July 14, 2009 - Farr 40 European Championship Press Conference

Cagliari, FARR 40 European Championship; pointing to Louis Vuitton Cup

The race course on the Gulf of the Angels off Cagliari that will be home to the FARR40 European Championship, aspires to becoming a stage of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the selection races of the challengers for the America’s Cup.

“A place like Cagliari is beyond comparison in the world for racing. There’s always wind.” explains the shipowner Vincenzo Onorato, current European and three time FARR 40 World Champion with his Mascalzone Latino team. “It’s the ideal place for the Louis Vuitton Cup 2010 and it’s also a welcoming city. 

It’s necessary a common effort to bring here this event”. For the moment, the Region has contributed with a sum of  about 350.00€ for the organization of the FARR 40 European Championship, promoted by Circolo Canottieri Ichnusa of Cagliari and Great Events’ Commission of the Industrialists Association of Southern Sardinia.

The Councillor for Tourism, Sebastiano Sannittu, intends to do his part pointing to fact that the great racing events to attract new investments and increase tourism.

The programme of the event, that will have its centre in the Molo Ichnusa of Cagliari’seaport, will start on 27th July with the registration and the measurements of the boats, a two day process.  At the moment seven boats are registered boats, but the organizers think that the number will increase.

Other than Mascalzone Latino racing on the Gulf of Angels (the B course will be in front of the seaport), will be “Hooligan VI” with Edward Broadway (Great Britain), two American boats, including current and two time World Champion Jim Richardson with “Barking Mad” and Alex Roepers’ “Plenty”, one german boat, “Struntje Light” owned by Dr. Wolfgang Schaefer, and three additional Italian crews, “Mangusta Risk” of Andrea Canavesio and  former European and World Champion “Nerone” owned by Massimo Mezzaroma. Also entering will be a second Farr 40 owned by Onorato and on loan to all sardinian crew, put together by Roberto Pardini and Nello Stinca.