Marina del Rey, CA (July 25, 2015) – Alberto Rossi wasn’t happy about being knocked off his perch atop the Farr 40 class in 2014.
First, Rossi and his Enfant Terrible team surrendered the International Circuit title, finishing as runner-up to skipper Alex Roepers and Plenty by 45 points. Then, the Italian team was dethroned as Rolex Farr 40 World Champions, finishing third in San Francisco behind Plenty and Estate Master.
Rossi and crew put considerable effort into improving the deficiencies that had prevented Enfant Terrible from achieving its goals. A revamped sail inventory along with some tuning tweaks to the rig were among many changes the Italians made in hopes of improvement.
Rossi and Enfant Terrible have rebounded from last year’s disappointment with a vengeance, blitzing the competition in every event on the 2015 International Circuit so far. Rossi led Enfant Terrible to its third straight regatta victory on Saturday, winning the Cal Cup in impressive fashion.Read More
Marina del Rey, CA (July 24, 2015) - While Enfant Terrible continues to set a blistering pace, the trailing boats at the Cal Cup are tightly bunched and numerous placements will be up for grabs going into the final day.
Skipper Alberto Rossi steered Enfant Terrible to its third victory of the regatta in Race 7 on Friday then followed with a fourth and a second to further pull away. Tactician Vasco Vascotto and team have been on top of their game all week as the Italian boat has finished no worse than fourth in nine races so far.
Enfant Terrible, which has been runner-up in four races, has increased its lead every day and now has a low score of 19 points. Flash Gordon 6, skippered by Helmut Jahn of Chicago, stands second in the overall standings with 33 points.
"The Italians have new sails and we don't. That makes a difference," Jahn said when asked why Enfant Terrible has posted such a strong string of results. "Today they were not as dominant as the first two days, which tells you the sails were probably designed for the light to moderate breeze that tends to predominate in California."
Winds have consistently blown from the southwest throughout the regatta and Friday saw the highest velocity so far with 15 knots creating white caps on the Pacific Ocean. Flash Gordon 6 revelled in those conditions, winning Race 9 when the wind was at its peak.
Estate Master led around the first upwind mark, but Flash Gordon 6 showed superb downwind speed and caught up to the Australian boat. Flash Gordon 6 split with Estate Master at the gate and quickly moved into first place on the second upwind leg.
"I said yesterday that when we get the lead we need to hold onto it and this time we did that," Jahn said.Read More
Marina del Ray, Calif. (July 20, 2015) – Race 5 of the Cal Cup provided a perfect example of why the Farr 40 class has survived and thrived for nearly two decades. It is one-design racing at its purest and the boats continue to be incredibly evenly matched, making crew work and tactics the key to success.
Upwind mark roundings during Hotel MdR Race Day were the tightest they have been in this regatta with the entire 13-boat fleet converging at the same time and no fewer than eight boats following bow to stern in procession.
“It has been a great regatta so far with very tight racing,” veteran owner Helmut Jahn said. “The second race today was very, very close. I am not allowed to look back during roundings, but I was told it was a real mess behind us. A lot of boats were coming into the mark at the same time. Some boats could not make the mark and there were a bunch of lee-bow situations.”
Jahn has been part of the class since the early days and is now racing his sixth boat named Flash Gordon. The Chicago-based architect can remember times when pileups at marks led to crashes and was impressed that there were none on Thursday.Read More