Enfant Terrible defends ORCi Worlds with a Repeat Win, congrats Alberto and Feam

First-ever repeat win for Enfant Terribleaug19_enfant

Helsinki, Finland - Showing the rewards of careful planning, preparation and execution in a sailing venue over 3000 kilometers from home, two Italian teams have won gold medals in the Audi ORCi Offshore World Championship. This is the fourth time in ORC history that there has been an all-Italian sweep of Gold medals in the World Championship.

In Class A, Alberto Rossi and his Italian Farr 40 Enfant Terrible took the lead in Day Two of the event and never looked back, thereby repeating their 2011 win in Cres, Croatia last year, and becoming the first-ever repeat Offshore World Champion.

“It was a difficult series, but we are really pleased,” said Rossi. “The team sailed very well through some tough conditions, but in the end it was our consistency that was important.”

Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship: Richardson’s Barking Mad Takes its First North American Title

Jim Richardson and crew. Photo by Daniel Forster, DanielForster.com
NEWPORT, R.I. (July 7, 2012) – Over four days of racing at the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship, held off Newport, R.I. from Wednesday, July 4 through Saturday, July 7, it was anyone's guess as to who would win, since leading up to Saturday’s final two races there had been seven different race winners over the previous eight races and each day had yielded a different overall leader. The event, headquartered at the Newport Shipyard and sailed on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound, hosted 11 teams that kept the bets going through to the last day, when Jim Richardson's (Newport, R.I.) Barking Mad finally settled everything by clinching the championship after the day’s first of two races and finishing with an overall lead of six points.

“It’s great to win a continental championship,” said Richardson, who is a three-time Farr 40 World Champion (1998, 2004, 2009) and counts this as his first North American championship in the class. “It has only taken me 15 years,” he added with a smile at Saturday’s Rolex Awards Ceremony where he was presented with a Rolex Submariner timepiece for his team’s performance. “Today was a great day, and we got off to a great start in Race 9 and were able to finish second, which helped us to sew up our position for the event.”

Crewing for Richardson were Eric Aakhus (Newport Beach, Calif.); Dave Armitage (Newport, R.I.); Lindsay Bartel (Chicago, Ill.); Skip Baxter (Annapolis, Md.); David Chapman (Sydney Aus/Cowes UK); Zac Hurst, Zac (Valencia Spain); Martin Kullman (St. Petersburg, Fla.); Linda Lindquist-Bishop (Leland, Mich./Seoul Korea); and Matt Mcdonough (Jackson Hole, Wyoming).

North American Circuit Standings as of July 11
Boat Owner QKWRW Miami Annapolis Rolex NAs Pre Worlds Total
Barking Mad Jim Richardson (USA) 1 2 2 1   6
Enfant Terrible Alberto Rossi (ITA) 2 1 4 2   9
Struntje Light Wolfgang Schaefer (GER) 3 3 3 3   12
Groovederci John Demourkas (USA) 6 7 1 6   20
Provezza 8 Ergin Imre and Onur Erardag (TUR) 7 8 6 5   26
Charisma Nico Poons (MON) 5 6 9 10   30
Asterisk UNO Hasip Gencer (TUR) 12 5 7 9   33
Plenty Alex Roepers 12 12 12 4   40
Nightshift Kevin McNeil 12 12 8 8   40
Transfusion Guido Belgiorno-Nettis 12 12 12 7   43
Yellow Jacket Bulman Scholz Syndicate 12 12 11 11   46
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