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.

Hobart ups ante as Transfusion holds

February 20, 2014

The forecasters got it right on day two of the Farr 40 National Championships: John Calvert-Jones Trophy as Hobart upped the ante for the eight boat fleet contesting their Australian title.

An early NNW wind in the high teens gusting up to 28 knots caused some damage in race five, the first of the day. Trevor and Steven Richardson’s Local Mocean tore their main and Jeff Carter’s Edake broke a mainsail batten.

It went from bad to worse for Carter who ripped a spinnaker in race seven. “I may as well have stood in the shower tearing up $100 bills. The result was the same,” said Carter, from Sydney’s Middle Harbour Yacht Club.

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion is holding firm on the prime position, still three points ahead of Martin and Lisa Hill’s Estate Master at the series mid-way point.

Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 Tasmanian State Title - Overall

Farr 40 Tasmanian State ChampionshipThe Sydney team of Estate Master has made an impressive return to one design competition, taking out the Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 Tasmanian State Title in Hobart.

Two local boats, Voodoo Chile and Wired, made sure the remaining podium places went to the home side.

Results were upturned after today's two light air races on a calm Derwent River. The Lloyd Clark steered Voodoo Chile jumped from sixth yesterday to finish second overall and Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' Transfusion dived from first to equal fourth place alongside Jeff Carter's Edake.

For years an underweight keel has plagued the Hills when the breeze tipped over 18 knots. It was discovered by chance and this summer has been corrected by McConaghy Boats while a new paint job has lifted morale and broadcasted Estate Master's confident comeback to the Farr 40 circuit.

Estate Master hasn't won a Farr 40 regatta since before the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Sydney.

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