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21 February 2011, 10:11 am
Nerone Win The 2011 Farr 40 Australian Championship
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2011 Farr 40 Australian Championship
Sydney, Australia

Massimo Mezzaroma's Italian team Nerone has won the 2011 Farr 40 Australian Championship after three days of racing off Sydney Heads.
Nerone, who are the defending Rolex Farr 40 World Champions, recorded a scorecard of 6-1-6-1-1-1-6-3 to seal the championship ahead of this week's Rolex Farr 40 World Championship.

"It is great for us to repeat our result from December and we hope to show the same skills at the Worlds as in this regatta,"
said Vasco Vascotto, Nerone's tactician.

"We want to dedicate this regatta to Massimo Mezzaroma and all the new babies in the Nerone team. We are a little sad with no Massimo Mezzaroma last year we sailed the Worlds without Antonio and hopefully we will all sail together soon."

Racing on the final day was on the offshore course on the Macquarie Circle after the race committee decided the race course inside the harbour would not provide a fair race course.

Racing in a very light southeast breeze the fleet managed to complete two races and possibly get a taste of potential conditions to come over the upcoming Rolex Farr 40 Worlds. The race committee had to shorten the last race when the breeze decided to drop out and the fleet was drifting down the course with zero's registering on the instruments on a number of boats.

The winner of the Corinthian division in the 2011 Farr 40 Australian Championship is Strunjte light from Germany, owned by Wolfgang Schaefer. Strunjte won the same division in the Summer Sprint Series last weekend and have local sailor David Chapman (AUS) calling tactics.

"We are very happy to be here at a great event. It was very tough competition and some of the best sailing in the world. We have experienced great hospitality and it is fantastic to meet up with our Aussie friends in Sydney," commented Schaefer.

2011 Farr 40 Australian Championship Top Ten:

1 - Nerone Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori (ITA)
2 - Barking Mad James Richardson (USA)
3 - Estate Master Lisa Hill & Martin Hill AUS)
4 - Flash Gordon Helmut Jahn (USA)
5 - Transfusion Guido Belgiorno-Nettis ( AUS)
6 - Goombay Smash William Douglass (USA)
7 - Voodoo Chile Andrew Hunn and Lloyd Clark (AUS)
8 - Plenty Alexander Roepers (USA)
9 - White Cloud Brett Neill (NZL)
10 - Strunjte light Wolfgang Schaefer (GER)
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