GAETA, ITALY - On the surface, it would appear that skipper Alex Roepers and the Plenty team posted a commanding victory in the Farr 40 Gaeta Open. The American boat won seven of nine races and finished with a low score of 11 points, nine better than runner-up Enfant Terrible.
Terry Hutchinson, veteran tactician aboard Plenty, cautioned to not read too much into the scores. "I would say the results are a bit misleading and the gap between Plenty and Enfant Terrible is very small," the Annapolis-based professional said. "The difference in this regatta was slightly better upwind speed supported by superb teamwork."Read More
Roepers and his top-notch team on Plenty will make their season debut in the Gaeta Open, being held June 8-10 off the coast of this ancient city. Tactician Terry Hutchinson drilled the crew for several days in advance of the regatta, which features a solid five-boat fleet that includes another past world champion in Enfant Terrible.Read More
With the westerly wind piping up to 12 knots on Saturday afternoon, leading boats Enfant Terrible and Flash Gordon 6 engaged in a thrilling downwind finish in tight quarters.
Enfant Terrible, the Italian entry led by owner-driver Alberto Rossi, held a narrow lead and was trying desperately to hold off the fast-charging Flash Gordon 6. Peter "Luigi" Reggio had a front row seat to the action from his perch on the committee boat.Read More
CAPRI, ITALY - One of the interesting storylines surrounding the Farr 40 competition at Rolex Capri Sailing Week involved Claudia Rossi. Claudia, daughter of class stalwart Alberto Rossi, was serving as guest driver of Pazza Idea at the request of owner Pierluigi Bresciani.Read More