Rolex Farr 40 Worlds Day Four
Farr 40 worlds: Plenty for Plenty
Plenty (Alex Roepers, USA) won the Rolex Farr 40 world championship on Sydney’s Manly offshore course today with clever, conservative sailing for a third and a second in the last two races while his two closest opponents fell out ofcontention with early errors.
Plenty won the 11-race series, conducted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, with a total 34 points from the Australian champion Transfusion (Guido Belgiorno-Nettis) 38 and Struntje Light (Wolfgang and Angela Schaefer, Germany), 44.2.
The concluding two races were sailed in a 16-18 knot nor’-easter, that raised a short chop on a moderate seaway, over four-lap windward-return courses on the offshore Manly Circle.
Flash Gordon (Helmut and Evan Jahn, USA), which had gone into the day equal second with Transfusion, dropped out of contention at the start of race 10, when she was judged to be over the line early and took some time to thread back to re-start.
Transfusion, from a good start with speed towards the pin end of the line, led around all marks to win from Estate Master (Martin Hill), which held second place around all marks, with Plenty third.
The win moved Transfusion from four to two points behind Plenty going into the last race.
Plenty, however, with clever starting strategy, knocked Transfusion out of contention soon after the start of race 11. After manoeuvring to the leeward end of the line away from Transfusion, Plenty sailed back in the last minute to plant directly under Transfusion as the fleet took off on starboard tack.