With 160 boats built to date throughout the world, the Farr 40 class has had a great turn-out with 36 boats from 12 countries set to race in the waters of the Oresund Strait between Denmark and Sweden. Jim RICHARDSON, President of the Farr 40 Class Association, and owner/helmsman of Barking Mad, said, 'It's fantastic to be here [in Denmark]. The Farr 40 organization has built a new fleet up here in the Nordic region for the Class. We've got Norwegians, Danes, Swedes and Finns and, although it is not exactly the same region, we've even got a boat from the Ukraine. So it's growing further north and I think it's been a great decision.'
Racing will run from Wednesday 29 August - Saturday 1 September and up to ten races are scheduled. Principal Race Officer Peter 'Luigi' REGGIO will head the race committee from the host Royal Danish Yacht Club, assisted by Jan SCHLUTER.
The defending Rolex Farr 40 World Champion, 2006 winner Vincenzo ONORATO's Mascalzone Latino, is highly favored at these Worlds after his victory at the 2007 Nordic Farr 40 Championship in Hankø, Norway, as well as Massimo MEZZAROMA's Nerone (a Rolex Farr 40 World Champion in 2003), with his recent victory at the 2007 Rolex Farr 40 European Championship in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
Among the previous Farr 40 World Champions is two-time World Champion, Jim RICHARDSON on Barking Mad, who is having a stellar season in Europe having won the 2007 Rolex Capri Sailing, overall winner of the Rolex Baltic Week 2007, the Farr 40 European Circuit (a grand prix series of five separate regattas) and the just completed 2007 Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds; the other Farr 40 World Champions are Steve PHILLIPS, Le Renard (2002), and Ernesto BERTARELLI, Alinghi (2001).
Also competing in Copenhagen will be numerous Olympic talents and America's Cup sailors including Jeff MADRIGALI, Olympic bronze medalist, on John DEMOURKAS' Groovederci (USA), Brad BUTTERWORTH, skipper and tactician of the 32nd America's Cup winner Alinghi on Alinghi (SUI), Jesper BANK, three-time Olympic medalist on Struntje Light (GER), Adrian STEAD the accomplished British sailor on Mascalzone Latino (ITA) and America's Cup challenger Desafio Espanol's crew Tony REY and John CUTLER on, respectively, Cannonball (ITA) and the Le Renard (USA).
Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe BEKKING will call tactics for HRH Crown Prince Frederik on Nanoq (DEN), following Nanoq's Key West debut last January. Australian Michael COXON, who won the 2005 Farr 40 Pre-Worlds, in Sydney, as tactician for Neville CRICHTON, followed by a close 2nd in the Worlds behind Richard PERINI's Evolution, will call tactics on Ichi Ban (AUS) with Matt ALLEN at the helm, while Lang WALKER's Kokomo (AUS) will again have Olympian Colin BEASHEL as tactician.
Social activities for the Rolex Farr 40 Championship will take place at the race village at the newly built Royal Danish Yacht Club on Tuborg Havn. The Skipper's Briefing and Opening Ceremonies take place tonight at The Opera in Holmen and activities will culminate at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship Awards Party on Saturday.
During the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, the Royal Danish Yacht Club will host competitors and officials taking part in the events at the Regatta Village. The venue will be the central location for the daily social events in the Farr 40 Lounge, the Media Centre, and serve as a home away from home to over 350 competitors from 12 countries around the globe including Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Ukraine, the U.K., and the U.S.A.
The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship celebrates its 10th anniversary in Copenhagen, Denmark. The World Championship has been sailed in North America, Europe or Australia every year since the class was established in 1997.
The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship joins other prestigious Rolex-sponsored 2007 events including the Rolex Fastnet Race, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Rolex Big Boat Series and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.