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Farr 40 Class Association
 
March 4, 2015
 
For Immediate Release

 

With competition this tight, consistency is key

 

If there was any takeaway for competitors in the regatta's first three races, it's that walking away with the title of Farr 40's Midwinters Champion is not going to be an easy feat.

 

The day started with a one hour postponement, as the Race Committee and the competitors waited for the winds to fill in over Coronado Roads, San Diego's city-front racing venue. Competitors took to the starting line at 12:30 on a W4 course of 1.1 nautical miles with approximately 7 Knots of breeze.

History seemed destined to repeat itself as Alex Roepers and his crew, last year's Farr 40 World Champions, led the class throughout the entirety of the first race. After last year's successes the Plenty crew picked up right where they left off.

Close behind the first place finisher was Enfant Terrible, who held on to second place even after an aggressive move at the gate mark. The incident took place when Enfant tacked immediately after rounding the leward mark, surprising Struntje light who was still sailing downwind. "We decided to make the tack move as we were approaching the gate mark," said Enfant skipper Alberto Rossi.

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At the end of a short and intense Farr 40 One Design Trophy regatta on Sydney Harbour, the fleet beat the southerly burst moving up the NSW coast at 35 knots and Lloyd Clark’s Voodoo Chile beat the fleet by three points having taken Transfusion to the protest room, where both boats were disqualified from a game changing race six.Kindergarten and Transfusion credit Pete HarmsenKindergarten and Transfusion credit Pete Harmsen

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion and Voodoo were scrubbed by the jury from race six for a mark incident and in the re-sorting process Voodoo moved from second by one point to first by three points. 

“Guido and myself and Andrew (Voodoo co-owner) have a great rivalry, but we are good friends. After the hearing result was announced Guido and I had a little hug and a chat,” Clark stated. “We always prefer the results to be sorted out on the water, but that’s part of the sport.

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Alex Roepers doesn't like to dwell in the past. However, when prompted, the New York businessman will talk about the magical run he and the crew aboard Plenty enjoyed during the 2014 Farr 40 International Circuit.

     "It really was an incredible season. It was the function of many years of piecing together all the elements that go into being consistently successful on the race course," Roepers said.

     Plenty took first place in three of five events to capture the circuit crown then capped the campaign by securing the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship as well. One might think that would be awfully satisfying for Roepers, who had never won a regatta in seven previous seasons in the prestigious Farr 40 class. To the contrary, the thrill of victory only made Roepers and the Plenty team hungry for more.

     "You're only as good as your last regatta. This class is incredibly competitive and can humble you very quickly," Roepers said. "Our goal is to repeat as both circuit and world champs, and we know in order to do that we will need to sail even better than last season."

     That's because Plenty will have a target on its hull as every other boat in the fleet will consider the defending champions as the standard-bearer until proven otherwise. Roepers began to learn what that felt like after winning the California Cup and North American Championship.

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