Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

Farr 40 North American Championship - Patience pays off on Day 1

by Farr 40 Class Association on 25 Jul 2013
2013 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship © Rolex/Daniel Forster http://www.regattanews.com
2013 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship Day 1 - Patience paid off today, allowing the fleet to complete two opening day races on Vineyard Sound after waiting more than two and a half hours for the breeze to wake up, yawn, and stretch its legs. In the end, it was Nico Poons' (Monaco) Charisma to whom good things came in the wakeful southwesterly that built from 8-10 knots to as high as 14 by day's end.

The team posted finishes of two-one to claim three points and best the 11-boat fleet in overall scoring while leading Kevin McNeil's (Annapolis, Md.) Nightshift (four-three), in runner-up position, by four points.

After what Charisma tactician Morgan Reeser (Miami, Fla.) called a dismal start in race one, the team 'weaseled out of that nicely' by choosing to go right in a heavily favored wind shift to lead at the top mark. On the first run of the windward-leeward twice around course, however, it was Wolfgang Schaefer's German entry Struntje Light that impressed by immediately jibing for the left side of the course (while Charisma stayed right) and improving its position from next-to-last to first at the gate. By the second weather mark, Struntje Light had five boat lengths on Charisma and handily maintained that position to the finish line.




'They (Struntje Light) played it well,' said Reeser. 'Then in the second race, we had a lovely start, three up from the pin, and hit the line at speed. In that race the thermal had filled in-it was a lot more stable.'

Jim Richardson's (Boston, Mass.) Barking Mad, which leads in points on the class's 2013 U.S. Circuit Championship, started closest to the pin in race one and punched out handsomely, but the right-hand shift was the team's ticket to the back of the fleet on the first leg. 'We were looking good; we just didn't need the wind to go 30 degrees to the right on the first beat,' said the team's tactician Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Md.), explaining that it came back 25 degrees on the run. True to its winning pedigree, however, Barking Mad reclaimed four positions to salvage seventh in that race and powered on to finish second in the second race, claiming a very respectable fourth overall, tied on points (nine) with Struntje Light, which took eighth in its second race and is in third overall, and John Demourkas' Groovederci, which posted a three-six today and is in fifth.



One of the more spectacular scenes today was a spinnaker entanglement in race one, where Mexican entry Flojito y Cooperando's (Bernardo Minkow/Julian Fernandez) takedown at the first gate went awry and snagged the top of Plenty's rig. The spinnaker finally had to be cut away and retrieved from the water by Flojito y Cooperando while the fleet sailed away.

Tomorrow's winds are expected to be northeasterly at 16-22 knots. When asked how he thought Charisma would do in the heavy air, Morgan Reeser replied, 'Lord knows.'

Daily race reports and photos will be available online at Farr 40 website

Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82T Clewring AC72upffront 660x82

Related Articles

Kialoa patriarch, Jim Kilroy dies at 94 years
One of the legends of sailing Jim Kilroy died on September 29, 2016 at the age of 94 years. Jim Kilroy died on September 29, 2016 at the age of 94 years. Former Kialoa crew member Peter Allison gives a personal perspective on what it was like to be involved in the Kialoa team and sailing with Jim Kilroy.Then he and Andy Rose give their impressions of the big crash between Kialoa and Windward Passage ahead of the 1977 Sydney Hobart. Includes audio interview with Jim Kilroy
Posted today at 2:17 pm
2016 Groupama Race final results!
In real-time, the New-Zealander trimaran Vodafone, has ended up the 654 miles race in two days 33mn 12s In real-time, the New-Zealander trimaran Vodafone, has ended up the 654 miles race in two days 33mn 12s, sailing the West coast with an average speed above 20kts.
Posted today at 7:35 am
2016 Melges 32 World Championship - A wet departure from Norm
New England nor'easters are signified by not only by their strong winds, but also their driving rain New England nor'easters are signified by not only by their strong winds, but also their driving rain, and on the second day of the 2016 Melges 32 World Championship hosted by Sail Newport, competitors returned to the Newport Shipyard with three hearty races completed and no need to wash off the boats, foul weather gear or sails. The rain did all the work.
Posted today at 4:50 am
Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Crash sequence images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from crash sequence Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from crash sequence
Posted on 30 Sep
2017 Annapolis to Newport Race Seminar
Michael Keyworth present on his many years of offshore passage making including serving on Donnybrook as Watch Captain. After a great day at the Show, head to the AYC Clubhouse at its interim location at 12 Dock Street just outside the Boat Show to hear Keynote Speaker, Michael Keyworth present on his many years of offshore passage making including serving on Donnybrook as Watch Captain.
Posted on 30 Sep
Count down to Nassau – All-Time Champions - SSL Finals
The fourth edition in Nassau will feature for the first time a full sailing festival, with junior and traditional racing The VIP skippers are invited for their sailing achievements in different classes, and the Star sailors invited are the ones in the top 12 of the 2016 SSL Rankings. Throughout the year, Star Sailors from across the world gather ranking points at events and the top performers make the trip to Nassau for the SSL Finals.
Posted on 30 Sep
Didac Costa to take part in Vendee Globe despite lightning damage
Dídac Costa has shown today he is absolutely determined to overcome one more obstacle on his way to the start line. The Spanish sailor Didac Costa has reaffirmed that he will be taking part in the Vendee Globe despite lightning damaging part of his boat’s electronics. His team has called for new sponsors to overcome this latest difficulty. Costa will be the fourth Spanish sailor who has attempted to complete this gruelling race
Posted on 30 Sep
J70 Worlds - Paul Cayard reports on two races in a hot fleet - Day 3
Two races were held today on Berkeley Circle for the J70 fleet. The first one was in non-planing conditions Two races were held today on Berkeley Circle for the J70 fleet. The first one was in non-planing conditions of eight - twelve knots and the second had winds of fifteen - twenty knots.
Posted on 30 Sep
2016 Melges 32 World Championship - Newport nor'easter
There are many attractions that Newport offers for sailors around world, iconic sailing venue with rich sailing history There are many attractions that Newport offers for sailors around the world - an iconic sailing venue with a rich sailing history, great entertainment and of course, world renowned clam chowder. One unique Newport characteristic that greeted Melges 32 competitors on the first day of the 2016 Melges 32 World Championship was front edge of a strong nor'easter that brought 20-27 kt winds
Posted on 30 Sep
Alcatel J/70 Worlds - Wind and tide ask hard questions on Day 3
Mother Nature had some surprises in store for the 68 boats on the Berkeley Circle, San Francisco Mother Nature had some surprises in store for the 68 boats on the Berkeley Circle, San Francisco for the third day of racing at the Alcatel J/70 Worlds, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. Wind and tide combined to ask some hard questions of the crews - on both their light and heavy-air skills, as well as their patience.
Posted on 30 Sep