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CapriCapri, Italy - Spectators on the Bay of Naples saw first-hand just how close Farr 40 racing tends to be during the final race of Rolex Capri Sailing Week.

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.

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Rolex CapriCAPRI, 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.

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Enfant TerribleCAPRI, ITALY -  Wolfgang Schaefer loves sailing off Capri, Italy and has the utmost respect for Rolex-sponsored regattas. In the opinion of the longtime Farr 40 owner, combining those two entities produces a can't miss event.

That sound logic is why the Farr 40 Class Association will kick off its 2017 International Circuit as part of Rolex Capri Sailing Week, one of the most prestigious events on the European calendar.

A strong fleet of six boats will do battle on the Bay of Naples from Wednesday through Saturday of this week.  Renowned principal race officer Peter "Luigi" Reggio hopes to complete 11 races over four days and expects great competition.

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Media Release: 10 March 2017

Event: Farr 40 2016/17 John Calvert-Jones National Championship March 10-12, 2017 hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron with racing offshore on Saturday and in Sydney Harbour on the Friday and Sunday

Four races into the Farr 40s’ John Calvert-Jones National Championship on Sydney Harbour and an almighty tug-of-war is on between last season’s all-conquering team and the current season frontrunner.

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Angophora and Martin Hill’s Estate Master are three points apart after the opening day in southerly winds that averaged 17 knots. Angophora posted scores of 1,1,3,1 and Estate Master 2,2,2,3.

“We have a lot of experience on the boat but we’ve only raced together at the states and we weren’t sure how it would come together,” Belgiorno-Nettis said. “Overall I think we made less mistakes and the boat seemed to be fast, thanks largely to my steadfast trimmers Bob Wilmot and Sam Williams who I’ve sailed with for 10 years now.”

A blend of schmick crew work and Julian Plante calling clever tactics for Belgiorno-Nettis has them at the pointy end, but Hill’s equally credentialed Estate Master crew and tactician David Chapman are well in touch and have the better part of the 12 race series to overturn the current order.

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