Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Farr 40 Pre-Worlds - Barking Mad leads after opening day

by Farr 40 Class Association on 15 Sep 2012
Farr 40 Pre-Worlds and US Circuit Championship 2012 Daniel Forster © http://www.DanielForster.com
The Farr 40 Pre-Worlds got underway today at Chicago Yacht Club in light and shifty conditions that eventually improved to near perfect. Three races were completed with Jim Richardson's Barking Mad from Newport, RI leading the pack of 20 entries on scores of 1 - 2 - 1. The reigning North American Champion is also leading the series into this final event of the 2012 Farr 40 North American Circuit.

Even though Richardson, with tactical help from America's Cup veteran and Star World Champion Hamish Pepper, has an impressive 8-point lead over nearest rival Enfant Terrible, owned by Alberto Rossi from Italy, he is not yet ready to claim victory, saying 'It was a really tough day out there, and it’s far from over yet.' Richardson should know: he is a 3-time World Champion in this class, dating back to the inaugural Worlds in 1998, and has been active in the class ever since.

This same cautious sentiment was echoed by Rossi, who leads Helmut Jahn's locally-based Flash Gordon 6 by only a point in the current standings. 'This is a surprisingly tough fleet,' said Rossi, 'everyone is at a high level. I think this will be a long week.' Rossi is also a World Champion, having twice won the ORCi Offshore World Championship while racing his Farr 40 in a mixed fleet.

Race 1's 4-5 knots of dying breeze was particularly cruel to Rossi, who led around the top mark by nearly a minute with help from Brazilian tactical legend Torben Grael, and after gybing back to stay on the favored side looked well on their way to holding that lead towards the bottom gate. But the team stumbled into a hole and watched helplessly as Barking Mad closed the gap and passed them to take the lead and earn their first win on a shortened course.

After a lengthy midday delay, a southeasterly lake breeze eventually filled in closer to shore to a sailable 7-9 knots, prompting relocation of the course area and the start of Race 2. In this race, Wolfgang Schaefer's Struntje Light won the start and the favored right side of the first leg, setting up the German team to hold and even extend their lead with tactical help from past America's Cup champion Peter Holmberg. And with Barking Mad in second and Enfant Terrible in third, it looked as though these top three leaders in the North American circuit could very well continue to dominate this Pre-Worlds event.

However, as the breeze building towards 10-12 knots and crews scrambled to adjust their rigs for the new conditions, it was time for some new teams to take their turn at the head of the pack.

On the strength of a perfect start that replicated Struntje Light's in the previous race, it was Bob Hughes's Heartbreaker that vaulted out of the blocks in Race 3, immediately tacked to the favored right side, and led the pack around the first top mark. The team from Michigan led by tactician Nick Thompson was chased closely by Turkish-based Hasip Gencer's Asterisk Uno, guided by tactician Mike Buckley. As Heartbreaker, Enfant Terrible, and others in the front ranks gybed away behind them, Asterisk managed to recover from a disastrous spinnaker hoist to lead at the bottom gate with Barking Mad, having chosen the favored side on this run while their nearest rivals at the top mark melted into the pack behind them.

The two finished 1-2 in Race 3, while Flash Gordon, led by World Match Race Champion tactician Bill Hardesty, beat out another local team, Phillip Dowd's Inferno, on the final run for third.

Racing continues tomorrow in the Farr 40 Pre-Worlds, the opening act of next week's 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship to be held over September Farr 40 Worlds website
Protector - 660 x 82Barz Optics - Kids rangeNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Wendy Tuck
For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. And as a result, she’s set to make history in the Clipper 2017-18 Race as the first Australian skipper to complete the arduous ocean challenge twice.
Posted today at 6:04 am
Round the Rocks kick's off St. Thomas International Regatta
Nearly 60 sleek sailing yachts from Caribbean, U.S., Canada and Europe will race in St. Thomas International Regatta. Nearly 60 sleek sailing yachts from the Caribbean, U.S., Canada and Europe will race in the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta. Set for March 24 to 26, this three-day regatta known as the ‘Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing’ will be prefaced by the second Round the Rocks Race on March 23, which features a circumnavigation of the 19-square-mile neighbouring U.S. Virgin Island of St. John.
Posted on 23 Mar
Vendée Globe – A hugely popular event and media success
With 29 skippers setting sail and 10 nations represented, the eighth edition offered a wide range of projects The results show huge increases everywhere: many more people attending the event, unprecedented media coverage and feedback, a record level of international coverage without talking about the very positive race outcome in terms of the rankings.
Posted on 23 Mar
RC44 Championship Tour heads to Lanzarote for final regatta
For 2017 the fleet will return to Europe's southern shores with racing hosted from the new facility, Marina Lanzarote The Calero Marinas have been a regular winter destination for the RC44 fleet over the years having hosted four regattas and three World Championships between 2010 and 2013.
Posted on 23 Mar
A Q&A with Charles Pessler, the regatta director of the legendary STIR
I corresponded with Charles Pessler, STIR’s regatta director, to learn about the event’s recent changes and evolutions. I recently corresponded via email with Charles “Chuck” Pessler, who is serving as the regatta director of the legendary STIR, to learn more about the changes and evolutions that have taken place at the event since my 2010 trip to racing paradise.
Posted on 22 Mar
One great challenge for Transatlantic Race 2019
Greatest challenge has confirmed the start date for its next edition; and this time every competitor will depart Newport A virtual gate off Lizard Point will enable teams to challenge the course record for this historic passage, but the official finish will take place off the Royal Yacht Squadron's waterfront castle in Cowes, England.
Posted on 22 Mar
Less than a month to go to 8th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth
To date, 66 teams have signed up for the event, which bodes well for an exceptional vintage Péan will be casting an expert eye over the event that occurs 10-15 April. A seasoned and talented sailor, he boasts one of the most prestigious track records in French sailing, with victories logged in the Solitaire du Figaro in 1983, then the Whitbread (a crewed around-the-world race with stopovers) in 1986.
Posted on 22 Mar
Transat Jaques Vabre – Oman Sail takes on Class 40 challenge
The new campaign is the latest stage of the relationship between Al Hasni, one of Oman's most promising sailors Oman Sail has revealed a new adventure for 2017 as the pioneering national initiative takes on a double-handed Class 40 challenge pairing up mentor and long-term skipper of various Oman Sail projects, Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, with his protégé and Oman Sail’s most successful offshore sailor, Fahad Al Hasni.
Posted on 22 Mar
RORC Easter Challenge – Free expert coaching
A coach can optimise practice time, provide detailed analysis via both stats and video, can examine specific issues If you want to do better out on the race course, you could buy yourself a newer, more competitive boat. Or sail with a better crew. Or could buy some new sails. Or put in some practice. But keelboat crews frequently forget that one of the best value methods is to employ a coach.
Posted on 22 Mar
Vestas 11th Hour Racing launch Volvo Ocean Race campaign
Vestas are returning for a second edition, after launching their 2017-18 campaign in partnership with 11th Hour Racing Vestas 11th Hour Racing will be led by the American duo of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill. The team are the fourth to announce for the upcoming edition, which begins on 22 October, and they will use the race to promote a sustainability message around the world.
Posted on 21 Mar