SAN FRANCISCO - Alex Roepers has been a Farr 40 owner for seven years and has yet to capture a world championship. The New York skipper certainly feels a lot more confident about his chances of achieving that elusive goal after his team's performance this week on San Francisco Bay.
Roepers had a hot hand on the tiller and got nearly flawless crew work in posting a wire-to-wire victory at the St. Francis Yacht Club's prestigious Rolex Big Boat Series, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
America's Cup veteran Terry Hutchinson called tactics for Roepers, who won five of eight races and finished no lower than third in the four-day regatta. In a fiercely competitive class that is famous for having its regattas come down to the last leg of the last race, Plenty pulled off a rare and remarkable feat. With an amazingly low score of 13 points, the New York entry finished 24 points ahead of runner-up Enfant Terrible, skippered by Alberto Rossi of Ancona, Italy.Read More
San Francisco - Day 3 of the Rolex Big Boat Series began on a somber note for the Farr 40 class, which paid tribute to a fallen family member prior to racing. All 15 boats in the fleet flew a black flag from the backstay and before going into sequence for Race 5 circled sailed one-by-one past Flojito y Cooperando to show support for the team and pay respect to the memory of co-owner Bernardo Minkow, who died suddenly on Thursday night.
"It was a very touching ceremony, tremendously respectful and just beautiful to watch," said Geoff Stagg, manager of the Farr 40 class. "Flojito stopped in the middle of the start line and all the boats lined up to leeward then sailed past with the entire crew on the rail with their heads bowed or their hands over their hearts."
Co-owner Julian Fernandez chose not to race on Friday out of respect for his close friend and partner. However, the entire Flojito y Cooperando crew felt the boat should race on Saturday to honor the memory of Bernardo. The Mexican entry put forth a strong performance, posting results of seventh and eighth in strong winds on Saturday.Read More
Two of the longest-tenured and most popular owners in the Farr 40 class enjoyed tremendous success on the water during the second day of the Rolex Big Boat Series and made significant moves in the standings as a result.
Santa Barbara skipper John Demourkas and his crew aboard Groovederci jumped from fourth to second in the overall standings with a pair of runner-up finishes on Friday. Meanwhile, German owner Wolfgang Schaefer rebounded from a tough opening day to win Race 3 and place third in Race 4 and make a dramatic move into fifth overall.
New York skipper Alex Roepers and his team on Plenty continued to set the pace - taking third in the first race and winning the second on Friday to extend their lead to six points. Plenty has displayed superb boat speed in post a strong score line of 2-1-3-1 for a low score of seven points, six better than Groovederci.
"We are very happy with our performance today. We seem to constantly have a slight edge in speed on the upwind legs. We have made gains every time on the beats," Roepers said.Read More