This is the first regatta organized by the newly created Stagg Yachts. When asked about the development of the combination event, Stagg Yachts President Geoff STAGG (USA) said, 'The timing was right and we knew the venue, with headquarters at the Miami Beach Marina, was perfect. We have held other regattas there in the Fall/Winter season, and the owners in both classes wanted to return, so we decided to build on that enthusiasm.'
STAGG estimates that 15-18 Farr 40s and 15+ Mumm 30s will participate. The cosmopolitan destination will draw competitors from around the world. Farr 40s and Mumm 30s are expected in each class from Italy, German, Monaco, Norway, France, Canada and across the USA.
Known as one of the most competitive one design classes in the world, the Farr 40 fleet expects past Farr 40 World Champions Steve and Maxine PHILLIPS' Le Renard from Annapolis, and two-time European champions Massimo MEZZAROMA and Antonio Sodo MIGLIORI on Nerone, as well as notable foreign entries Mascalzone Latino skippered by Vincenzo ONORATO of Italy; Norwegian Steam owned by Eivind ASTRUP of Oslo, Norway; and Twins owned by Erik MARIS of Paris, France.
'We are coming to Miami because we try to follow the Farr 40 circuit around the world,' said MARIS, who purchased his first boat two years ago. With MARIS will be Philippe PRESTI, an accomplished Finn and Star class sailor, who is currently racing with Luna Rossa, the Italian America's Cup challenger.
The destination clearly appeals to the owners. 'Sailing in South Beach during late fall, after the sailing season and before the skiing season in Norway, is a treat,' said ASTRUP.
In addition to the competitve Farr 40 class racing, the regatta will double as the Mumm 30 North American Championship. Deneen DEMOURKAS (USA) and her crew aboard the Mumm 30 Groovederci, will try to defend the 2005 North American Championship that they won in Key West last January against fleet standouts such as Turbo Duck owned by BODO and Nick VON DER WENSE (USA) and TeamBold skippered by Nelson STEPHENSON (USA), the second and third place boats, respectively, from last year's NA Championship. Jim RICHARDSON (USA), will be sailing Barking Mad, his 2004 Farr 40 World Champion in the two-day Farr 40 Match Race regatta on 1-2 November, then switching to his Mumm 30 for the fleet racing. Newly crowned Mumm 30 European Champion Peter DE RIDDER will be competing with his Dutch crew aboard Mean Machine.
STEPHENSON, the Mumm 30 Class and World Council President said about the 2005 Mumm 30 North American Championship sponsored by Rolex, 'As one of the leading one design classes in the world, the North American Mumm 30 Class expects an extremely competitive regatta and quality racing in some of the best sailing conditions in the world this coming November. All the teams will be bringing their 'A' games to Miami and I expect it to be a very difficult North American Championship for a Mumm 30 team to win.'