sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Key West 2013 - Farr 40 Friendly competition
Key West 2013 - Farr 40 Friendly competition

'Farr 40 fleet at Key West 2013'    © Enfant Terrible/ZGN

Key West 2013 not only provided Farr 40 sailors with platform for competition but reasons to mingle with friends at the dock after an intense week of racing.

When it was all over, after a wild and windy week at Quantum Key West 2013, Jim Richardson bought a mudslide for John Demourkas and two veteran owners discussed another regatta filled with close competition.

Such is the nature of the iconic Farr 40 class, which features heavyweight fights out on the water and a Corinthian spirit back at the dock. Barking Mad and Groovederci were docked just a few slips apart at The Galleon and it was a daily occurrence to see the two crews mingling after racing. Richardson and Demourkas exchanged congratulations when warranted while rival tacticians Terry Hutchinson and Cameron Appleton compared notes about decisions made out on the course.

'What makes this class so special is the camaraderie that exists among the owner-drivers. They are fierce competitors, but also true gentlemen,' said Geoff Stagg, longtime manager of the Farr 40 one-design fleet.

Farr 40 fleet at Key West 2013 -  © Enfant Terrible/ZGN  


'Things can get quite heated and intense on the race course, but that never carries over to the dock because of the respect these owners have for each other.'

Richardson and his crew aboard Barking Mad came out on top after a typically back-and-forth week of racing. America’s Cup veteran Terry Hutchinson called tactics for Richardson, a Newport (RI) resident who has now captured Key West on three occasions.

'It’s always special to win at a venue like Key West. This is a world renowned regatta and the conditions are always very dynamic. Between the currents and the shifts, it is extremely challenging,' Richardson said. 'Our goal was to stay consistent and not make any major mistakes. We did not try to hit many home runs.'

Barking Mad took the lead in the six-boat fleet on Tuesday and held it the rest of the way despite stiff competition from runner-up Flash Gordon (Helmut Jahn, Chicago) and third-place Struntje Light (Wolfgang Schaefer, Lueneburg, Germany). Volvo Ocean Race veteran Rob Salthouse trimmed the jib while two other pros – main trimmer Skip Baxter and bowman Bernard Labro – played key roles as Barking Mad won two races and placed second or third in six others in totaling 21 points. However, Richardson said a pair of fourths may have proved decisive as Barking Mad finished five points ahead of defending world champion Flash Gordon.

'Fighting back when you’re in a bad situation is huge because every point counts in this class. There were a couple races when we could have easily finished last, but fought back to fourth,' he said.

Linda Lindquist-Bishop (pit), John Dolan (downwind trimmer), Ted Hackney (offside trimmer), Lindsay Bartel (sewer) and Chris Fortin (mast) completed the crew aboard Barking Mad, which earned the Lewmar/Navtec Boat of the Day honor on Tuesday. Hutchinson, who rejoined the program after a year layoff, was proud the team closed the regatta with consecutive seconds on Friday.

'Jim sailed his best day of the entire week. He was really on his game today. As a team, we sailed to win, sailed with conviction,' Hutchinson said. 'I’m not surprised at all. We have a good team with really good sailors. Our expectations are to always win.'

It was incredibly close racing with all six boats routinely rounding the first windward mark within 30 seconds of each other. Remarkably, the boat that rounded the top mark in first place ultimately did not win in eight of the 10 races held. 'It was very tough to hold a lead because you just got pounded into submission by the trailing boats,' Richardson said. 'All the boats are so well sailed. There could not have been any closer racing.'

Farr 40 fleet at Key West 2013 -  © Enfant Terrible/ZGN  


Groovederci opened with a pair of seconds on Monday to take the early lead and Demourkas was still in second after six races were completed by Wednesday. However, the California entry suffered a pair of last place finishes on Thursday and that opened the door for others.

Flash Gordon got off to a tough start and stood in fifth place after two days of action. However, Jahn, with Ian Williams aboard as tactician, began a steady ascension that was aided by a strong Thursday that saw him post a 1-2 score line to take over second place, five points behind Barking Mad. Flash sailed well on Friday and won the last race, but was unable to cut into Barking Mad’s lead.

Jahn, a Chicago-based architect, was pleased with the runner-up result considering Flash Gordon had just four of its regular crew members for the regatta. Evan Jahn, who normally handles starts and upwind legs for his father, was unavailable as was tactician Bill Hardesty.

'We had a couple bad races early, but by Thursday and Friday we were coming on strong. I think if there had been one more day we might have won,' Jahn said. 'We improved our starts as the week went along, which was crucial in a six-boat fleet. We are the reigning world champion and I think we sailed like a world champion considering we had six new people on the boat.'

It was also a solid week for Struntje Light, which placed third with 35 points. The German entry won three races, but could not avoid those fifths and sixths that Richardson noted were so costly. Former Olympian Jonathan McKee was a late replacement as tactician and quickly developed a rapport with Schaefer.

'Key West was again a great event with fabulous weather conditions,' Schaefer said. 'This result is okay for us as we had nice boat speed and our positioning on the race course was decent. On the down side, we had some problems with our starting procedure that gave us some disadvantages. We know where we had our problems and are sure we will have solved very soon.'

Farr 40 fleet at Key West 2013 -  © Enfant Terrible/ZGN  


Charisma, skippered by Nico Poons with Morgan Reeser as tactician, finished fourth – just two points behind Struntje Light and four ahead of Groovederci. The Farr 40 class will gather again in Miami the weekend of March 13-16 with nine boats expected on the start line.

'These owners and crews are all good friends and you can feel every time that they like to race together,' Schaefer said. 'This spirit is exceptional and I personally haven’t seen such camaraderie and high level competition anywhere else in our sailing world.'

Farr40 Key West 2013


by Bill Wagner

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=106170

6:52 AM Fri 1 Feb 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 Key West Race Week

Related News Stories:

30 Jan 2013  Key West Race Week 2013 - Reichel Pugh impresses again
26 Jan 2013  Key West 2013 - Melges 24 - Third time a charm
26 Jan 2013  Key West 2013 - Melges 32 - Tie-breaking end
26 Jan 2013  Key West 2013 - 52 Super Series - Italians deliver at right time
26 Jan 2013  Key West 2013 - Weeklong Epic
25 Jan 2013  Key West 2013 - Day of Champagne Sailing
25 Jan 2013  Key West Race Week 2013 – 52 Super Series - Tight till the end
25 Jan 2013  Key West 2013 – Melges 32 - Excellent racing on Day 4
24 Jan 2013  Key West Race Week 2013 - Heavy air overwhelms 'Moving Day'






News - USA and the World

































































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,


ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners   
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win   
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC   
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries   
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video   
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh   
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT