Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

Farr 400 fleet to race at Quantum Key West 2013 Regatta

by Victoria Low on 12 Jan 2013
Quick journey uphill. - Farr 400 John Curnow ©
Azure blue racing waters that are often complemented by the reliable winds of Key West, Florida, will form the arena for the first skirmish of the 2013 season for the Farr 400 fleet, which will race within the new High Performance Class at Quantum Key West 2013 Regatta January 20-25 2013.

Five Farr 400’s – including international entries from Norway and Dubai – will compete in Key West to open a season, which it is projected should see a growing level of activity in the USA and Europe.

The Farr 400’s hold the majority in the nine-boat HPR fleet and will also be scored for a One Design class prize. The Farr 400 fleet has attracted a pleasing mix of renowned teams and sailors as well as strong crews for whom this will be the biggest test yet for their programmes.

Denmark’s double Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup match racing ace Jesper Bank may have a set of sailing credentials that impress in any company, but when he skippers Claus Landmark’s Santa, he will be under no illusions that success will come easily to a crack team, which includes a mix of former Volvo/Whitbread sailors and top Danish and Norwegian sailors.

'We really do not know what to expect. We really are still getting to grips with how to sail the boat. We have a great crew, very experienced and we are confident we will get it to work together, but we are still relatively new to it. So far we have done two real events with the boat and one was in 30kts of breeze, but we are really looking forward to measuring up against the other boats. The key for us will be to pick it up quickly and execute well.' Explains Bank.

Dubai-based Hannes Waimer, Managing Director of the Farr 400 builders, has moved from his TP52 to a Farr 400, Team Premier, and Quantum Key West 2013 is the first outing for this very experienced team. Former Whitbread/Volvo helm Gordon Maguire will call tactics for Waimer on a crew that includes America’s Cup sailors Mike Mottl and Adam Ostenfeld. Waimer takes time out from his busy schedule at the helm of Premier Composites Technologies returning to the race course:

'From a personal point of view I am just looking forwards to getting back on the water and going racing with the Farr 400. Most of the time I am in the factory seeing the boats being built so it will be great to be on the water in Key West, and to meet again with our Farr 400 owners from both sides of the Atlantic and share the enjoyment of racing at one of the must-do regattas,' explains Waimer.

George Collins’ well known Chessie Racing team has moved into the Farr 400 for the very first time and will be looking to put in some early practice prior to the first race. Boat Captain Ian Gordon has put together a crew from previous Chessie Racing yachts to try out first hand the new One Design.

A theme common to both Spaceman Spiff (Rob Ruhlman, Cleveland OH) and Meridian X (WS Shelhorse, Virginia Beach, VA) is they have crews that are predominantly amateur, made up of friends and family. Both raced their Farr 400’s at Quantum Racing Key West in 2012. Meridian X, which has Quantum’s Dave Flynn as tactician, finishing mid fleet.

Thereafter, the Farr 400’s plan to compete at Charleston Race Week (April 18-21) Kiel Week (22-30 June) and Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week (3-10 August).

Since the Farr 400 was launched in 2011 the class has enjoyed steady growth in spite of the slack global economy, gathering a core of like minded, enthusiastic owners who are committed to the exciting new One Design, which to date has also proven competitive in the exciting new HPR ‘Fast 40’ fleets.

'We are committed to getting the fleet growing in Europe this summer and we already have a core commitment from owners there so we are hoping to achieve a critical mass this season, but also to attend key major European regattas to showcase the Farr 400 as the One Design for the future.' Explains Dee Smith, Farr 400 Class Development Manager.

To date 13 Farr 400’s have been built with boats active in the USA, Scandinavia, Europe, Middle East and Australia. Premier Composite Technologies will have demonstration boats available for trials at regattas over the course of 2013, and for potential owners may be able to facilitate racing.
NaiadSchaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Colligo Marine 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
J22 World Championship - More Day 4 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 4 action. Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 4 action.
Posted on 26 Aug
2016 J22 World Championship - Day 4 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 4 action. Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 4 action.
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
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