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2018verve1 sCHICAGO - Leif Sigmond called it a "great precursor" to the Farr 40 World Championship, and that assessment seemed spot on.

A strong fleet of 10 Farr 40s gathered at the Chicago Yacht Club for the Verve Cup and four days of intense competition served to stoke expectations for the worlds, being held in October off the Windy City.

Sigmond, who is commodore of the Chicago Yacht Club, came away impressed.

"It was a terrific regatta in every respect. It was nice to have all the traveling boats here and we had a good turnout of local boats," Sigmond said. "I thought the competition was tremendous, a lot of very tight racing."

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1sLONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA - Skipper Alex Roepers and his team on Plenty put forth one of the most impressive performances in the history of the Farr 40 North American Championship, posting a tremendous score line en route to a commanding victory.

Roeper steered Plenty to first place finishes in 10 of 11 races to finish with a remarkably low score of 11 points - 22 better than runner-up Struntje Light - to capture his second North American crown. Veteran professional Terry Hutchinson called tactics for Roepers, who has now won both his North American titles while racing off Long Beach.

"We couldn't be more pleased with the results," said Roepers, whose second place finish in Race 2 marked the only time Plenty did not get the gun. "It was definitely a very rare and unusual score line in this class. I don't think I've ever experienced anything quite like this."

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2018na 1sNewcomer entry from Australia shows superb form on Day 1

Ray Roberts traveled from Sydney, Australia to southern California to compete in the 71st annual Newport to Ensenada International Race held late last month. Roberts recently bought a 1986 vintage Frers-designed 50-footer named Airwaves and was thrilled to skipper the old IOR warhorse to fourth place in PHRF B class.

Members of the Airwaves crew convinced Roberts to stay in the United States a while longer in order to compete in the Farr 40 North American Championship, being held May 10-13 off Long Beach.

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