Please select your home edition
Edition
Doyle Sails 2020 - Built for Adventure 728x90 TOP

Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship at Santa Barbara - Overall

by Jan Harley 23 Aug 2015 00:34 PDT 19-22 August 2015

As if on cue, the scenic backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains was revealed for the final day of racing at the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship. While the clouds cleared off to uncover the scenic vistas, the wind continued to tease the competitors and it wasn't until within minutes of the time allotment elapsing that the 10th and final race of the series got underway in six knots of breeze ultimately reaching 12 knots by the conclusion of the race.

Chicago architect Helmut Jahn, the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Champion, had taken over the leaderboard on the second day of the series and never relinquished it. He started the final day of the championship with 31 points and a slim three-point lead over Italy's Alberto Rossi on Enfant Terrible, while Germany's Wolfgang Schaefer, on Struntje light, was a further two points back with 36 points.

Rounding the first mark within seconds of each other, the championship was decided when Jahn was fourth across the finish line, with Rossi seventh.

"Because we did well, we feel we earned it," said Jahn of his second Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship title (his first was won in 2009 in Chicago). "It's always great to win a championship. The consistency we had, that was the key. We had a lot of ones and twos and threes, so today we just knew whom we had to watch out for. The way the race unfolded it's interesting that the top boats all ended up in front. So, there is some justice to the madness."

As to what he will do with his new Rolex, Jahn added: "Maybe I'll keep one watch in Berlin and one in Chicago. That's a problem that's a good one to have."

Jahn's tactician, Morgan Larson, described the final race as nerve wracking "Because the pressure's on, the points are close, and the level of the fleet is really high. Even though we won, I wouldn't put ourselves as a top-three team; we're still evolving and we have a lot to prove and a lot to learn. We were trying not to think about the champagne. The fleet was tight so if we dropped a couple and somebody else gained a couple it would have been a different result; that makes it exciting and I think that's what everybody is here for."

It was a standout day for the Corinthian teams as one of the newest to the fleet - San Diego's Rick Goebel and his team on Insanity - took the win of the day's race. Lloyd Clark, who took home the overall honour of top Corinthian boat with the Tasmanian-based Voodoo Chile, finished a close second to Goebel.

"The first two races we had a really good start to the regatta, the last race we had a good finish [second], and in between we were a bit up and down," said Clark who ended the championship in fifth place overall. When asked about the level of competition he added: "The top boats are very hot. They are very, very good; excellent crew work; really fast and well-managed. Every time we do a regatta we learn something from it. We are very happy with what we achieved here."

The seventh-place finish by Alberto Rossi's Italian-flagged Enfant Terrible dropped them to third in the overall standings, with 41 points, behind Germany's Wolfgang Schaefer, on Struntje light, who finished third in the race to move up to the second podium spot with 39 points. New York's Alex Roepers, on Plenty, finished the race in sixth place to hold onto fourth overall with 44 points.

The relationship the Farr 40 class has with Rolex is as timeless as one of their timepieces. The work the owners and crew put into winning an engraved Rolex is one of precision and dedication. It is a special moment for an owner to be presented with the engraved Rolex watch, symbolizing perfection and the pinnacle of their achievement.

The Farr 40 Class would like to thank: Title Sponsor Rolex USA, Race Day Sponsors North Sails, Quantum Sail Design Group, Santa Barbara Yacht Club; Official Beer Coronado Brewing Company; Official Graphics provided by North Sails Graphics.

Overall Results:

1. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, Chicago, IL, USA, 10 -3 -1 -1 -2 -1 -4 -6 -3 -4; 35pts
2. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, Lueneburg, GER, 6 -1 -4 -4 -5 -5 -2 -4 -5 -3; 39pts
3. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, Ancona, ITA, 9 -4 -2 -2 -3 -4 -1 -7 -2 -7; 41pts
4. Plenty, Alex Roepers, New York, NY, USA, 3 -5 -16 -3 -1 -2 -6 -1 -1 -6; 44pts
5. Voodoo Chile, Lloyd Clark, Battery Point, Tasmania, AUS, 2 -2 -8 -9 -13 -3 -5 -3 -7 -2; 54pts
6. Estate Master, Martin Hill, Sydney, NSW, AUS, 4 -7 -5 -5 -4 -6 -3 -2 -10 -10; 56pts
7. Groovederci, John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 8 -11 -3 -6 -7 -11 -10 -5 -6 -5; 72pts
8. Insanity, Rick Goebel, San Diego, CA, USA, 5 -9 -9 -7 -8 -9 -7 -11 -12 -1; 78pts
9. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, MD, USA, 1 -8 -6 -13 -11 -8 -12 -9 -4 -9; 81pts
10. Temptress, Ray Godwin, Huntington Beach, CA, USA, 7 -10 -12 -8 -6 -10 -11 -8 -14 -11; 97pts
11. Twisted, M. Tony Pohl, Alamo, CA, USA, 11 -12 -10 -11 -9 -14 -9 -13 -8 -8; 105pts
12. Blade II, Michael Shlens, Palos Verdes Estates, CA, USA, 12 -6 -7 -10 -14 -13 -14 -10 -9 -12; 107pts
13. White Knight, Zoltan Katinszky, San Pedro, CA, USA, 15 -14 -13 -15 -10 -7 -8 -12 -13 -14; 121pts
14. Foil, Gordon Leon, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA, 13 -13 -11 -12 -15 -12 -13 -15 -11 -15; 130pts
15. Flyer, Stanford Shaw, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 14 -15 -14 -14 -12 -15 -15 -14 -15 -13; 141pts

Additional information on the 2015 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship can be found online here. Follow the event via Twitter or on Facebook.

Related Articles

Farr 40 Blue grabs 2nd in A2N Race
Annapolis to Newport race went off without a hitch for our two Farr 40 teams This year's Annapolis to Newport race went off without a hitch for our two Farr 40 teams: Oakcliff Red and Oakcliff Blue. Posted on 13 Jun
Farr 40 National Titles overall
Driving rain and strong southerly conditions lead to no racing on the final day The 2020/21 Farr 40 National Titles have concluded today after eight races. Crews were met by driving rain and strong southerly conditions on Sunday morning forcing the Race team, to display the AP ashore while the course was assessed for racing. Posted on 14 Mar
Farr 40 National Titles day 2
Exhilarating racing offshore on the Manly Circle off Sydney Heads The 2020/21 Farr 40 National Titles have continued today on the Manly Circle off Sydney Heads. Posted on 13 Mar
Farr 40 National Titles day 1
Four races held on Sydney Harbour The 2020/21 Farr 40 National Titles have opened today on Sydney Harbour. With a Strong Wind Warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology the PRO, Denis Thompson, advised owners and tacticians in the morning briefing that racing would be conducted inshore. Posted on 12 Mar
2020-21 Farr 40 NSW State Title overall
Outlaw crowned champion at Middle Harbour YC CYCA/RSYS yacht Outlaw has today been crowned the NSW Farr 40 State Champion. The prize-giving was conducted at Middle Harbour Yacht Club after racing concluded with a special presentation by former Class President and owner of Zen, Gordon Ketelby. Posted on 28 Feb
2020-21 Farr 40 NSW State Title Day 1
Six yachts sail in light breezes offshore from Sydney After a disrupted schedule throughout the season, six yachts have entered in the 2020/2021 Farr 40 NSW State Title, with the event hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club over the last weekend of summer. Posted on 27 Feb
Race Yachts Brokerage: February listings
Including the 2013 Farr 400 Borderline built by Premier Composites The 2013 Farr 400 Borderline was built by Premier Composites. You really have to see this boat to believe its amazing condition. Full carbon construction with a Southern Spars carbon rig & rigging, Lewmar winches with grinding pedestal for the primaries. Posted on 3 Feb
Outlaw claims Farr 40 One Design Trophy
Taking three race wins at Middle Harbour Yacht Club Tom Quick and the Outlaw crew from CYCA have won the January Farr 40 One Design Trophy regatta at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Posted on 2 Feb
Christmas listings from Race Yachts
Including Ambush, a custom McConaghy Boats built Mills 41 Ambush is a custom McConaghy Boats built Mills 41. Designed to impress, she was launched 2016 and has enjoyed great success over the last few years. Posted on 22 Dec 2020
TasPorts Maria Island Race overall
2Unlimited took line honours Greg Prescott's modified Farr 40 2Unlimited, skippered by Oliver Nicholas, took line honours in the 73rd TasPorts Maria Island Race, sailed in Tasmania from 13-16 November, in one of the slowest races for some years. Posted on 25 Nov 2020
Armstrong-Suptonic-728x90-2 BOTTOMHella Dual Colour Floodlights - 728 x 90px - 1 jpg BottomReverso Air 2021 FOOTER