Rolex Middle Sea Race
19 Oct 14
With an impressive fleet of 122 yachts starting the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Mediterranean classic has shattered its previous best entry for the third year in a row.
|Nation||United States of America|
|Date of Birth||5 August 1964|
|Place of Birth||Van Nuys, California, USA|
|Class sailed||Farr 30|
|Website||www.groovederci.com/||@Groovederci||Click here for a photo gallery|
Deneen Demourkas is a Farr 30 sailor through and through. As well as looking after the day-to-day running of the Class as President she is a force to be reckoned with on the race course. In a class dominated by men Demourkas is a talented helmswoman. At the 2013 Farr 30 Worlds in Rhode Island, USA she steered Groovederci to victory and in a nail-biting final race became the first triple Farr 30 World Champion.
2013 Farr 30 World Champion - skipper of Groovederci
Third consecutive World Champion title in the Farr 30
An Andrews 70 at the age of 34
The Santa Barbara Yacht Club
Yachting Cup in San Diego, CA 2000
Being the first female helmsman in the Farr 40 Class and finishing 2nd at the 2002 Farr 40 World Championship. The Tour de France a la Voile 2004, we held the lead for seven of the ten stop cities through a month of big breeze, cold and rain. Ultimately finishing 3rd overall, this was a race I am very proud of and will never forget! The three World Championship titles I have won in the Farr 30 Class.
To continue to race in One Design classes. To have the opportunity to race an Open 60 in a double handed ocean race. To sail the Transpac. To lead a winning team in the Volvo Ocean Race.
My husband, for giving me the opportunity to compete at the highest level and for always believing in me.
The late great Mark Rudiger
I enjoy golf, snow skiing and cycling.
Being nominated for the most prestigious award in sailing is a tremendous and truly unexpected honor. To me, this nomination alone means that what I have been able to accomplish in sailing has been understood at the highest level. That is quite an acknowledgement and a tremendous compliment. This nomination, to win this award is not something I ever dreamed of, nor dreamed possible. I am a woman who fell in love with racing these magical boats, the adrenalin rush of competition and the strong camaraderie shared with my teammates and fellow competitors. To have earned their respect has been and is my biggest reward. If I were to win, I would feel very humbled to have my name amongst those of the distinguished past winners of this award.