Dear Australian Farr 40 Class member,
Firstly, it is with great pleasure that I extend a warm welcome to the following new members of the Australian Class:
Joachim Flurer and David Williams - Harlequin (RPAYC), Rob Pitts - Double Black (SYC), Gordon Ketelby - Zen (MHYC), Rod Jones - Kindergarten (MHYC), Bob Bennett - Enigma (RPAYC) and David Stevenson - Tilford Auto (RYCT). It will be terrific to have some fresh faces in the Class as well as some extra competition on the water!
The addition of six new boats to the Australian Fleet will certainly make a huge difference to participation this season, which is shaping up to be spectacular, with a minimum of ten boats at each State Title and up to sixteen boats for the Nationals.Read More
Santa Barbara, Calif. (July 18, 2014) - Skipper Alberto Rossi and his team aboard Enfant Terrible sure know how to close out a tight regatta. Holding a narrow one-point lead going into the final day of the Farr 40 West Coast Championship, the Italians went out and won the opening race then survived a match race duel with chief challenger Flash Gordon 6 during the second race to secure the overall victory.
Enfant Terrible wound up winning four of 11 races over four spectacular days of racing to capture the West Coast Championship with a low score of 44 points, one better than skipper Helmut Jahn and his crew on Flash Gordon 6. Voodoo Chile, a Corinthian entry owned by Lloyd Clark of Tasmania, put forth an impressive performance for a team with just two professionals to take third with 48 points.Read More
Santa Barbara, Calif. (July 18, 2014) - A clear indication of close, competitive yacht racing comes when there are large numbers of boats converging at the rounding marks. That happened in dramatic fashion during the first race of the third day at the Farr 40 West Coast Championship, being hosted by Santa Barbara Yacht Club.
Almost the entire 15-boat fleet arrived at the first windward mark simultaneously and the result was that there was nowhere to go. There were whistles, several boats doing penalty turns and a total of 10 protest flags flying by the time it was all over.
"It was a real mess," said Flash Gordon 6 skipper Helmut Jahn, whose desperate pleas for room at the mark went unheeded.Read More