26 March 2015
“You can’t win a regatta on the first day, but you can lose it,” reminds the leading Farr 40 skipper Guido Belgiorno-Nettis after day one of the Aberdeen Asset Management 2015 Farr 40 National Championship for the John Calvert-Jones Trophy.
He’s satisfied Transfusion is in a defensible position, yet a countback is the only mechanism separating the top Sydney team from the Andrew Hunn steered Voodoo Chile sailing for the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania after the opening four races on Sydney Harbour.
Smart tactical calls by Katie Pellew-Spithill and strategist Mike Leigh put the Middle Harbour Yacht Club based Transfusion, a five time Farr Australian champion and the defending Farr 40, into position for a couple of tremendous starts and picks of the track. Even when they were deep in the third race, good tactics brought them back from the brink into second.Read More
22 March 2015
Lloyd Clark and Andrew Hunn’s Farr 40 Voodoo Chile sailing for Tasmania beat the host state’s majority line-up to be declared NSW champion at the penultimate contest of the one design class’ 2014/15 season.
The Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 NSW State Title wrapped up on Sydney Harbour this afternoon, the teaser to the calendar’s crowing point, the John Calvert-Jones Trophy National Championship that starts this coming Thursday, March 26, 2015.
“We haven’t won a NSW title before and we are pretty chuffed to take it off a majority NSW fleet,” said Hunn. Even with a six point margin to Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion in second, Hunn says the tidy Sydney crew is still the benchmark. “Our crew work wasn’t quite as slick as theirs and we expect them to come back pretty hard in the nationals. The outcome today is not a definitive result.”Read More
19 March 2015
The Farr 40 fleet is preparing for this weekend’s Aberdeen Asset Management NSW Farr 40 title as the precursor to next week’s season finale, the John Calvert-Jones Trophy national title fight when a new Australian one design champion will be declared on Saturday March 28, 2015.
Both Voodoo Chile and Transfusion are ripe for state and nationals glory. At the other end of the yardstick Carl Russett and his Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club based crew of Windy Too are hopeful of finishing last fewer times than at the Pittwater regatta in December, the boat’s one design debut.
Given there was more racing than cruising going on, Russett scrapped his previous cruiser/racer, with its two showers and hot and cold running water, and instead opted for an all-out racer. Since then he’s had “nothing but a mountain of fun.”
“We’ve had a wonderful time club racing. With the help of some great sailors the improvement has been significant. Do I think we are anywhere near the level of the good guys going into this weekend? Nowhere near it. But if there was a contest among the Farr 40s with fridges, shore power and fuel gauges, we’d win!”Read More