Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Key West Race Week - Perfect Farr 400 showcase

by Victoria Low on 31 Jan 2013
Farr 400 Class at 2013 Quantum Key West Race Week © Jesus Renedo http://www.sailingstock.com
At Quantum Key West Race Week, brisk tradewinds that stayed true to the same NE’ly direction throughout the five days of racing, proved the perfect showcase for the Farr 400 One Design class whose boat owners enjoyed the double bonus of racing within the nine-boat HPR class.

Although it was George Collins and his highly experienced crew on Chessie Racing, which emerged with the top award for the Farr 400 class, in fact line honours were shared across the class of five boats from both sides of the Atlantic. Indeed it would be fair to say that in terms of performance and results, each of the Farr 400’s had their own time in the sun.

Racing was always close and in the 15-20kts breezes the Farr 400 put the crews through their paces delivering fast, exciting downwind sailing and excellent tactical upwind sailing. In the gusty, puffy and shifting winds a high premium was not only placed on fast sailing on the runs, but there were often big gains to be made in the gusts and shifts, which peppered the race track which was shared with the Mini Maxi, 52 Super Series, Farr 40 and Swan 42 classes.

Collins’ team proved consistent across the wind range. His crew includes three past members of the Stars & Stripes America’s Cup programmes, Ian Gordon of Farr Yacht Sails being one of the lynchpins on board Chessie Racing at Key West.

'Our crew work has been phenomenal. We've had very few mistakes,' commented Collins. 'I'm having a ball doing the starts and driving. The boats have a nice groove to them and are very quick. A little wet, but very fun to sail.'

And while Chessie Racing emerged triumphant they were challenged throughout the week, especially by the Scandinavian team of Claus Landmark on Santa, which was led by Danish double Olympic gold medalist, Jesper Bank and Star/49er Olympian, Michael Hestbak.

Despite their professional set up not allowing them to part of the overall Farr 400 class results, Landmark’s team loved the racing and was a great benchmark for all, not least for Collins’ crew who took some satisfaction at overcoming the strong Scandinavian Vikings with a final match race.

One of the early pacemakers in the regatta, who found their form as the breeze increased was Hannes Waimer, who runs Premier Composite Technologies, and his crew on Team Premier. Though his company co-founded the Farr
400 and build the boat, Waimer’s schedule means that he had done very little sailing on the boat. However, despite this Waimer and his team, which included former Volvo/Whitbread sailor Gordon Maguire doing tactics, put in some strong early performances.

But it was one of the very many lobster pots dotted around the Florida Keys that put a premature end to their regatta. During a fast downwind leg in Race 5 they were pulled to a very sudden halt, from 18 knots to zero in seconds, by a pot line. They discovered very quickly that their rudder had been severed by the line sadly meaning they could not return to the race course again.

'Personally for us although the outcome for Team Premier wasn't so positive as a result of our crab pot collision at 18 knots, it was a very positive outing for the Farr 400, showcasing the boat and the class in an important grand prix arena, in great conditions.' Recalled Waimer of Team Premier.

' The racing was very close racing and in the end it was a well known amateur helmsman who won against the professional helmsman of Santa under HPR.' Continues Waimer, 'And for both Chessie Racing and our own Team Premier this was actually the first time we raced the boats. We were both immediately competitive after two days of practicing. This alone speaks volumes for how easy it is to set up the boat and get it going.'

'The new HPR rule works well for boats like the Farr 400.' Comments Waimer, 'It just needs some tweaking on ratings for the different HPR boats - especially the ones that were not designed or built specifically for the rule. We are expecting a more competitive rating in Miami in March when the Farr 400 will next race a major regatta under Full results here
Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Southern Spars - 100Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Related Articles

Vendee Globe - Rescue plan for stricken de Pavant + onboard Video
French skipper Kito de Pavant was enduring an anxious wait this afternoon aboard Bastide Otio after he struck an object French skipper Kito de Pavant was enduring an anxious wait this afternoon aboard his Bastide Otio after he struck an object which destroyed his keel housing, ripped off his aft keel mountings and left the appendage supported only by the hydraulic keel ram.
Posted today at 6:30 pm
RORC Transatlantic Race – Leopard 3 due to finish sunrise Wednesday
Leopard is 600 miles ahead of their nearest rival, Arco Van Nieuwland and Andries Verder's Dutch Maxi Marten 72, Aragon At 1200 UTC Mike Slade's British Maxi, Leopard 3 was 240 miles from Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada and expected to take Monohull Line Honours at around sunrise on Wednesday. Leopard is nearly 600 miles ahead of their nearest rival, Arco Van Nieuwland and Andries Verder's Dutch Maxi Marten 72, Aragon.
Posted today at 4:19 pm
French skippers dominate entry list for 2018 Golden Globe Race
30,000 mile solo, non-stop round the world race is being staged to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original race The 30,000 mile solo, non-stop round the world race is being staged to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race back in 1968/9 which led to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston becoming the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world.
Posted today at 4:05 pm
Clipper Race skipper given special honour at French Sailing Awards
Olivier Cardin was recognised with a special award at last night’s French Sailing Federation’s flagship award ceremony. Olivier Cardin was recognised with a special award at last night’s French Sailing Federation’s flagship award ceremony, the Soiree des Champions.
Posted today at 2:45 pm
2017 America's Cup tickets will go on sale on 9th December
Six teams, representing USA, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, France, Sweden, will race incredible hydrofoiling yachts The six teams, representing the USA, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, France and Sweden, will race incredible hydrofoiling yachts on a stadium-style racecourse on Bermuda’s Great Sound which will make the events in Bermuda among the hottest tickets in world sport in 2017.
Posted today at 1:56 pm
Connecting Team Bridge at the Sailing World Cup Final Melbourne
Eldest son Ollie is hoping for a top two finish and his 17 year-old brother Guy will be pushing for top three. Consider the logistics of three teenage boys of varying ages all playing the same equipment heavy sport. Now imagine the coordination required for the Bridge family of kiters currently in Australia for an extended southern hemisphere tour that includes the IKA Formula Kite Open division
Posted today at 1:35 pm
Oman Air up the game in preparation for Extreme Sailing Series finale
A two-point lead at the top of the table, backed up by a winning habit and extra training, has boosted confidence levels A precious two-point lead at the top of the table, backed up by a winning habit and extra training, has boosted confidence levels ahead of Team Oman Air’s final push
Posted today at 1:22 pm
Good start to Sailing World Cup Melbourne for Aussies
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan won the first race in convincing style and finished the second race of the day in second place The Aussie duo of Mat Belcher and Will Ryan won their first race in convincing style, and finished the second race of the day in second place. They are currently in first place overall, two points ahead of the Japanese pairing of Takayama and Imamura.
Posted today at 12:23 pm
RNZYS Performance Programme ready to challenge on Sydney Harbour
The team will be led by Kiwi Chris Steele, who brings experience as a two-time New Zealand Match Racing champion. The team will be led by Kiwi Chris Steele, who brings experience as a two-time New Zealand Match Racing champion, as well as GC32 expertise.
Posted today at 11:51 am
Sailing World Cup Final– Chat with two coaches and a media boat driver
Enjoy the action from two very different, but both successful coaches here at the Sailing World Cup in Melbourne. Enjoy the action from two very different, but both successful coaches here at the Sailing World Cup in Melbourne.
Posted today at 11:27 am