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Rolex Farr 40 World Championships – Newport, RI

Rolex Farr 40 World Championships – Newport, RI

Header Image: BARKING MAD in action during the 2012 edition. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

[Source: www.regattanews.com] Fifteen Farr 40 yachts from eight countries and territories will contest the 16th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. Racing commences next week, Tuesday 27 August.

CHARISMA followed by ENFANT TERRIBLE. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

CHARISMA followed by ENFANT TERRIBLE. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

Hosted for the third time in Newport, Rhode Island, the crowning event of the Farr 40 season always reserves fierce competition as rival teams vie for supremacy. Hitting the water fully focused is crucial. Over four days crews take on up to ten intense races where timing is paramount and mistakes mercilessly punished.

FLASH GORDON 6, owner/skipper Helmut Jahn, tactician Bill Hardesty. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

FLASH GORDON 6, owner/skipper Helmut Jahn, tactician Bill Hardesty. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

The defending champion is Helmut Jahn’s Flash Gordon 6 which won last year’s title in home waters on Lake Michigan, Chicago. Seven times in its 16 year history, the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds has been won by a boat competing in its native country or waters: a statistic that will inspire the seven-strong United States contingent. Equally, it will not deter the eight international challengers. Jahn and professional tactician Bill Hardesty are aiming to become the first crew to retain the championship since 2008.

The change of environment from Chicago to Newport ensures this year’s Championship will require a different tactical approach. “Moving from fresh water to salt water and a different wave action will be a factor,” explains Geoff Stagg, Farr 40 Class Manager. “We are delighted to be back in Newport. It is an iconic location and we are looking forward to working again with the New York Yacht Club.”

ENFANT TERRIBLE. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

ENFANT TERRIBLE. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

The form crew in the 2013 Farr 40 season is Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad (Header Image), (USA) three-time winner of the World Championship and current leader of the Farr 40 international circuit. However, the trio of Enfant Terrible (ITA), Struntje Light (GER) and Charisma (MON) are also on top of their game and will provide formidable competition.

The defending champion is Helmut Jahn’s Flash Gordon 6 which won last year’s title in home waters on Lake Michigan, Chicago. Seven times in its 16 year history, the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds has been won by a boat competing in its native country or waters: a statistic that will inspire the seven-strong United States contingent. Equally, it will not deter the eight international challengers. Jahn and professional tactician Bill Hardesty are aiming to become the first crew to retain the championship since 2008.

FLASH GORDON 6 in front of the fleet during the 2012 edition. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

FLASH GORDON 6 in front of the fleet during the 2012 edition. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

The change of environment from Chicago to Newport ensures this year’s Championship will require a different tactical approach. “Moving from fresh water to salt water and a different wave action will be a factor,” explains Geoff Stagg, Farr 40 Class Manager. “We are delighted to be back in Newport. It is an iconic location and we are looking forward to working again with the New York Yacht Club.”

The form crew in the 2013 Farr 40 season is Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad, (USA) three-time winner of the World Championship and current leader of the Farr 40 international circuit. However, the trio of Enfant Terrible (ITA), Struntje Light (GER) and Charisma (MON) are also on top of their game and will provide formidable competition.

PLENTY, owner/skipper Alexander Roepers. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

PLENTY, owner/skipper Alexander Roepers. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

Consistent teamwork is paramount at the event. The relationship between tactician and helmsman is one of the most crucial onboard. Among the world-renowned professional tacticians in attendance this year are Gavin Brady, Peter Holmberg, Terry Hutchinson, Chris Larson and Vasco Vascotto.

“Corinthian owners driving their own boats which are as identical as humanly possible with the best tacticians in the world guiding them,” is how Stagg describes the continued allure of the competition. “The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship is the most closely-fought highly contested One Design event in the world.”

The 16th edition of the Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club, looks as competitive as ever with 15 skilled and determined teams all with a chance of glory.

How to follow the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds:

STRUNTJE LIGHT, owner/skipper Wolfgang Schaefer. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

STRUNTJE LIGHT, owner/skipper Wolfgang Schaefer. Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

Stay tuned to LSD!

For more information about the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds please visit www.farr40worlds.com

Programe:
23 – 26 August
Registration, Boat and Sail Measurement

Tuesday 27 August
Race(s)

Wednesday 28 August
Race(s)

Thursday 29 August
Race(s)

Friday 30 August
Race(s)
Rolex Awards Ceremony

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