Day Three: Charisma Still "In It to Win It"

Edgartown, Mass., Martha's Vineyard (July 26, 2013) - A third day of racing at the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship was delayed due to 30 knots of breeze at the scheduled start time of 12:30. The Race Committee rescheduled for 1:30, but when the international fleet of 11 boats journeyed to the race course on the somewhat protected Cow Bay, off Town Beach on the northeast side of Martha's Vineyard, the seas proved too unfriendly and the sailors were instructed to return to safe harbor. Finally, after seas lessened and winds dampened down to 15-20 knots, a second try was successful, resulting in two late afternoon races.

Right off the bat, Nico Poons' (Monaco) Charisma showed how seriously it wants this championship title, leading smartly to the top mark after what Poons called a "reasonably good start." With clear air and control of its position, the team maintained its lead over the remaining three legs of the six-mile course. "In the second race, we were also first at the top mark but couldn't hold the position," said Poons, who wound up fourth in that. "We were second boat of the day as far as overall performance (Alberto Rossi's Italian entry Enfant Terrible being first), but otherwise it was not a bad day today at all."

Charisma now leads Jim Richardson's (Boston, Mass.) Barking Mad (in second overall) by ten points and Enfant Terrible (in third) by 15. Barking Mad started prematurely in the first race but regrouped nicely to restart and eventually finish fifth. Then the team followed up with a second place in race two, overtaking Charisma on the way down to the first gate but succumbing to Enfant Terrible after that team rounded the opposite gate and legged out five boat lengths on them to win.

Two Farr 40s Sail the Transpac

2013 farr40foil sThe Farr 40 has again proven its versatility... with the addition of suitable offshore gear it can be successfully raced across oceans.

This note just in from Gordon Leon sailing on Foil:

"We just completed Transpac. White Knight and Foil were the first Farr 40s ťo ever compete in Transpac. We added a lot of ocean racing gear and the boat was quite comfortable.  Foil won in Division 5.  We had no serious gear problems. I highly recommend that other owners try the Farr 40 offshore."

Day Two: Charisma Holds its Own, While Barking Mad Makes its Play

2013northam2sp sPhoto by Sara ProctorEdgartown, Mass., Martha's Vineyard: Gloomy skies and strong northeast winds weren't exactly what the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce had in mind as a treat for island guests today, but at least 11 teams of sailors appreciated it, since it meant three excellent races could be added to their score lines at the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship. Hosted by the Farr 40 Class and the Edgartown Yacht Club, the event kicked off yesterday in more brochure-like conditions but today tested heavy-air boat handling skills and shuffled standings behind leader Nico Poons (Monaco) and his Charisma team, which-as it did yesterday-sailed smartly, winning the first race and placing second in the following two.

"Today was quite tough, especially with the small waves; we were struggling upwind sometimes with our speed, but we like medium to heavy wind," said Poons, a Swan 45 world champion who is in his fourth season of Farr 40 sailing. "We've started working with a coach to help us with a lot of settings for the boat. Coaches make you aware of things you don't see yourself."

Poons called his start at the committee boat end in race one "splendid" and said it allowed his team to lead by the top mark and for the rest of the way around the twice-around windward leeward course. His start was not as memorable in the second race, and Jim Richardson's (Boston, Mass.) Barking Mad got the advantage at the pin end and went on to win that race. In the third race it was Helmut Jahn's (Chicago, Ill.) Flash Gordon that won, but nevertheless, Charisma and Barking Mad were head-to-head in battle, with Charisma passing Barking Mad on the last run to take second, leaving third for Barking Mad.

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