Rolex Farr 40 World Championship

Plenty Wins The 20th Rolex Farr 40 World Championship In Costa Smeralda

Farr 40 WorldsEnfant Terrible and Flash Gordon are also on the podium. Pazza Idea wins the Corinthian Class

Porto Cervo, Italy: Plenty, owned by Alex Roepers with tactician Terry Hutchinson, the defending champions at the start of the event, are World Champions for the third time in the Farr 40 One Design Class. Theirs is the top spot on the podium at the 20th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship organised in Porto Cervo by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the support of Title Sponsor Rolex and the Farr 40 Class Association.

Vice-Champion for 2017 is Alberto Rossi's Enfant Terrible with tactician Vasco Vascotto, whose excellent performance today let her finish the event just three points behind Plenty. Flash Gordon (Jahn/Reeser) was also very close, so it was a fight to the finish for the title. Corinthian World Champion is Bresciani's Pazza Idea with Matteo Ivaldi tactician and Claudia Rossi at the helm. At twenty-four years old, Rossi is the youngest person to win in the Farr 40 Class.

The final day of racing at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2017 was unforgettable: excellent weather with north easterly breezes between 16 and 20 knots filling the fleet's white spinnakers against a backdrop of blue skies and the island of Caprera.

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Plenty lengthens her lead in Costa Smeralda

july15 plenty sFlash Gordon and Enfant Terrible are trailing at a fair distance; tomorrow is the final day of racing

Porto Cervo, July 15, 2017. The 20th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with Title sponsor Rolex and the Farr 40 Class Association, saw four races run today in north westerly breezes that built gradually from 6 to 12 knots from 11:00 AM when racing started to the late afternoon of a long day.

Today, Quantum Sails Race Day, saw hard fought racing in a tightly packed fleet as so often happens in the Farr 40 One Design fleet. There were several changes in the top positions in the four races run today with almost all of the top placed teams having a day of mixed results. 

Zen (Ketelbey/Chapman), Flash Gordon (Jahn/Reeser) and Plenty (Roepers/Hutchinson) all placed first at least once today, but at the end of the day it was Plenty, with two first and two second place finishes, that moved to the front of the provisional results with a comfortable distance over the second and third placed teams.

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Plenty emerges from the Mistral

Photo by Rolex / Kurt ArrigoSecond and third place finishes for the Italian teams aboard Enfant Terrible and Pazza Idea

Porto Cervo, July 14, 2017. Being patient paid off at the end of the second day at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with Title sponsor Rolex and the Farr 40 Class Association, but it was a long day of waiting, both on the part of the teams and on the part of the Race Committee, for the strong Mistral breezes to die down. 

The Race Committee kept a close eye on the situation in the hopes of getting a race in. Finally at 5:00 PM, in the warm light of the late afternoon, the Farr 40 fleet headed out of port. The winds were at about 23 knots but built during the race making the competition a real thrill both for the teams participating and for the spectators watching the Farr 40s planing downwind at up to 20 knots.

The American team aboard Plenty (Roepers/Hutchinson), the defending world champions, were the day's pick to win, but all the teams, even the Corinthians, were out there to do their best. Plenty and the Turkish team aboard Asterisk (Gencer/Rogers) got good starts at the centre, while Flash Gordon (Jahn/Reeser) and Enfant Terrible (Rossi/Vascotto) started well on the pin. The Turkish team got a penalty for crossing Enfant on port tack while Flash was in the lead at the top mark.

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