Pinnacle Event Will Determine U.S. Circuit Honors

Farr 40Edgartown, Mass., Martha’s Vineyard (July 16, 2013) – It’s getting down to the wire for the Farr 40 Class, with several teams close, if not neck-and-neck, on points as they head into the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship, the fifth and final event on the 2013 U.S. Circuit Championship. Scheduled from July 24-27 off Martha’s Vineyard, the North American Championship’s four days of racing will be co-hosted by the Farr 40 Class and Edgartown Yacht Club and contested by an international fleet of 11 Farr 40s representing six countries.

“The teams will be battling it out for either the North American crown or the U.S. Circuit title or both,” said Farr 40 Class Director Geoff Stagg (Annapolis, Md.), “so there is really going to be a lot going on and a lot to follow—all very exciting.”

Defending North American Champion Jim Richardson (Newport, R.I./Boston, Mass.) and his team aboard Barking Mad currently hold the circuit championship lead with a total of 91 points, only two points ahead of current runner-up Alberto Rossi (Ancona, Italy) and his team aboard Enfant Terrible.

“This is very close competition, and we’re looking forward to racing against a lot of good teams in Martha’s Vineyard,” said Richardson, who also is a three-time world champion (1998, ’04, and ‘09), while Rossi claimed second at the Worlds last year.  He acknowledged Enfant Terrible’s two 2013 circuit event victories, one having been at the Farr 40 East Coast Championship in Annapolis, and the most recent at the 159th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex where Barking Mad had to settle for second place on the final day of racing after losing on a tiebreaker to Enfant Terrible. (Richardson won the first of the 2013 circuit events – Quantum Key West Race Week, which served as the Farr 40 Mid-Winters—and finished third at the East Coasts.)

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Enfant Terrible records comeback victory over Barking Mad in Farr 40 class at 159th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, presented by Rolex 

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Skipper Alberto Rossi (far right) and the Enfant Terrible crew celebrate their dramatic victory in Farr 40 class at the 159th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, presented by Rolex. Photo by Sara Proctor.
Newport, R.I. - There's a lot of history in the Farr 40 class. None is grander than the time-honored tradition that almost every regatta comes down to the last leg of the last race on the last day.

It happened again at the 159th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, presented by Rolex. Enfant Terrible and Barking Mad were tied on points as the two boats sailed to the finish line under spinnaker out on the Atlantic Ocean. Enfant Terrible needed to hold second place in order to win the regatta. Meanwhile, Barking Mad had to pick off one boat and move into fourth place to pull out the victory.

Enfant Terrible did its job by crossing the line just behind first place Charisma. Skipper Jim Richardson and his crew aboard Barking Mad gave a great effort, but came up a couple boat lengths short of passing Groovederci and had to settle for fifth.

Those finishes gave Enfant Terrible, the Italian entry skippered by Alberto Rossi, its second straight comeback victory in the highly-competitive class. Enfant Terrible won the tiebreaker with Barking Mad based on more second place finishes during the four-day regatta. It was an incredibly close event as third place Charisma, skippered by Nico Poons of Monaco, finished jsut one point behind Enfant Terrible and Barking Mad.

Final results

1. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, Ancona, Italy, 2-4-8-4-1-2-2-5-2-2=32 points
2. Barking Mad, Jim Richardson, Newport, RI, 4-1-3-2-2-5-3-3-4-5=32
3, Charisma, Nico Poons, Monaco, 1-8-1-1-5/TL-7-1-2-6-1=33
4, Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, MD, 6-2-2-7-5/TL-1-6-4-3-6=42
5, Groovederci, John Demourkas, 3-3-5-3-5/TL-8-5-6-1-4=43
6, Struntje Light, Wolfgang Schaefer, Lueneburg, Germany, 7-6-4-5-5/TL-3-4-1-8-7=50
7, Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, Chicago, 5-5-7-6-5/TL-4-8-8-7-3=58
8, Flojito y Cooperando, Bernardo Minkow-Julian Fernandez, Mexico City, 8-7-6-8-3-6-7-7-5-8=65
9, Oakcliff-Farr 40-1, Seth Cooley, Oyster Bay, NY, 9-9-9-9-5/TL-9-9-9-9-9=86

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Barking Mad holds narrow lead over Charisma, Enfant Terrible as Farr 40 class enters last day of 159th NYYC Annual Regatta, presented by Rolex 
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Skipper Jim Richardson and his crew aboard Barking Mad have led the Farr 40 class at the end of all three days of racing at the 159th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta. Photo by Sara Proctor

Newport, RI - In typical Farr 40 fashion, class honors are up for grabs going into the final day of the 159th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex.

Just five points separate the top three boats after three days of racing. Skipper Jim Richardson and his team aboard Barking Mad maintained their lead in the overall standings after posting a solid line of 5-3-3 on Saturday and own a low score of 23 points.

Barking Mad has shown tremendous consistency in leading at the end of racing all three days, but Richardson isn't about to rest on his laurels.

"You can never get comfortable in this class. There are so many boats out there that can beat you," said Richardson, a part-time resident of Newport. "The idea at this point is to stay out of the deep numbers. It's all about fighting for every inch in every race."

Richardson and crew certainly did that in Race 8 on Saturday, finishing third after coming off the start line in last place. Barking Mad has placed third or better in six of eight races and has yet to finish lower than fifth.

"Boat speed-wise, this is the best we've gone so far this season," Barking Mad tactician Terry Hutchinson said. "I think Jim's level of steering gets better and better with each regatta. At the same time, the level of competition keeps getting better. All nine boats are well-sailed."

 

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