Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Farr 40 East Coast Championship - Barking Mad moves into the lead

by Tink Chambers on 18 May 2013
Skipper Alberto Rossi and his team aboard the Italian entry Enfant Terrible trail Barking Mad by just one point going into the final day of the Farr 40 East Coast Championship. Sara Proctor http://www.sailfastphotography.com
When asked to describe day three of the Farr 40 East Coast Championship, John Demourkas drank a beer while sitting in his support boat at the Annapolis Yacht Club docks and just shook his head. The California skipper remains baffled by the conditions on the Chesapeake Bay, but felt fortunate that his Groovederci team held onto third place for the third straight day.

'The Chesapeake continues to be a conundrum. Between the breeze, the tide and the current… just the overall fickle nature of the sailing,' Demourkas said. 'It’s tough here. You have to really be alert and on top of your game to do well.'

With three days down and one more to go, it is skipper Jim Richardson and the crew aboard Barking Mad that have figured things out the best. Richardson steered Barking Mad to a second and third in Friday’s two races and that was good enough to overtake Enfant Terrible for the overall lead.

Barking Mad has posted two bullets and three other top three results in totaling 21 points, one better than the Italian entry that led the regatta upon conclusion of racing Wednesday and Thursday. Skipper Alberto Rossi and the Enfant Terrible team suffered a seventh in the opening race on Friday, but rebounded to take line honors in the second start.

'I’m happy with the way we are sailing. The crew has done an outstanding job and we’ve shown pretty good boat speed,' Richardson said.


Barking Mad struggled a bit at the Miami Beach Invitational in March, closing the regatta with consecutive sevenths to finish fifth in the overall standings. Richardson is pleased to see the veteran team performing closer to the level it did while winning Quantum Key West 2013.

'We made some adjustments to boat setup and things have begun to come together for us,' Richardson said. 'I also think it helps that we’re all on the same page in terms of overall tone on the boat.'


Groovederci is five points behind Barking Mad after finishing fourth and fifth in Friday’s races. Demourkas, the defending East Coast Champion, is looking forward to a typically exciting conclusion to a Farr 40 regatta.

'As always in this class, things are tight. It’s down to the last day and it’s time to dig down and pull it out,' Demourkas said. 'I’m pretty happy with where we are at the moment. We’ve given ourselves a chance and that’s not easy to do in this fleet.'

New York skipper Alex Roepers and the boys aboard Plenty are still in striking distance as well after winning Race 7. It was the second bullet of the regatta for Plenty, which also has four results of fifth or lower.

'I’m happy that we’ve won two races. However, I’m not happy that we can’t seem to string two good races together,' said Roepers, whose team was runner-up at the Miami Beach Invitational. 'We’re going fairly well, but we just can’t seem to put it all together. My hat’s off to Barking Mad and Enfant Terrible for being so consistent in such difficult conditions.'

Principal race officer Wayne Bretsch hopes to complete at least two starts on Saturday, which provides opportunity for more place changes. Richardson said Barking Mad will not go into the final day with the idea of match racing Enfant Terrible.

'I think it’s too early to begin focusing on any one boat. We’ll go out and try to sail well and let the chips fall where they may,' he said. 'If we get a chance to push Enfant or Groove back, we’ll take it. But we’re not going to go out of our way.'

Annapolis owner-drivers Rod Jabin (Ramrod) and Kevin McNeil (Nightshift) are fifth and sixth in the overall standings. Jabin, a local yacht yard owner, got the gun in Race 2 and has notched two other top three results in totaling 33 points – one better than McNeil, the current commodore of host Annapolis Yacht Club.

'This is a different type of event. You’ve got eight of the fastest Farr 40s in the world on a 1 ½-mile race track. It’s like going to the Olympics and sailing against the best of the best,' said Gavin Brady, tactician for Jabin aboard Ramrod. 'It doesn’t get any more exciting than this type of racing. You can sail a pretty good race and still find yourself fighting for last place against a really good boat.'

Brady, who resided in Annapolis for many years before moving back to his home country of New Zealand, said he’s heard a lot of dock talk about the fluky conditions on the Chesapeake Bay and took time to defend the body of water he’s come to know quite well.

'I hope the owners go away feeling that Annapolis is a great place to race. Yes, it can be very tricky, but that is part of the challenge of yacht racing,' Brady said. 'When we have the right race committee, which we do here this week, the racing is quite enjoyable. Today was a perfect example. We maximized the available breeze then called it a day. Now the crews are back onshore and able to enjoy all that this great town has to offer.'

2013 Farr 40 East Coast Championship (eight entries)

1, Barking Mad, Jim Richardson, Newport, RI, 1-4-7-3-1-2-3=21
2, Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, Ancona, Italy, 2-2-6-1-3-7-1=22
3, Groovederci, John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, CA, 3-3-5-4-2-4-5=26
4, Plenty, Alex Roepers, New York City, 4-5-1-5-7-1-6=29
5, Ramrod, Rod Jabin, Annapolis, MD, 8-1-2-7-4-3-8=33
6, Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, MD, 7-6-4-2-5-6-4=34
7, Asterisk-UNO, Hasip Gencer, Instanbul, Turkey, 6-8-3-6-8-8-2=41
8, Struntje Light, Wolfgang Schaefer, Lueneberg, Germany, 5-7-8-8-6-5-7=46

Mackay BoatsSouthern Spars - 100Helm Events 660x82

Related Articles

Tom Squires 'dab's' while skydiving at Sailing World Cup - Melbourne
Tom Squires from the British Sailing Team is in Melbourne jumped out of a plane as part of the event earlier this week. Tom Squires from the British Sailing Team is in Melbourne for the Sailing World Cup Final sailing on the RS:X jumped out of a plane as part of the event earlier this week. He took the opportunity to do his first 'dab' and managed to hurt his shoulder.
Posted today at 7:25 am
Vendee Globe - Dealer's choice - Antipodean duel in stormy low
Armel Le Cleac’h and Alex Thomson have throttled back to preserve their boats and equipment as best they can Gusty, squally winds averaging 40kts, big, confused seas compounded by an awkward wind angle are all contributing to the worst period yet for two leaders of the Vendee Globe as they deal with a nasty, messy low pressure system. Armel Le Cleac’h and Alex Thomson have throttled back to preserve their boats and equipment as best they can but even so speeds are still averaging between 18 and 20 kts.
Posted today at 6:11 am
Vendee Globe - Conrad Colman - 'It’s emotional and shocking'
Conrad Colman has shown in this race that he is not merely able to deal with the technical problems thrown at him Conrad Colman, currently in twelfth place directly south of Madagascar, has shown in this race that he is not merely able to deal with the technical problems thrown at him, but he has also revealed his ability to communicate how he feels and what life is like aboard an IMOCA with all its ups and downs. Here is his reaction to the recent incidents in the race.
Posted today at 5:24 am
International Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Home Cookin'
When Melges 20 first emerged as a top level one-design boat in 2009, it quickly called Coconut Grove and Biscayne Bay When the Melges 20 first emerged as a top level one-design boat in 2009, it quickly called Coconut Grove and Biscayne Bay its winter home for its great mix of perfect sailing conditions and family friendly surroundings.
Posted today at 4:07 am
Solo Round the World record attempt makes long-term sponsorship work
The recent focus in the sailing news has been on the boats racing in the Vendée Globe and the epic battle Tomas Coville is aboard Sodebo vying for the single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation record. Coville rounded Cape Horn at the tip of South America yesterday and is currently turning his bow north as he deals with the strong currents in the Estrecho de le Maire, or the Straits of le Maire
Posted on 8 Dec
Vendée Globe – Thomson locked in battle for first place
Alex, who has been locked in battle with Armel Le Cléac'h, was sitting in second place as he passed the half way mark Alex, who has been locked in battle with Frenchman Armel Le Cléac'h since the race began on November 6th, was sitting in second place as he passed the half way mark - the tip of New Zealand’s south island.
Posted on 8 Dec
12 Metre Class maps Road to 2019 Worlds in Newport – Countdown begins
The International 12 Metre Class has announced the Road To The Worlds, a 900-day schedule of international regattas The International 12 Metre Class has announced the Road To The Worlds, a 900-day schedule of international regattas and social events leading up to what will arguably be one of the most highly anticipated Metre yachting events
Posted on 8 Dec
Solo round-the-world record attempt – Thomas Coville rounds Cape Horn
The skipper of Sodebo Ultim’ sets a new solo reference time between Ushant and Cape Horn. With an average speed over the ground of 25.33 knots, the skipper of Sodebo Ultim’ sets a new solo reference time between Ushant and Cape Horn.
Posted on 8 Dec
Double capsize in thrilling Act 8 opener at Extreme Sailing Series
Sydney Harbour delivered 'classic conditions' in an electrifying opening day of the finale that saw two teams capsize. Sydney Harbour delivered 'classic conditions' in an electrifying opening day of the finale that saw two teams capsize. Clear blue skies were met with a blustery north-easterly breeze of around 22 knots as the eight international crews hit the iconic waters of Australia's largest city, for the eighth and final Act of this season.
Posted on 8 Dec
Oman Air lay foundations for gripping duel at Extreme Sailing Series
Oman Air made a flying start to their final bid for championship honours on a wild and windy day in Sydney Oman Air made a flying start to their final bid for championship honours on a wild and windy day in Sydney to lay the foundations for a gripping duel with rival Alinghi in the ‘winner takes all’ finals
Posted on 8 Dec