting for the tide to come in – there weren’t any towing services around back then.”
Posted today at 3:23 am
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Azzurra strikes back
Azzurra delivered their best day of the season so far on the Bay of Palma waters where they won the World Champion title The team of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda scored two second places from the pair of windward-leeward races which were sailed in relatively steady sea breeze conditions. Super sharp starting was the launch pad for race victories today. Prime position on the pin mark of the start line at the gun was key to the wins of Bronenosec and Provezza.
Posted on 26 Jul
Registration open for Rally to the Cup 2017
It will provide dock space at the St. Georges Sports and Dinghy Club for the first 20 to 25 boats to sign up. It will provide dock space at the St. Georges Sports and Dinghy Club for the first 20 to 25 boats to sign up and a designated anchorage area (with launch service) or a berth along the wall in St. Georges for all others.
Posted on 26 Jul
New French leader on Day 3 of Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
Breakfast time today saw some furious adding up to resolve the winning team in the high scoring offshore race Initially France Blue, overall leaders after day one, looked strong with their two big boats, Eric de Turkheim's A13, Teasing Machine, and the Prietz family's JND 39, GOA, in front. As boats started finishing the Flanders North Sea team edged ahead.
Posted on 26 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Races 3 and 4 images
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races three and four Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races three and four
Posted on 26 Jul
Gstaad Yacht Club's Racing Team trio for Rio 2016
Pre-Olympic Brunch at the GYC clubhouse – members, guests and friends gave a Brazilian farewell to the GYC Racing Team. The Gstaad Yacht Clubs sport members are: the Nacra 17 team with Matías Bühler and Nathalie Brugger who qualified for Switzerland, the 470 sailor Will Ryan, who starts with his helmsman Matthew Belcher for Australia and Billy Besson, who starts in the Nacra 17 class too, together with his crew Marie Riou for France.
Posted on 26 Jul
Countdown to the Rio Olympics—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 26 Jul