Jim RICHARDSON's Barking Mad and Massimo MEZZAROMA and Antonio Sodo MIGLIORI's Nerone were crowned winners at the Farr 40 tenth Anniversary events in Florida.
Almost 10 years to the date of the Farr 40 class's first regatta in 1997, Jim RICHARDSON (USA) on his Barking Mad
won the Farr 40 10th Anniversary Regatta, while Massimo MEZZAROMA and Antonio Sodo MIGLIORI (ITA) aboard their Nerone
won the Farr 40 10th Anniversary Match Race Invitational. Sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., along with North Sails and Edgewater Boats, the regattas were held from 27 November-2 December in Miami, Florida, USA.
"It's always amazing to win in this class,"
said RICHARDSON, a two-time World Champion and the Farr 40 Class president. "There are so many good teams out there. I have the advantage of sailing with Terry [HUTCHINSON], Skip [BAXTER] and Morgan [TRUBOVICH]. We're going on eight years together and we know what to expect from each other. We really had a good regatta."
The match racing round robin as well as the eight-race fleet racing series was run by the Storm Trysail Club with assistance from the Farr 40 Class Association.
Eight Farr 40s competed in the match racing with Wolfgang STOLZ's (GER) Opus One
tied on points at the end of the round robin. However Nerone
's title was decided on the count back as Nerone had defeated Opus One
in their match-up. Barking Mad
finished in third place.
"We lost to both of them,"
said RICHARDSON of his competition. "I don't do this stuff really often and Terry does. He knows what to do and I don't. We didn't practice enough and by the time he would explain it to me, we wound up getting behind. Everyone really enjoyed the match racing because it's great fun and it's different than what we usually do. On Barking Mad, we've approached any match racing as a great way to develop crew. Everything happens fast; the courses are short so the crew work gets better."
In the fleet racing regatta, 17 Farr 40s competed. "One of the most amazing things to me about this Class is that ten years into it there were six new boats racing for their first regatta. Ten years ago we had seven boats total competing in our first regatta. In addition to the four new owners who competed last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming back Peter DE RIDDER and his brand-new Mean Machine to the class and also Hasso PLATNER's Morning Glory joined us after some time off from the class, and they won a race."
Class newcomers Alex ROEPERS (USA) on Plenty
won the seventh race, while Doug DOUGLASS's (USA) Goombay Smash
won the eighth race.
Past World Champion Nerone
finished in second place, while Mean Machine
was third. Most of the competing teams are expected to participate in the upcoming Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, scheduled for 16-19 April 2008 in Miami.
For full results or photos from both events or for more information about the 2008 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, visit the Farr 40 Class website www.farr40.org