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20 February 2005, 09:23 am
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Hamilton Island Farr 40 Australian Championship
Hamilton Island, Australia

With another afternoon of heavy tropical thunderstorms forecast for Sydney, CYCA race organisers switched the final races of the 2005 Hamilton Island Farr 40 Australian titles to the crowded and colourful waters of Sydney Harbour.
While heavy winds were expected, they did not eventuate during the two final races, so after two days of bumpy water, racing was completed in 7-11 knots southerlies in flat water between Middle Head and Manly.

Jim RICHARDSON and his Barking Mad team are the 2004 Farr 40 World titleholders, and they appear to be on track for a successful defence of their World championship title.

Today they produced two thirds and a fourth to win the Hamilton Island sponsored series, ahead of Massimo MEZZAROMA's Nerone and the top performing Australian boat of recent months, Richard PERINI's Evolution.

Race six was won by the Italian Rascals, Vincenzo ONORATO's Mascalzone Latino from Steve and Fred HOWE's War Path, with Barking Mad third and Nerone sailing solidly into fourth.

Race seven produced 'dodgem cars' with a heavily armed US military troop carrier crossing paths with David URRYSs War Games. Team Shockwave with Neville CRICHTON on helm and Michael COXON at his shoulder calling tactics, was on fire winning the race from David GOTZE's Brighton Star, having its best race of the series with Barking Mad a consistent third.

In the final race once more Team Shockwave won, this time from War Path and Lang WALKER's Kokomo.

Final Results After Eight Races

Pos Yacht Name Nation Owner R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 POINTS
1 Barking Mad USA Jim RICHARDSON 12 5 2 1 2 3 3 4 58
2 Nerone ITA Mezzaroma/sodo Migliori 1 3 9 3 7.5 4 9 6 63
3 Evolution AUS Richard PERINI 6 1 1 4 12 8 4 13 73
4 TWT ITA Marco RODOLFI 4 6 3 6 11 7 10 5 81
5 War Path USA Steve and Fred HOWE 9 2 11 2 16 2 14 2 86
6 Team Shockwave 5077 Neville CRICHTON 8 12 20 5 6 10 1 1 88
7 Mascalzone Latino ITA Vincenzo ONORATO 7 20 13 15 3 1 6 8 0
8 Emotional Hooligan 615 Marcus BLACKMORE 13 4 7 10 21 9 7 10 0
9 Morning Glory GER Hasso PLATTNER 15 13 12 11 4 6 8 17 0
10 Kokomo 8883 Lang WALKER 2 9 5 23 23 12 11 3 0
Rob Kothe (As Amended by ISAF)
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