Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship

Friday May 16
Top ten after 7 Races

1. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 25.0 points
2. Plenty, Alexander Roepers, USA, 28.0
3. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, USA, 28.0
4. Groovederci , John Demourkas, USA, 36.0
5. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, USA, 37.0
6. Enfant Terrible , Alberto Rossi, ITA, 38.0
7. Dark Star, Jeff Janov, USA, 44.0
8. Flojito y Cooperando, Bernardo Minkow / Julian Fernandez, MEX, 51.0
9. Blade 2, Michael Shlens, USA, 68.0
10. JoAnn, Steve Murphy, USA, 77.0

Full Results

Murphy’s Law Governs Day Three At Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship

Long Beach, Calif. (May 16, 2014) – It was feast or famine for the third day of the 2014 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship being hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club. The schedule for the day was to sail three races, but all did not go according to plan. A weak onshore breeze postponed the start of the first race of the day and with the 19-strong fleet anxious to get sailing, once the wind speed reached four to five knots the sequence for the first race was underway.

Leading through the gate was Santa Barbara’s John Demourkas on Groovederci. He would continue to lead the fleet around the course to take his first win of the series in breeze that he characterized as “nudging a degree at a time.”

“We went to the pin end and luckily found a lot of real estate there to have a nice start,” said Demourkas about the win. “We got out clean and just stuck with it on the left [side of the course] and it held the whole time. That was really the key.” Demourkas is used to sailing in light air, which they get a lot of in Santa Barbara, but considers his team an all-weather boat. “I like the bigger breeze; it’s certainly more fun and less nerve wracking. Luckily that lefty held out for both legs.”

Following Groovederci through both the gate and across the finish line were Bernardo Minkow and Julian Fernandez on the Mexican-flagged Flojito y Cooperando, Chicago’s Helmut Jahn and his team on Flash Gordon 6, Germany’s Wolfgang Schaefer on Struntje light and Annapolis’ Kevin McNeil at the helm of Nightshift.

PLENTY of Action on Day Two At Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship

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LONG BEACH, CALIF. (May 15, 2014) – As temperatures in Southern California soared to record highs, the 19-strong fleet competing in the 2014 Rolex Farr 40 North Americans took to the Pacific Ocean for three races on day two of the championship series. The competitors had been postponed ashore while the breeze worked into race-worthy condition, but by 1230 racing was underway through the flawless teamwork of the Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC) Race Committee led by John Busch.

“We had three nice starts, and that helps a lot,” said Germany’s Wolfgang Schaefer on the docks after racing.  In the first race of the day Schaefer’s Struntje light led the fleet at the second mark and kept that position to cross the line first, ahead of Annapolis’ Kevin McNeil at the helm of Nightshift and Chicago’s Helmut Jahn and his team on Flash Gordon 6.  “We are probably one of the crew with the most miles on our flight tickets to come here, because eight of 10 [of the crew] came from Europe,” continued Schaefer.  “That means the investment – time-wise, commitment-wise – for us is very high.  But, we all agree that this investment was fantastic.” 

Schaefer has been in the class since 2000 and currently serves as its vice-president, while also serving as vice-president of the ORC (Offshore Racing Congress), giving him unique perspective on the sport.  “I must say the Farr 40 class is extremely good.  The boat is good.  The guys that are sailing with these boats are some of the best in the world.  And I know from my country the guys are looking to the Farr 40.  The reason is the boat is good, but the key point is the class is fantastic.  The owners are absolutely great and the leadership in the class is good, and I can say that because I am not the President.  The class holds up perfect:  we have restricted sails and restricted professionals, and most of all we have the owner-driver rule.”

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