Fair, Fast And Fearless

aug26 2013 worlds sClick to enlarge.It's time to deliver. After two days of racing at the pre-worlds, fifteen crews from eight countries are ready to fight for the coveted title of Rolex Farr 40 World Champions. The venue is spectacular and historic, the boats are the thoroughbred of world-class one-design racing and the competition is top-notch.

The 16th edition Rolex Farr 40 World Championship is hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) at Harbour Court in Newport, RI. Racing starts tomorrow, August 27, and runs through Friday August 30, with a maximum of 10 windward/leeward races. "The New York Yacht Club is pleased and honoured to welcome the Farr 40 class, and title sponsor Rolex, back to Newport. We wish for fair winds, great competition on the water, and enjoyment of our warm hospitality ashore at our Newport home," said NYYC Commodore Thomas J. Harrington. The Farr 40 Class, which requires an amateur owner to helm the boat and allows only up to four professional sailors among the crew, is a premier international one-design class: "More than 100 years ago the New York Yacht Club played an important role in the birth of one-design keelboat racing with the creation of the NY-30 class, and has remained committed to one-design racing ever since," added Commodore Harrington.

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Open Field: Rolex Farr 40 World Championship

Defending champion Flash Gordon 6. Photo by Rolex / Kurt ArrigoNewport, RI, USA: Fifteen Farr 40 yachts from eight countries and territories will contest the 16th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. Racing commences next week, Tuesday 27 August.

Hosted for the third time in Newport, Rhode Island, the crowning event of the Farr 40 season always reserves fierce competition as rival teams vie for supremacy. Hitting the water fully focused is crucial. Over four days crews take on up to ten intense races where timing is paramount and mistakes mercilessly punished.

The defending champion is Helmut Jahn’s Flash Gordon 6 which won last year’s title in home waters on Lake Michigan, Chicago. Seven times in its 16 year history, the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds has been won by a boat competing in its native country or waters: a statistic that will inspire the seven-strong United States contingent. Equally, it will not deter the eight international challengers. Jahn and professional tactician Bill Hardesty are aiming to become the first crew to retain the championship since 2008.

The change of environment from Chicago to Newport ensures this year’s Championship will require a different tactical approach. “Moving from fresh water to salt water and a different wave action will be a factor,” explains Geoff Stagg, Farr 40 Class Manager. “We are delighted to be back in Newport. It is an iconic location and we are looking forward to working again with the New York Yacht Club.”

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2013 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds

Coming soon... the New England Boatworks Pre-Worlds in Newport on August 24-25, followed by the 2013 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds with racing on August 27-30.

Fifteen entrants and crew are registered.

Follow the results here and on the event site farr40worlds.com

 
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