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Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship 2007
Miami, USA

One of the certain highlights of the upcoming Acura Miami Grand Prix will be the competition in the Farr 40 class. To date, 16 teams - representing the U.S. and seven foreign countries - are expected to compete on Biscayne Bay. Racing will take place from 8 to 11 March to determine the Rolex Farr 40 North American Champion where the winning skipper will be presented with a Rolex timepiece.
The current Farr 40 World Champion, Vincenzo ONORATO (Portoferria, Italy) and his Mascalzone Latino have sent word to the organizers that they will not compete. However, any of the other boats competing have a chance at winning in this strict owner-driven, one-design class where a premium is placed on boat handling and crew work. The current holder of the America's Cup, Ernesto BERTARELLI and his Alinghi team, also are past world champions and will have serious competition from two-time World Cup holder Jim RICHARDSON (Boston, Mass./Newport, R.I.) on Barking Mad. Also favoured for a podium finish are the 2003 World Champion Massimo MEZZAROMA (Rome, Italy) on Nerone and Wolfgang STOLZ (Frankfurt, Germany) on Opus One, who placed a remarkable fourth at his debut world competition this past September in Newport, R.I.

There will be plenty of Olympic, Volvo Ocean Race and America's Cup talent throughout the competitive fleet, serving as tacticians and filling key roles for professionals. Americans include Brian LEDBETTER, an Olympic Silver Medalist, tactician on Barking Mad; Jeff MADRIGALI, an Olympic Bronze Medalist, tactician on John and Deneen DEMOURKAS'S (Santa Barbara, Calif.) Groovederci; Alinghi team members Brad BUTTERWORTH, and Pieter Van NIEWENHUYZEN; Chris LARSON, the 1997 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, on Alesandro BARNABA'S Fiamma; Gildas PHILIPPE, a French Olympian, on Erik MARIS' (Paris, France) Twins; and Bouwe BEKKING, skipper of Movistar in the 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race, tactician on Nanoq, helmed by HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

The Farr 40 class is one of four which will be eligible for an overall prize based on combined cumulative points from Acura Key West Race Week and the Acura Miami Grand Prix. The top Farr 40 also will be awarded the Mark H. Baxter Memorial Trophy, which last was in service during old Southern Ocean Racing Circuit, a precursor to the Acura Miami Grand Prix. Past president of US Sailing, Janet BAXTER, gave the trophy to the Farr 40 Class on behalf of the BAXTER family.

The Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship joins other prestigious Rolex-sponsored 2007 events including the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Rolex Swan Cup, Rolex Big Boat Series, Rolex Farr 40 World Championship and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. For more information about the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship at the Acura Miami Grand Prix, including the full list of entries and results, go to the regatta's official event website www.premiere-racing.com. For more information about the Farr 40 Class, please visit www.farr40.org

Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship at Acura Miami Race Week
Preliminary Entry List, as of March 6, 2007

Boat Name, Owner, Country, Tactician
1. Aleph, Hughes LEPIC, FRA, to be named
2. Alinghi, Ernesto BERTARELLI, SUI, Brad BUTTERWORTH
3. Barking Mad, James RICHARDSON, USA, Brian LEDBETTER
4. Cannonball, Dario FERRARI, ITA, Cameron APPLETON
5. Fiamma, Alessandro BARNABA, ITA, Chris LARSON
6. Flash Gordon 5, Helmut & Evan JAHN, USA, Mark IVEY
7. Groovederci, John DEMOURKAS, USA, Jeff MADRIGALI
8. Monick, Nicklas HOLM, DEN, Nicklas HOLM
9. Nanoq, HRH Prince Frederik, DEN, Bouwe BEKKING
10. Nerone, Massimo MEZZAROMA, ITA, Lorenzo BRESSANI
11. Norwegian Steam, Eivind ASTRUP, NOR, Morten HENRIKSEN
12. Old Boys, Eduardo SOUZA RAMOS, BRA, to be named
13. Opus One, Wolfgang STOLZ, GER, Tim POWELL
14. Ramrod, Rod JABIN, USA, Scott NIXON
15. Twins, Erik MARIS, FRA, Gildas PHILIPPE
16. Warpath, Steve HOWE, USA, Ian WILLIAMS

Regatta News (As Amended by ISAF), Image: Farr40 fleet in action © Sam Crichton
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