August 2010 Newsletter

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Farr 40 Class Association Newsletter
August 2010
 Corinthian entries:
Mark your calendars for a coaching session with Ray Davies, one of the world's most accomplished tacticians. 
27 Sept. at 10am
 February 23-26, Sydney, Australia

Owner Profile

Transfusion Owner Guido Belgiorno-Nettis & Tactician Tom Slingsby
Belgiono-Nettis & Slingsby
Two-time Australian Farr 40 Champion and second at the 2010 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis sets the record straight on success, crew work & racing.

Farr 40 News: As the Australian Champion for the past two seasons, perhaps you can summarize your success and thoughts on the competition?
Guido Belgiorno-Nettis:
I had to compete overseas to properly register that the Australian fleet provides a very high level of competition. Our first international regatta at Porto Cervo last year with 25 boats on the start line was an eye opener for us compared to the 6 to 8 boats we have lined up against in Australia. Yet we stayed calm and got on with our job.
We finished eighth overall - a good result considering we were looking to finish in the top 10.
I suppose a major reason for our success is that the core part of our crew has sailed together for a few years. We have been honed with a short coaching session leading up to the 2009 worlds. This really helped us get the discipline and mechanics really working on the boat. The last ingredient is a tactician who takes risks and gets us back in the pack if we goof off every now and then!

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Dear Farr 40,  

Welcome to the August edition of the Farr 40 Class newsletter. August is very busy month worldwide in the Class with strong interest in previously-owned Farr 40s, plus exciting racing in the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Europe. 
Congratulations to our Class Officers, elected during the European Championship in June at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
President Jim Richardson (USA)
Vice President/Technical Chairman Wolfgang Schaefer (GER)
Treasurer Lang Walker (AUS)
At-Large Member Vincenzo Onorato (ITA)
At-Large Member John Demourkas (USA)
At-Large Non Owner & Class ISAF Rep Philip Tolhurst (GBR)
At-Large Member HRH Prince Frederik (DEN)
With six weeks until the Europeans in Porto Rotundo, I'm happy to report 11 entries, to date, with more to come. For the Corinthian Farr 40 teams, the Class has hired Ray Davies to do a coaching session. We will also unveil a very nice new Corinthian Trophy.
Good news from the Great Lakes with Helmut Jahn and Flash Gordon winning its class at Little Traverse Yacht Club's Ugotta Regatta. As well Flash finished third in class and ninth overall in the Chicago Mac Race, in Class trim. Most exciting is the news that Flash beat the Soto 40 three out of three times, boat for boat.
On the Chesapeake Bay, Kevin McNeil in Nightshift was awarded the Zahniser Trophy for the 30th Annual Solomon's Island Race by winning the most competitive class. Well done Kevin and crew!
As always, if you know of anyone who would enjoy this newsletter, please pass it on and ask them to subscribe.  


- Geoff Stagg, Farr 40 Class

Germany Wins Audi Sardinia Cup 
photo Adriana Giangrande
Struntje Light

Porto Cervo, Italy (3rd July 2010) - Team Germany has taken victory in the Audi Sardinia Cup 2010 - ISAF Offshore Team World Championship. The event, organized biennially by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda since 1978, saw eight teams representing seven nations competing for the coveted Sardinia Challenge Trophy. Each team was composed of a Farr 40 and a Melges 32, Wolfgang Schaefer's Farr 40 Struntje Light represented Germany together with the Melges 32 Teasing Machine, owned by Jean Francois Cruette.
Schaefer commented on his team's victory: "We are proud and happy, it is an honor to take victory in the Audi Sardinia Cup for the German team since the  last time the trophy went to Germany was in 1994. We had a great team and we had a lot of fun even if today's long wait was tough on our nerves. The Sardinia Cup is always a great experience and we hope the next edition will be another success for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda." 
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Farr 40 European Circuit
Massimo Mezzaroma & Vasco VascottoVictory in the first leg of the Farr 40 European circuit has gone to Massimo Mezzaroma's Nerone (ITA) with tactician Vasco Vascotto. Racing in the event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda from 25 to 27 June, did not take place on the final day due to the lack of breeze off Porto Cervo, Sardinia. The overall classification after three races is therefore valid for the series and Mezzaroma is followed in second place by Plenty (USA), owned by Alexander Roepers, with Barking Mad (USA), owned by Farr 40 class President Jim Richardson in third. read more
photo Daniel Forster/Rolex
Nerone Wins
Claims Second Worlds Title
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds lived up to its billing as the big boat one-design championship against which all others are measured. The 2010 series was decided on the final race of the final day, raced in front of a huge spectator fleet from rubber ducks to 25 meter sport fishers. Massimo Mezzaroma's Nerone (ITA) ended the day lauded champion, for the second time (first in 2003), having fought tooth and nail in a gladiatorial arena worthy of a blockbuster film. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' Transfusion (AUS) were beaten at the last, but certainly not disgraced. The next Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be held in Sydney in February 2011. What a rematch in prospect.   Event website
photo Kurt Arrigo/Rolex
Estate Master
Estate Master
Victory at
After five races for the Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds, it was Lisa & Martin Hill's Estate Master (AUS) that finished on top, with Doug Douglass' Goombay Smash (USA), and defending Rolex Farr 40 World Champion, Jim Richardson's Barking Mad (USA) in third. The sailing conditions off the Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic lived up to expectations as the Farr 40 fleet finished up a five-race series for the Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds. Read more
Yacht Club Porto Rotondo to Host 2010 Europeans
YC Porto RotundoThe FarrĀ® 40 Class Association in conjunction with the Yacht Club Porto Rotondo announced that the 2010 Farr 40 European Championship is scheduled September 30 -October 3 on the enchanting island of Sardinia, Italy. The regatta is the final leg of the 2010 Farr 40 European Circuit and expects to attract many of the owner/driver one-design yachts including defending European and current World champion Nerone, owned by Massimo Mezzaroma.
"Over the past 14 years, the Farr 40 Class has traveled to the world's most beautiful yacht clubs, including numerous trips to Sardinia," said Class President Jim Richardson (Boston, Mass. /Newport, R.I.), owner of three-time world champion Farr 40 Barking Mad (2009 - Porto Cervo; 2004 - San Francisco; 1998 - Miami). "We are grateful for the efforts of Farr 40 European Class President Wolfgang Schaefer to bring the Class back to Porto Rotondo."
Europeans website
Farr 40 winners blown away in
Long Beach Race Week  
Dark Star"Amazing," Jeff Janov said. "It's amazing." The Dark Star skipper from California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey wasn't exactly a long shot coming into the tough Farr 40 competition in Ullman Sails Long Beach Race, hosted by the Long Beach and Alamitos Bay Yacht Clubs over the weekend of June 25-27.
But for Janov the victory over defending champion David Voss's Piranha and the rest of the grand prix gang ranks right up there with, oh, winning the Naples Sabot Junior Nationals as a 16-year-old in 1979. "That was pretty huge, too," he said. 

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