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10 June 2003, 05:05 pm
Three weeks to the strongest Rolex Farr 40 Worlds ever
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship
Porto Cervo, Sardinia

To be sailed on the waters off Porto Cervo, Sardinia over four days 2-5 July, the event will be sailed on some of the most testing waters in the world, crews can expect both light and strong winds, hot competition - all set to a breathtaking backdrop.
Twelve countries, France, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Norway, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia sailing the most internationally representative large keelboat class in the world today, will race for an ISAF endorsed World Championship title. 36 boats, the largest ever assembly of the class in Europe, will race a ten race series where all races count. The winner, as ever, will be the most consistent performer after a gruelling set of sprint races.

The Farr 40 Class is a special class because of its owner-driver rules that also require amateur status for all but four of the crew. This One Design class, first launched in the late1990s, is a modern boat requiring all the techniques of state of the art racing without the worry of constant development and obsolescence. With over 130 boats built to date strict rules limit everything on the boat to a modern one design standard making sure that the power of the sailing team is the only reason for success.

In the days before racing gets underway in Sardinia the fleet will be put through rigorous safety controls and test measurements. The number and size of sails as well as the total crew weight are all strictly controlled. Random spot checks will also be made after each race day to ensure rules compliance throughout the event.

Many of the fleet's owners are past players of other professional programmes that have found Farr 40 One Design racing, where they helm the boats themselves, much more satisfying than leaving the fun in the hands of a hired hero. Many younger owners are finding that their sailing skills can still be put to the test at the highest levels without them having to dedicate their whole lives to a top notch programme. Most of the fleet do however retain the services of the top professionals in the field to fill the roles of tacticians and sail trimmers.

The Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, held alternately on either side of the Atlantic each year, will be the culmination of a busy programme of racing in European waters this year.

The defending World Champion along with the 2001World Champion will be present both trying to make it two wins in this, one of the trickiest events to win. The 2001 Champion Ernesto BERTARELLI (SUI), fresh from winning the America's Cup, will be joined by some elements of his Alinghi Team crew, back sailing together again for the first time since their all-dominant Cup performance in Auckland.

Ten short races are scheduled for the four-day regatta. The 8-mile two-lap windward-leeward race course will include a spreader mark at the top of the course and a leeward gate at the bottom to keep the action close. Each race will normally take one hour. The evenings will also be full with a busy social programme for owners, crews and guests in this exciting Sardinian port.
Marcus Hutchinson (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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