Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club to host Farr 40 Midwinter Championship

mar19 cabrillo sStrong fleet of 16 boats is entered in first event of the 2014 International Circuit 

John Demourkas has fond memories of racing on the West Coast circuit during his early years as a Farr 40 owner. In those days, Demourkas was crewing for his wife Deneen, who drove Groovederci. After retiring from business, John Demourkas took over as skipper and has spent the last eight years competing on the International Circuit in far-flung locales.

So Demourkas is looking forward to returning to places like San Francisco, Long Beach, Marina Del Rey and his home port of Santa Barbara as the 2014 Farr 40 International Circuit is being held on the West Coast for the first time since 2004. 

"We did the West Coast circuit for the first five or six years that we were in the class and really enjoyed it," Demourkas said. "It will be fun and interesting to do all those familiar venues again. Long Beach is a great place to sail while we are excited to host the fleet here in Santa Barbara. San Francisco is one of the greatest places in the world to sail. The West Coast fleet is reviving and I think all the owners out here are working together to make sure this is a spectacular season of racing."

The West Coast fleet has indeed stepped up and put its best foot forward as the opening event of the circuit, the Farr 40 Midwinter Championship, has attracted 17 entries with 11 coming from California. Jeff Janov and the Dark Star crew along with Zoltan Katinszky and the White Knight team are among several strong in-state entries eager to challenge the likes of Groovederci and other boats that have annually been competing on the International Circuit.

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Transfusion’s fifth Farr 40 trophy triumph

February 22, 2014

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion team has pulled off a trifecta of Australian titles and claimed a record five National Championships: John Calvert-Jones Trophy crowns since the series’ inception in 2000.

An OCS in the penultimate race 11 on a fickle Derwent River in Hobart wasn’t enough to slow the New South Welshmen’s march. They played the Joker card, took the right hand side of the course and won.

The title was in the bag but still they pushed on, finishing second in the final race 12, another three-lapper in the sou’wester averaging in the high teens with bursts over 25 knots and down as low as seven knots at times.

Lloyd Clark and Andrew Hunn’s Voodoo Chile (TAS) opened the Farr 40’s 2013/14 season in dominating form, claiming the Queensland state title last October and the One Design Trophy in December.

Transfusion owned the NSW state title and Martin and Lisa Hill’s Estate Master (NSW) took out the Tasmanian state title earlier this week.

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Top three boats have all to play for at Farr 40 national title

February 21, 2014

Anywhere else Transfusion’s four point break would mean a quiet confidence for the leading crew heading into the final day of the Farr 40 National Championships: John Calvert-Jones Trophy.

Rather the vagaries of Hobart Derwent River, known around the world as the place where countless Sydney to Hobart races have been won and lost, has Transfusion’s tactician Tom Slingsby talking down a foregone conclusion.

“At any other venue I would be quietly confident. Here not all. There’s all to play for the top three boats, us, Estate Master and Voodoo Chile,” said Slingsby.

“The team is sailing well. It’s a bit of snakes and ladders and a bit of luck.

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