When organizers announced there would only be one race on Saturday, the crew aboard Enfant Terrible did not think there was any chance they could capture the West Coast Championship.
The Italian entry entered the day in third place, four points behind overall leader Groovederci. Tactician Tommaso Chieffi had hoped there would be two races as planned.
"When word came there would be one race, we figured we would not be able to win," he said. "Our goal going into the last race was to just hold onto third."Read More
In typical Farr 40 fashion, the West Coast Championship will come down to the final day with at least four boats in contention for the overall victory.
Groovederci passed two boats on the last two legs to get the gun in Race 9 on Friday and that win moved skipper John Demourkas into first place in the standings. Renowned professional John Kostecki is calling tactics on Groovederci, which is clinging to a one-point lead over the Australian entry Estate Master.
Enfant Terrible, the Italian entry owned by Alberto Rossi, holds third place - just four points astern of the leader. Plenty, skippered by Alex Roepers of New York City, is only nine points out of first place.Read More
Quantum Sail Design Group Day at the Farr 40 West Coast Championship proved quite interesting. Principal race officer Peter Reggio held the 15-boat fleet at the dock for an hour then delayed for another hour out on the water waiting for the sea breeze to fill in.
For the sailors, the wait was well worth it as things got wild once racing finally got underway. Southwesterly winds that steadily built to 15-17 knots provided some thrilling competition and resulted in a shakeup in the standings.
"After a long pause to get going, the day ended with a real vengeance," Groovederci skipper John Demourkas said.Read More