News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Farr 30 World Championship day 3 survival conditions

Farr 30 World Championship day 3 survival conditions

'2011 FARR 30 WORLDS-DAY THREE - Farr 30 World Championship'    © Meredith Block/Farr 30 worlds

San Francisco’s typically sporty September weather added a twist this morning on Day 3 of the 2011 Farr 30 World Championship; instead of the usual moderate morning winds building in the afternoon, racers were greeted by a somber, steel grey sky – along with a sea state and winds to match its angry hue.

The teams started Race 1 of the day – the seventh race of the Worlds series – in conditions that one sailor described as ‘armageddon’, despite the beginning of the rougher ebb tide period having barely started. At the start, Groovederci tactician Cameron Appleton placed third place skipper Deneen Demourkas at the pin end of the starting line, with Demourkas turning her position at the start into a lead that would grow with each leg. Second place Barking Mad held a strong second-place spot, with championship leader Scott Easom on Eight Ball further back in third watching his regatta lead disappear. The German team, led by Harald Bruening, held fourth until the leeward gate, when Topas’ mainsail halyard lock suffered a failure, forcing Bruening’s retirement. New York-based Standard Deviation had a solid start and beat, holding the back of the fleet off to finish with their first top-half score – a sixth place. 'We’ve been in the top five at the top mark for much of the week,' said trimmer Alan Johnson. 'Today, Will [Markel, skipper] did a great job keeping the boat under the rig, and we were able to turn that into a respectable race.'

Demourkas’ lead was unassailable though, and the action happened just a bit back on the final downwind run. A frustrated Andy Green, tactician for Barking Mad, explains: 'Gybing in 28 knots takes perfect timing, and the confused seas at the bottom of the course made finding the right time nearly impossible for us,' he said. Green’s late gybe call meant an overpowered final run to the finish line, and the beautiful navy blue boat of Jim Richardson couldn’t defend against Eight Ball, which powered through for second place while Richardson’s spinnaker flogged. 'We couldn’t afford to give that point up to Scott [Easom], and we’ll have our work cut out for us tomorrow,' Green added.

2011 FARR 30 WORLDS-DAY THREE 3 - Farr 30 World Championship -  © Meredith Block/Farr 30 worlds  

After the race, Demourkas conferred with North Course PRO Hank Stuart via VHF radio, and given the start of the ebb and the already short, steep, and hugely chaotic waves, Stuart opted to cancel racing for the day. Despite having a clear advantage at the top end of the wind range, winning the last three races, Demourkas thought it was the right decision. 'The fact that we’re comfortable with this much wind isn’t a factor,' she said. 'Half the fleet was in survival mode, and breaking gear and bodies is no way to race and no way for owners to enjoy their Championship competiton.' Demourkas sits three points behind Easom and one behind Richardson going into the final day.

While much of the Farr 30 fleet needed the early finish to recuperate, damage in the fleet was relatively light compared to tens of thousands of dollars worth of sail and rig damage suffered by numerous other Big Boat Series Class competitors forced to retire from their races.

The start of Farr 30 racing has been moved up 30 minutes for the final day of the Champioship to ensure that three good races can be sailed to decide the 2011 Farr 30 World Champion. The 2011 Farr 30 Championship runs through Sunday as part of the Rolex Big Boat Series.

2011 FARR 30 WORLDS-DAY THREE 3 - Farr 30 World Championship -  © Meredith Block/Farr 30 worlds  

Farr 30 website

by Farr 30 Class Association


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

6:45 AM Sun 11 Sep 2011 GMT

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

News - USA and the World

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

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  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





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.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT