Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Farr 40 Worlds - Tightly contested affair on final day

by info@regattanews.com on 31 Aug 2013
Enfant Terrible (ITA) crew celebrating their Rolex Farr 40 World title - 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship © Rolex/Daniel Forster http://www.regattanews.com
The 16th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) in Newport, RI, was as expected a tightly contested affair, and ended today after four days of intense competition over ten windward/leeward races.

Alberto Rossi and his all-Italian crew on Enfant Terrible was crowned 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Champion, out of 15 crews from eight countries - Australia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Mexico, Turkey and the USA. The final battle for the title came down to very last run of the final race. The Italian victory was clearly hard-fought and well earned: Enfant Terrible finished tied on points with Kevin McNeil’s Nightshift (USA), but the Italians earned their title thanks to their three wins on the series standings. Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad (USA), three-time winner of the World Championship and current leader of the Farr 40 International Circuit Championship, finished in third, three points behind the leaders. Chicago architect Helmut Jahn, defending Rolex Farr 40 world champion with Flash Gordon 6 (USA), finished fourth with 57 points.


'It’s been a very challenging week – we were chasing a title that we really wanted and we had been working all year for,' commented a beaming and champagne-drenched Alberto Rossi as he stepped off Enfant Terrible. The week started slightly uphill, as tactician Vasco Vascotto explained: 'On the first race I fell off the boat and we lost those precious four points that would have made us a little less nervous coming into the final day.' The crew was able to stay on top of its game, learn from the unexpected and focus on the big picture, as Rossi commented: 'The guys did an amazing job, they never let go even when things went wrong. They have been sailing with me since 2009 and I am very proud of my team.'

The last day was pretty stressful for everyone – particularly for Rossi and Vascotto, who had to make up four points to overhaul Nightshift, the leader coming into the last day of the world championship with only two races to go. On how they managed their strategy on the final day, Rossi explained: 'Today we had two completely different approaches – in the first race we had to win, so we went in pretty aggressively and engaged Nightshift in a tight match race, and the outcome was good. Having gained two points, we were able to sail the last race with a slightly more conservative approach. The finish was simply amazing, with three boats on arriving on the line together. Ending at tied points confirms the exceptional level of the Farr 40 Class.' What does the future hold for Rossi and his Enfant Terrible? 'I love these boats, I love the people and everything about this class – I am not going anywhere, I will stay very close to the Farr 40s.'


This was the third time that Newport hosted the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship and everyone enjoyed the venue, the warm hospitality of the New York Yacht Club and the race course. 'The conditions were fantastic and challenging. We had it all – light breeze, strong wind, fog, rain, sunshine. I love Newport, I’ve sailed here many times before and it always brings me luck. Now it’s time to celebrate with all my team and the other Farr 40 crews,' commented Vascotto, who has all the reasons to enjoy his third victory at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, having previously won in 2003 and 2010 as tactician.


Finishing second at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships is an amazing feat, considering the level of the competition and the line-up of world-class tacticians and sailors, both professionals and amateurs alike. However, coming second on a tiebreaker is clearly a disappointment. With true sportsmanship spirit, Nightshift’s owner Kevin McNeil, who is also Commodore of the Annapolis Yacht Club, was quick to congratulate the Italians and praise his crew: 'We are very happy for them [the Italians], they sailed well. We had a great week, my team did a fantastic job and Newport, as always, was a great place to be.' Nightshift’s tactician Andy Horton, America’s Cup and Olympic sailor from the USA, summed up to perfection the essence of the Farr 40 class: 'To have the Worlds come down to four feet in the last run of the last regatta was simply awesome – this is Farr 40 racing.'


The 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship concluded with a celebration at Harbour Court, the stunning on-the-water clubhouse of the New York Yacht Club. During the official prize giving Alberto Rossi was awarded the Championship trophy and an engraved Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece, in true recognition of Enfant Terrible’s precision on the water.

The next edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be hosted by the San Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA, USA, from 17 to 20 September, 2014.

2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship Results
Place, Yacht Name, Owner/Skipper, Country, Results; Total Points

1. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, ITA, 5-5-8-3-1-1-2-5-1-10; 41
2. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, USA, 2-8-3-1-2-2-5-3-7-8; 41
3. Barking Mad, James Richardson, USA, 4-3-6-2-6-9-1-1-11-1; 44
4. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, USA, 7-2-2-9-8-6-13-4-4-2; 57
5. Charisma, Nico Poons, MON, 1-1-1-11-9-16/DSQ-4-2-10-5; 60
6. Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, TUR, 9-7-4-4-4-5-14-9-3-11; 70
7. Nanoq, HRH Prince Frederik, DEN, 6-6-7-14-7-4-9-6-5-6; 70
8. PLENTY, Alexander Roepers, USA, 3-9-12-13-5-11-3-11-2-3; 72
9. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 13-10-5-5-3-13-7-8-9-9; 82
10. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, AUS, 11-4-11-7-11-10-6-7-12-4; 83
11. Groovederci, John Demourkas, USA, 12-15-13-8-12-3-8-12-8-7; 98
12. Endorphin, Erik Wulff, USA, 8-12-9-12-13-7-11-10-6-13; 101
13. Flojito y Cooperando, Bernard Minkow/Julian Fernandez, MEX, 15-11-15-6-14-12-10-13-15-12; 123
14. White Knight, Zoltan Katinsky, USA, 10-14-14-10-10-14-12-14-13-14; 125
15. Oakcliff Racing, Seth Cooley, USA, 14-13-10-15-15-8-15-15-14-15; 134

For more information about the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds please visit Event Website

Colligo Marine 660x82Barz Optics - Melanin LensesNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Freides defends leadership at Melges 20 World Championship
The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship was a difficult one at best 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino was a difficult one at best, however managed to present some nice new faces at the front of the fleet.
Posted today at 2:51 am
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crew catch up - Meet Dhruv Boruah
After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations, some decide on a future in the marine industry, some take time out to assess their next move in life and others seek their next challenge.
Posted on 27 Aug
Changing of the Guard at Melges 20 Worlds, Freides takes over
The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship featured two races under shifty conditions 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino featured two races under shifty conditions, shaking up the standings and making Drew Freides' Pacific Yankee the new leader with a one point advantage over Michael Illbruck on Pinta now seated in second place.
Posted on 27 Aug
Vendée Globe – Yann Eliès and his team relaunch 60-ft IMOCA in Lorient
Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses. Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses organised at the Finistère Ocean Racing Centre in Port-la-Forêt (Brittany). He will also take part in the Azimut Trophy. Yann Eliès tells us about the work that has been done and what lies ahead in the final part of his preparation.
Posted on 26 Aug
Vendée Globe – A long trip between France and Iceland for Heerema
After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. Thanks to this voyage from France to Iceland and back, the Dutch skipper is finding out more about No Way Back, the new generation IMOCA on which he will line up on 6th November
Posted on 26 Aug
Phoenix returns and Cayard is back for the TP52 World Championships
Richard Cohen will compete at the championships in Mahón, Menorca, with Phoenix, which will be skippered by Paul Cayard. The carefully assembled team includes a core group of sailors who have many years of experience in the class, but Cayard cautions that their initial objective is to learn and improve together in line with their long term goal, to be competitive on the 2017 52 Super Series.
Posted on 26 Aug
Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted on 25 Aug
Best pictures of the first 4 Acts of the Extreme Sailing Series™
An influx of fresh talent have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40. An influx of fresh talent, new venues and a revised race format have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40 by a smaller, faster catamaran: the flying GC32.
Posted on 25 Aug
Return to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series™
Joining the fleet as the season heads into its second half is Gazprom Team Russia, led by WMRT champion, Phil Robertson. With one week to go, the fleet returns to St Petersburg for the fifth Act of the season, presented by SAP, 35 of the world’s best sailors are getting their heads in the game and preparing for the one of the trickiest venues of the season so far.
Posted on 25 Aug
Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug