Skipper Alberto Rossi steers the Italian entry Enfant Terrible to one-point victory over Flash Gordon 6 at the Farr 40 West Coast Championship

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Santa Barbara, Calif. (July 18, 2014) - Skipper Alberto Rossi and his team aboard Enfant Terrible sure know how to close out a tight regatta. Holding a narrow one-point lead going into the final day of the Farr 40 West Coast Championship, the Italians went out and won the opening race then survived a match race duel with chief challenger Flash Gordon 6 during the second race to secure the overall victory.

Enfant Terrible wound up winning four of 11 races over four spectacular days of racing to capture the West Coast Championship with a low score of 44 points, one better than skipper Helmut Jahn and his crew on Flash Gordon 6. Voodoo Chile, a Corinthian entry owned by Lloyd Clark of Tasmania, put forth an impressive performance for a team with just two professionals to take third with 48 points.

"It was a tough day and we had to fight very hard to hold our lead, which makes this victory even more satisfying. We are really thrilled, really excited to win this regatta," Rossi said. "Flash Gordon was very fast and very well sailed so to beat them is quite an accomplishment."

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Farr 40 West Coast Championship goes down to the wire

july18 voodoo sEnfant Terrible holds one-point lead over Flash Gordon 6 entering final day of action

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Santa Barbara, Calif. (July 18, 2014) - A clear indication of close, competitive yacht racing comes when there are large numbers of boats converging at the rounding marks. That happened in dramatic fashion during the first race of the third day at the Farr 40 West Coast Championship, being hosted by Santa Barbara Yacht Club.

Almost the entire 15-boat fleet arrived at the first windward mark simultaneously and the result was that there was nowhere to go. There were whistles, several boats doing penalty turns and a total of 10 protest flags flying by the time it was all over.

"It was a real mess," said Flash Gordon 6 skipper Helmut Jahn, whose desperate pleas for room at the mark went unheeded.

Four of the boats that clearly fouled exonerated themselves immediately by performing 360 degree turns. However, other boats continued on downwind and were subsequently the target of formal protests.

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Groovederci is Boat of the Day at West Coast Championship

july17 groovederci sEnfant Terrible wins two races to move into first place tie with Flash Gordon 6 after second day

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Santa Barbara, California, USA: Santa Barbara delivered Chamber of Commerce conditions for the second day of the Farr 40 West Coast Championship - bright sunshine, clear skies, 75 degree temperatures and solid winds.

A southwesterly breeze that built to 15 knots enabled principal race officer Peter Reggio to complete three races for the second straight day and the sailors arrived back at the dock tired and satisfied.

"What an absolutely spectacular day on the water," Farr 40 class manager Geoff Stagg said. "There was not a cloud in the sky and the mountains made for a beautiful backdrop. You could not ask for more perfect conditions and the result was some really great racing."

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