Dark Star Wins after Battling the Elements and West Coast Rivals

LONG BEACH, CALIF. (June 2, 2011) - Memorial Day weekend was anything but tame for the Farr 40 fleet which experienced mixed weather conditions and tight competition at the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club in conjunction with the Farr 40 Class Association. The regatta was staged from Gladstone's Restaurant on the waterfront in the heart of downtown Long Beach and proved to be a spectacular venue, with the Queen Mary as a backdrop, for spectators and competitors to come together off-the-water. Winning six of eight races, including all three on Monday, Jeff Janov (Malibu, Calif.) of Dark Star escaped the grasp of West Coast standout and rival David Voss (Marina del Rey, Calif.), skippering Piranha, and returned home with a Rolex Submariner timepiece engraved with the Farr 40 logo.

"We have a very solid team with a wide range of experience and potential, and though the conditions were extremely challenging throughout the course of three days, we were all able to adapt," said Janov who has been involved in the West Coast Farr 40 Fleet since April 2008. Dark Star has already taken the podium three times this year, winning the Farr 40 Midwinters in Long Beach, the Ahmanson Cup in Newport Beach and placing second in the Yachting Cup in San Diego.

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Dark Star prevails but Piranha fights to end

Long Beach, California: A lively climax to the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship Sunday left Dark Star and Piranha something in the pot to stir up the next time they meet.

Dark Star owner/driver Jeff Janov from Malibu prevailed this time in a rout, winning six of eight races over the three-day Memorial Day weekend, including all three Monday, to collect a Rolex Submariner wristwatch engraved with the Farr 40 logo on the back.

Meanwhile, Dave Voss, the West Coast class president whose Piranha dominated the fleet until Dark Star emerged last year, has a load of motivation after placing fourth overall without winning a race.

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Racing Finished, 8 Races Completed

juniorsUpdate 8 PM Pacific Daylight Time:

All protests settled, the results below are final. Jeff Janov and his crew on Dark Star are the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 North American Champions.

Full report to follow.


  Sail Boat Skipper Club Total Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8
1 80808 Dark Star Janov,Jeff CYC 14 1 1 5 3 1 1 1 1
2 USA37 Far Niente Scheer,Frederic CYC 28 4 2 8 1 4 3 3 3
3 51044 Skian Dhu Freeland,Dirk ABYC 29 3 6 2 5 3 2 4 4
4 USA51483 Piranha Voss,David CYC 32 2 3 3 9 7 4 2 2
5 USA131 Viva La Vida Jeff Shew/Bill Durant LBYC 37 8 9 1 2 2 5 5 5
6 USA40046 Twisted Pohl,Tony StFYC 51 7 7 4 7 5 6 7 8
7 USA888 White Knight Katinszky,Zoltan CBYC 56 5 10 9 4 6 7 9 6
8 40050 Temptress Godwin,Ray LBYC 57 6 4 7 8 11 DNC 8 6 7
9 46957 Jo Ann Murphy,Steve SlBYC 67 10 5 6 10 9 9 8 10
10 50060 Radical Departure Joe Carter/Dennis Rosene BYC 70 9 8 10 6 8 10 10 9


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At right: Long Beach Yacht Club juniors about to go racing on Farr 40s on the last day of the Rolex Farr 40 North Americans. Click to enlarge.

Dark Star extends lead; Piranha bites itself

Long Beach, California: Jeff Janov's Dark Star charged through strong winds and big seas Sunday to reinforce his rule over the fleet in the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship.

But while Dark Star scored a third and a first---its third in five races---to seize an eight-point lead with three races remaining Monday, his arch rival in the class dropped out of contention in spectacular style.

Dave Voss's Piranha is a class icon with the cartoon of the mean little creature on its spinnaker, but the angry fish turned on its master with a vengeance Sunday, costing him ninth and seventh places in the 10-boat fleet.

Piranha, a recent class winner of the Newport to Ensenada offshore classic, was at the front of the fleet approaching the leeward gate in Sunday's first race, but the takedown went awry and the chute was left billowing alongside and then trailing in the water. The crew finally had to cut it loose as the rest of the fleet headed upwind.

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Racing Finished on Day 2 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship

Update: 6:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Racing has finished for the day. Two races sailed today, for a total of five. Racing resumes on Monday.

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Standings after five races:

Complete results: PDF or Word downloads. Full report to follow.

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