2014 Events

  • Great Lakes Invitational
  • John B. Thomson, Jr.
  • Skipper Alex Roepers steers Plenty to victory

sheldonclark sThis past weekend six of the Great Lakes Farr 40s gathered in Chicago for the final regatta and races of the season. Racing out of the Chicago Yacht Club's Belmont station, racing included Saturday's (9/13) Sheldon Clark Regatta and Sunday's (9/14) Great Lakes Farr 40 Invitational.

On Saturday crews awoke to 41 degree temperatures and NW winds at 16-18 knots.

The six FARR 40s completed three races in challenging conditions in terms of wind and waves with large swells intermixed with converging waves.

PENDRAGON, helmed by Scott Jackman (pictured at right), won Saturday's Sheldon Clark Regatta FARR 40 class with a 2, 2, 1 score line, followed by Leif Sigmond's NORBOY (1,3,3) in 2nd and Phil Dowd's Inferno (5,1,2) in 3rd.

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johnthomsonFormer Owner/Chairman of Thomson Industries & Pillar of the sailing community passes away at 70

The sailing community lost one of its best owner/drivers and a pillar of the sport when John B. Thomson, Jr., passed away in the evening of Wednesday, September 10, surrounded by family and loved ones after succumbing to the effects of ALS. He was 70.

Thomson Jr. was a beloved figure in his hometown and around the world. Husband to wife Adrienne, father to three children and grandfather to more, he was also the steady and kindhearted owner of the Infinity yacht racing team, which won many regattas around the world through the course of 40 years of buoy and ocean racing, spanning from the early 1970s into the 21st century.

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sept14 bbs1 sSAN FRANCISCO - Alex Roepers has been a Farr 40 owner for seven years and has yet to capture a world championship. The New York skipper certainly feels a lot more confident about his chances of achieving that elusive goal after his team's performance this week on San Francisco Bay.

Roepers had a hot hand on the tiller and got nearly flawless crew work in posting a wire-to-wire victory at the St. Francis Yacht Club's prestigious Rolex Big Boat Series, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

America's Cup veteran Terry Hutchinson called tactics for Roepers, who won five of eight races and finished no lower than third in the four-day regatta. In a fiercely competitive class that is famous for having its regattas come down to the last leg of the last race, Plenty pulled off a rare and remarkable feat. With an amazingly low score of 13 points, the New York entry finished 24 points ahead of runner-up Enfant Terrible, skippered by Alberto Rossi of Ancona, Italy.

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