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  • Angophora blitzes Farr 40 nationals opening day
  • Estate Master the favourite for Farr 40 season-ending national title.
  • Estate Master the new NSW Farr 40 champion
  • Rolex Farr 40 World Championship Returns to Porto Cervo

Media Release: 10 March 2017

Event: Farr 40 2016/17 John Calvert-Jones National Championship March 10-12, 2017 hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron with racing offshore on Saturday and in Sydney Harbour on the Friday and Sunday

Four races into the Farr 40s’ John Calvert-Jones National Championship on Sydney Harbour and an almighty tug-of-war is on between last season’s all-conquering team and the current season frontrunner.

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Angophora and Martin Hill’s Estate Master are three points apart after the opening day in southerly winds that averaged 17 knots. Angophora posted scores of 1,1,3,1 and Estate Master 2,2,2,3.

“We have a lot of experience on the boat but we’ve only raced together at the states and we weren’t sure how it would come together,” Belgiorno-Nettis said. “Overall I think we made less mistakes and the boat seemed to be fast, thanks largely to my steadfast trimmers Bob Wilmot and Sam Williams who I’ve sailed with for 10 years now.”

A blend of schmick crew work and Julian Plante calling clever tactics for Belgiorno-Nettis has them at the pointy end, but Hill’s equally credentialed Estate Master crew and tactician David Chapman are well in touch and have the better part of the 12 race series to overturn the current order.

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Media Release 7 March 2017

Event: Farr 40 2016/17 John Calvert-Jones National Championship March 10-12, 2017 hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron with racing offshore on Saturday and in Sydney Harbour on the Friday and Sunday.

Another win to Martin Hill’s Estate Master at the blowy Sydney Harbour Regatta has firmed the Middle Harbour Yacht Club Farr 40 team as favourite for the coveted season-ending national title, named in honour of Australian class pioneer John Calvert-Jones.

Though not part of the summer pointscore, Estate Master came out of two days of big wind sailing on a busy harbour well-practised and ready for a spectrum of sailing modes.

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Media release - 12 February 2017

Martin Hill’s Estate Master narrowly beat the runner up on the final day of the Farr 40 NSW State Title 2017 that wrapped up on Sydney Harbour in strong sou’east winds.

The days when Estate Master and what used to be Transfusion locked horns resumed at the two-day title. The pair were even on 10 points going into race six then Belgiorno-Nettis’ Angophora got mixed up with Gordon Ketelbey’s Zen at a top mark rounding.

Hill and his tactician David Chapman kept clear of the fleet and sailed into second in the 18-22 knot breeze while Belgiorno-Nettis lost touch with Estate Master and finished fifth, putting the state championship title out of the team’s reach despite Angophora’s bullet in race seven.

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ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND - The Farr 40 Class Association has enjoyed a strong relationship with Yacht Club Costa Smeralda over the years.

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has hosted numerous class events, including the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in 2003 and 2009. Porto Cervo and YCCS have also conducted several European and Mediterranean regattas for the association.

So it is fitting these two longtime allies will come together to commemorate each other's anniversaries.

Class organizers are proud to announce the 20th anniversary of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be held in Porto Cervo from July 13 through 16 and will be hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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