Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Farr 400’s sail to success on two different continents

by Victoria Low on 16 Mar 2013
2013 HPR class Midwinter Championships Miami - Farr400 Rick Tomlinson © http://www.rick-tomlinson.com
Farr 400’s sailed to victory at keynote regattas on two different continents over the past weekend. In Australia, Matt Allen and his crew of Ichi Ban topped the 18 boat PHS Division 1 by two points after the four races sailed over Saturday and Sunday at the regatta which is one of the biggest keelboat regattas in the country, attracting more than 200 boats.

In Miami, racing off South Beach and Key Biscayne over four days of competition and eight races Dee Smith skippered and steered Team Premier to second place at the inaugural HPR Midwinter Championship, finishing with a flourish, taking three bullets to finish just one point behind the Carkeek 40 Spookie, owned and steered by Olympic silver medallist Steve Benjamin. Ian Gordon and team on George Collins’ Chessie Racing finished third, only two points behind Team Premier.

'We had a great final day when things just clicked a bit better. I got more into the wind shifts, there were less holes and it was just a little more settled. We got to the shifts better and all sailed well as a group..' Dee Smith smiled on the dock at Miami Beach Marina.

'It’s kind of funny in a way because our worst score was a fourth, which we made when we lost third by one second, and if we had held that third we would have won the regatta on countback. So I guess you could say we were missed first by one second, but there was a also a race we lost by only 25 seconds, so in fact it was great racing and I do have to say that the best sailed boat, Spookie, won. They were the more consistent and deserved to win it.'

Over the eight races the Farr 400’s won six of the eight races, Chessie Racing sharing the early lead in the event which is sailed under the new High Performance Rule.

'In the end the rule is working well now. For sure the best sailed boats were winning races and it was close, down to seconds usually. I can’t remember a series being closer. The Farr 400 is competing well now under the rule, getting owners good racing against the Carkeek 40’s which were designed a couple of years later, to the rule, while the Farr 400 is a more economic proposition, costing probably 40% less.'

For Matt Allen it is Ichi Ban’s second big win in Australian waters after triumphing at Hamilton Island on the Farr 400’s debut in August.

The winning boat is on show this coming weekend March 16-17 at the Club Marine Pittwater Sail Exop at the Royal Prince Alfred YC.
Naiad/Oracle SupplierSchaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Rolex Swan Cup – A noble approach to sailing
Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment, a prevailing spirit of fair play and an opportunity to sail yachts renowned for their grace, enduring appeal and rich heritage.
Posted on 25 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Oiling the wheels
The TP52 Class have been coming to chic self-contained Puerto Portals since the Med Fleet’s formative year, 2005. The TP52 Class have been coming to chic self-contained Puerto Portals since the Med Fleet’s formative year, 2005. The MedCup was hosted four times by the marina between 2005 and 2008 and 2016 is now the second time that the 52 Super Series will race out on the Bay of Palma based from Puerto Portals Marina.
Posted on 24 Jul
Panerai British Classic Week - Whooper in action on Day 5
The fifth day of Panerai British Classic Week produced some interesting weather, some challenging racing The fifth day of Panerai British Classic Week produced some interesting weather, some challenging racing and confirmed of the overall winner in several classes.
Posted on 22 Jul
Transat Québec Saint-Malo – All bets are off for these final 24 hours
Class40 fleet entered the English Channel this morning, and the leading group is so tightly packed that all bets are off The Class40 fleet entered the English Channel this morning, and the leading group is so tightly packed that all bets are off as to the sporting outcome of this ninth edition presented in collaboration with the City of Lévis.
Posted on 21 Jul
52nd Rolex Big Boat Series boosted by one-design classes
Kostaneckisays the varied conditions of San Francisco Bay make the regatta a unique challenge. Of the 48 boats currently entered to race September 15–18, there is a strong showing of emerging one-design classes including the J/70 Class and the C&C 30 Class, which have nine and six boats registered, respectively.
Posted on 5 Jul
Road to Rio – One Olympic venue to the next
Sailing World Cup touched down in Weymouth and Portland last week and it was one of the last official organised regattas The Sailing World Cup touched down in Weymouth and Portland last week and it was one of the last official organised regattas before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It gave the future Olympians an opportunity to test themselves one last time against their Rio competitors, in a full race setting, before the summer showpiece.
Posted on 15 Jun
World Sailing invites bids for 2017 and 2018 Annual Conference
Annual Conference brings together more than 400 delegates over a seven-day period every first full week of November. World Sailing's Annual Conference brings together more than 400 delegates over a seven-day period every first full week of November. It is the central meeting point where the strategy of sailing is reviewed, discussed and celebrated.
Posted on 7 Jun
World Sailing completes final on-site review of the Rio 2016 Olympic
Briefings were provided over two days on key operational and service areas for the Olympic Games. Briefings were provided over two days on key operational and service areas for the Olympic Games, including venue construction, competition schedules, broadcasting, media operations, accommodation, transportation and ticketing.
Posted on 26 May
The World Championships just keep on coming
Last week was the finish of the Finn Worlds. Torch passed to the Laser Standard currently in Mexico having their Worlds. While the Olympic torch is being passed from person to person on its trip to Rio 2016, the Olympic and Paralympic classes are doing the same as the World Championships torch passes along on its tour around the world to Brazil.
Posted on 18 May
World Sailing teams up with Andrew Simpson Foundation and Bart's Bash
Andrew Simpson Foundation continues to encourage people to get on the water and promote the benefits it brings. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation continues to encourage more people to get on the water and promote the benefits it brings people of all abilities. In 2016 Bart's Bash will be raising awareness and funds to support grassroots disabled sailing globally.
Posted on 16 May