“The Fabulous 40s” book presented in Porto Cervo

july14_fab40Annapolis, USA: The official book covering the past 15 years of the Farr 40 class was launched on 1st July in Porto Cervo by the Farr 40 Class Association. The publication was presented by former Class Presidents John Calvert-Jones and Jim Richardson, who together with Vincenzo Onorato and Lang Walker backed the project, during a reception at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Sardinia.

The presentation saw a group of current and former Farr 40 owners as well as friends of the class gather to celebrate the publication of the volume which is the culmination of several years of work on the part of the Class Association and the stakeholders. Aptly titled “The Fabulous 40s” and produced with the support of long-time Farr 40 Class sponsor Rolex, the book tells the story of what is one of the most successful contemporary one-design racing yachts worldwide. The 240-page hardcover coffee table book focuses on the annual Rolex World Championship regattas held across the globe since 1998, and features a host of iconic Farr 40 owners and yachts in addition to the current fleet. With words by renowned yachting journalist Bob Fisher and over 350 breathtaking images of the fast and furious racing that characterizes the fleet, supplied by world-class photographers such as Carlo Borlenghi, Daniel Forster and Kurt Arrigo, “The Fabulous 40s” is destined to make a riveting read, both for Farr 40 owners past and present and for sailing enthusiasts in general.

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Nerone Victorious In Porto Cervo 

july2_neronefinal Porto Cervo, 2nd July 2011. Despite the best efforts of teams from Germany, Monaco and Turkey, the silverware in the second leg of the Farr 40 European Circuit, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo from 29th June to 2nd July, went to an all Italian trio. Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori's Nerone never relinquished the top spot they gained on Day One while the battle for second place was won in the end by Alessandro Barnaba's Fiamma ahead of Alberto Rossi's Enfant Terrible. 

A total of eight races were held, accompanied from start to finish by strong Mistral breezes which made for thrilling racing in this competitive one-design fleet and reached 35 knots at times, keeping the fleet in port on one scheduled race day. Although Nerone chalked up four bullets over the course of the series, two wins also went to Levent Peynirci's Provezza 8 (TUR) while Fiamma and Wolfgang Schaefer's Struntje Light (GER) took one victory each. 

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Nerone On Fire In Farr 40 European Circuit 

july1_neronePorto Cervo, 1st July 2011. Nerone, Fiamma and Enfant Terrible continue to dominate the top spots among the Farr 40s gathered in Porto Cervo for the Settimana delle Bocche from 29th June to 2nd July. Following yesterday's enforced rest day caused by more than 30 knots of Mistral wind blowing off the north-east coast of Sardinia, the one-design yachts enjoyed spectacular racing off Porto Cervo today. The north-westerly breeze calmed just enough to allow the fleet, competing in the second leg of the European Circuit organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, to complete three races which showcased the speed and agility of these craft at their best.

Photo of Nerone by Alessandro Spiga/YCCS. Click to enlarge.

With a breeze that built from 15 to 22 knots over the course of the afternoon, the first race of the day - Race 4 of the series - saw the Turkish crew aboard Provezza 8 add a first place to their results as they crossed the finish line in the lead. The Turkish boat, owned by Levent Peynirci, was closely followed by Alessandro Barnaba's Fiamma while Alberto Rossi's Enfant Terrible took third place.

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