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  Rolex Farr 40 NA's - Richardson's Barking Mad Takes its First North American Title  
 


ROLEX Farr 40 NA's based at Newport Shipyard

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 7, 2012) – Over four days of racing at the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship, held off Newport, R.I. from Wednesday, July 4 through Saturday, July 7, it was anyone's guess as to who would win, since leading up to Saturday's final two races there had been seven different race winners over the previous eight races and each day had yielded a different overall leader.  The event, headquartered at the Newport Shipyard and sailed on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound, hosted 11 teams that kept the bets going through to the last day, when Jim Richardson's (Newport, R.I.) Barking Mad finally settled everything by clinching the championship after the day's first of two races and finishing with an overall lead of six points.

Rolex Farr 40 North American Champions Barking Mad
Photo Credit Daniel Forster

"It's great to win a continental championship," said Richardson, who is a three-time Farr 40 World Champion (1998, 2004, 2009) and counts this as his first North American championship in the class. "It has only taken me 15 years," he added with a smile at Saturday's Rolex Awards Ceremony where he was presented with a Rolex Submariner timepiece for his team's performance. "Today was a great day, and we got off to a great start in Race 9 and were able to finish second, which helped us to sew up our position for the event."

Crewing for Richardson were Eric Aakhus (Newport Beach, Calif.); Dave Armitage (Newport, R.I.); Lindsay Bartel (Chicago, Ill.); Skip Baxter (Annapolis, Md.); David Chapman (Sydney Aus/Cowes UK); Zac Hurst, Zac (Valencia Spain); Martin Kullman (St. Petersburg, Fla.); Linda Lindquist-Bishop (Leland, Mich./Seoul Korea); and Matt Mcdonough (Jackson Hole, Wyoming).

In Race 10, with Richardson holding an unassailable 13-point lead, a dogfight broke out among three teams separated by only one point from each other. Fates weren't sealed until the last leg, however, when the wind lightened, allowing an escape for Alberto Rossi's (Ancona, Italy) Enfant Terrible to pass Alexander Roepers' Plenty and cross the finish line in first. It put Enfant Terrible in second overall with 45 points, just two-points ahead of Struntje light, skippered by Wolfgang Schaefer (Germany), which finished in third-place overall with a fourth-place finish. Plenty had to settle for fourth overall with a fifth-place finish and 50 points, while Richardson, who cruised to ninth in that race, posted 39 points in the final standings.

Enfant Terrible took second-place overall
Photo Credit Daniel Forster

"We won only two races in the regatta, but we have been really consistent," said Enfant Terrible's Rossi, who held onto second-place overall throughout the entire series. "Unfortunately, in the first race today we made a mistake when we had the opportunity to fight for the first position, but the best thing for me is that in the last race we showed that we could fight until the end."

In addition to Barking Mad, Enfant Terrible and Struntje light, other first-place finishers throughout the week were Onur Erardag's (Istanbul, Turkey) Provezza 8, John Demourkas's (San Diego, Calif.) Groovederci, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis's (Sydney, Australia) Transfusion and Kevin McNeil's (Annapolis, Md.) Nightshift.   

"This was actually quite an unusual regatta because normally it's so close going right down to the last race," said Race Chair and Class Manager Geoff Stagg.  "The fleet was mixing it up on day one, day two, and day three, but then Barking Mad secured a lead where they really didn't have to sail the last race.  Overall, it was a fantastic event.  The weather couldn't have been better: we got ten races in, everyone loved Newport, and as a consequence, there is a high probability we'll be back here for our world championship next year." 

Stagg explained that this year's Rolex Farr 40 World Championship is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 in Chicago, which accounts for why so many foreign teams entered the North Americans in Newport.   "You are going to see many of the same boats that you saw here contesting for the world championship plus a few more," said Stagg.  "What I get the most pleasure from is watching how good these owner/drivers are; I'd put them up against any of the pro sailors in the world."

 In addition to Rolex as title sponsor, supporting sponsors were Apollo Jets and Newport Shipyard. Vanquish Boats and PURE Yachting provided logistical assistance. The Organizing Authority was the Farr 40 Class Association in conjunction with The Storm Trysail Club.  

(Results Follow for the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship)
July 4-7, 2012 (11 Boats)

Final Results

Place, Yacht Name, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points
1. Barking Mad, James Richardson , Boston, Mass., USA, 3, 3, 10, 2, 3, 3, 3, 1, 2, 9, ; 39
2. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi , Ancona, ITA , 4, 6, 2, 6, 1, 5, 6, 7, 7, 1, ; 45"
3. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer , Lueneburg, GER, 2, 4, 8, 1, 2, 10, 10, 5, 1, 4, ; 47
4. Plenty, Alexander Roepers , New York, N.Y., USA, 7, 7, 5, 4, 10, 2, 4, 2, 4, 5, ; 50
5. Provezza 8, Ergin Imre / Onur Erardag , Istanbul, TUR, 10, 1, 7, 8, 4, 7, 1, 8, 3, 8, ; 57
6. Groovederci, John Demourkas , Santa Barbara, Calif., USA, 6, 5, 3, 7, 7, 1, 9, 11, 8, 2, ; 59
7. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis , Sydney, NSW, AUS, 9, 10, 1, 3, 5, 9, 8, 3, 6, 7, ; 61
8. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil , Annapolis, Md., USA, 1, 8, 6, 10, 9, 4, 2, 4, 10, 10, ; 64
9. Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer , Istanbul, TUR, 8, 9, 9, 5, 8, 6, 5, 6, 5, 3, ; 64
10. Charisma, Nico Poons , Monaco, MON, 5, 2, 4, 9, 6, 11, 7, 9, 9, 6, ; 68
11. Yellow Jacket, Bulman Scholz Syndicate , Annapolis, Md, USA, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 8, 11, 10, 11, 11, ; 106

In addition to Rolex as title sponsor, supporting sponsors are Apollo Jets and Newport Shipyard. Vanquish Boats and PURE Yachting will provide logistical assistance.

Daily race reports and photos will be available online at www.farr40.org, along with video coverage provided by T2P. Or follow the event via Twitter or on Facebook.

 

 
  Rolex Farr 40 NA's - Day Three Shuffles the Score  
 


ROLEX Farr 40 NA's based at Newport Shipyard

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 6, 2012) –Day Three of the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship showed the sailors competing on 11 teams some classic Newport conditions on Rhode Island Sound.  A warm southerly seabreeze settled in for the afternoon after race officials had to postpone ashore in the morning, and once again, a new leader had emerged by the end of the day.  Jim Richardson (Newport, R.I.) aboard Barking Mad posted finish positions of 3-3-1 in Races 6, 7 and 8 to establish a nine-point lead over his closest competitor, Alberto Rossi aboard the Italian entry Enfant Terrible.

"Today really elevated us in the standings," said Richardson "The boat was going really well and the crew work was great, but we're always working on it; it is a work in progress." Richardson's victory in today's last race was his first of the regatta, which started on July 4. "In the final race, right before the start there were a lot of boats that were a lot farther ahead of us, going for the line, but the guys on our team  kept saying 'don't go, don't go.' After the gun, the race committee started calling boats back, and all of the sudden we had a great start!"

Stepping up its game as well was Plenty, skippered by Alex Roeper (New York, N.Y.), which moved up from eighth to third overall. The team started off the day with a second-place finish in Race 6, right behind Groovederci, skippered by John Demourkas (Santa Barbara, Calif.). "It was an incredible day and we got in the groove with the team," said Roeper, who took a year's hiatus and is getting back into the swing of things with grace. "Today the weather was more consistent and stayed between 11 and 14 knots. We hope that tomorrow we can do the same thing we did today."

Provezza 8, skippered by Onur Erardag
Photo Credit Daniel Forster

By Race 7, the wind had filled in and Provezza 8, skippered by Onur Erardag (Istanbul, Turkey), crossed the finish line in first place, making it the first team to have two bullets in its score line. "It was a nice feeling, but every regatta we are getting better," said Erardag, who currently stands in sixth overall. "The target is getting ready for the World Championship; the difference is very little between the first boat and the last one on the racecourse."
 
Following behind Provezza 8 was Nightshift, skippered by Kevin McNeil (Annapolis, Md.), which has been consistently climbing in the rankings each day and now holds on to fifth overall. "We were third for the day and that was our best consistent day," said McNeil. "It was a very good day, and we are all happy."

Plenty, skippered by Alex Roeper
Photo Credit Daniel Forster


In addition to Rolex as title sponsor, supporting sponsors are Apollo Jets and Newport Shipyard. Vanquish Boats and PURE Yachting are providing logistical assistance.

Daily race reports and photos are available on www.farr40.org along with video coverage provided by T2P.tv.

Follow the event LIVE via Twitter and Facebook

View Day 3 Video Footage at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDiv7fg0uVE 

(Day 3 Results Follow)

Barking Mad, James Richardson, Boston, Mass., 3-3-10-2-3-3-3-1 (28)
Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, Anacona, Italy, 4-6-2-6-1-5-6-7 (37)
Plenty, Alexander Roepers, New York, N.Y., 7-7-5-4-10-2-4-2 (41)
Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, Germany, 2-4-8-1-2-10-10-5 (42)
Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, Md., 1-8-6-10-9-4-2-4 (44)
Provezza 8, Ergin Imre/Onur Erardag, Istanbul, Turkey, 10-1-7-8-4-7-1-8 (46)
Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, Sydney, Australia, 9-10-1-3-5-9-8-3 (48)
Groovederci, John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, Calif., 6-5-3-7-7-1-9-11 (49)
Charisma, Nico Poons, Monaco, 5-2-4-9-6-11-7-9 (53)
Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, Istanbul, Turkey, 8-9-9-5-8-6-5-6 (56)
Yellow Jacket, Bulman Scholz Syndicate, Annapolis, Md., 11-11-11-11-11-8-11-10 (84)

In addition to Rolex as title sponsor, supporting sponsors are Apollo Jets and Newport Shipyard. Vanquish Boats and PURE Yachting will provide logistical assistance.

Daily race reports and photos will be available online at www.farr40.org, along with video coverage provided by T2P. Or follow the event via Twitter or on Facebook.

 

 
  Rolex Farr 40 NAs Day Two: Mixing it Up  
 


ROLEX Farr 40 NA's based at Newport Shipyard

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 4, 2012) – The Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship in Newport saw some lighter breezes and stronger currents for Day Two of racing, which was held on Narragansett Bay, north of the Pell Bridge. The fleet of 11 teams sailed Races 4 and 5 of the series, and each of those yielded a new winner, just as yesterday's three races had done

The day started out with 9 knots of breeze, and the fleet was taken by surprise in Race 4 when Struntje light, skippered by Germany's Wolfgang Schaefer, came from behind on the last downwind leg to finish first. "We had an unlucky start, so we had to let the fleet pass us, but fortunately we had a good recovery," said Schaefer, who followed up his performance with a second in Race 5, resulting in his team taking the overall lead and the Daily Winner's Trophy. 

Schaefer added that his team, which includes his wife Angela as navigator,  was able to climb in the standings due to smart tactical choices both upwind and downwind. "A strong crew becomes stronger when they are in a bad position but are able to recover; you learn from those mistakes and get better," said Schaefer. "Racing in this class is really challenging, because all of the guys are good."

Struntje light skippered by Wolfgang Schaefer
(photo credit Daniel Forster)

On Struntje light's tail in Race 4 was Barking Mad, skippered by Jim Richardson (Newport, R.I.), which held the top position until the final leg of the race. "We got out to the right-hand side of the course, picked up a little pressure along with a right-hand shift and got around the top mark in first," said Richardson.  "We did pretty well on the run, and by the second top mark we were pretty well ahead, but when we came around the top mark we gybed, and next thing we knew the breeze had filled in from behind and the fleet had compressed." That was when Struntje light passed Barking Mad, leaving Richardson with a second place but nevertheless moving the Barking Mad team up from sixth overall yesterday to third today.

By the start of Race 5, the breeze had lightened to about six knots, and when the fleet rounded the first upwind mark, Enfant Terrible, skippered by Alberto Rossi, had a decent lead, which the team held onto until crossing the finish line. "In the second race of the day we didn't make any mistakes, and the results confirm it," said Rossi whose victory keeps him in a comfortable second-place overall. 

 Rossi added that the most difficult part of today's racing was navigating the strong currents coming off the land and anticipating the wind direction, which jumped around a little throughout the day. "We were ready and hoped for a third race, but unfortunately the sea breeze didn't set in."

Farr 40 Class
(photo credit Daniel Forster)

Tonight, during the Rolex crew party, sailors enjoyed the sunset and socializing from the rolling back lawn of the New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court.

In addition to Rolex as title sponsor, supporting sponsors are Apollo Jets and Newport Shipyard. Vanquish Boats and PURE Yachting are providing logistical assistance.    Daily race reports and photos are available on this website, along with video coverage provided by T2P.

View Day 1 Video Footage at http://youtu.be/p8Brz01bcvg   

Follow the event LIVE via Twitter and Facebook

(Day 2 Results Follow)

Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, Germany, 2-4-8-1-2 (17)
Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, Anacona, Italy, 4-6-2-6-1 (19)
Barking Mad, James Richardson, Boston, Mass., 3-3-10-2-3 (21)
Charisma, Nico Poons, Monaco, 5-2-4-9-6 (26)
Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, Sydney, Australia, 9-10-1-3-5 (28)
Groovederci, John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, Calif., 6-5-3-7-7(28)
Provezza 8, Ergin Imre/Onur Erardag, Istanbul, Turkey, 10-1-7-8-4 (30)
Plenty, Alexander Roepers, New York, N.Y., 7-7-5-4-10 (33)
Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, Md., 1-8-6-10-9 (34)
Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, Istanbul, Turkey, 8-9-9-5-8 (39)
Yellow Jacket, Bulman Scholz Syndicate, Annapolis, Md., 11-11-11-11-11 (55)

In addition to Rolex as title sponsor, supporting sponsors are Apollo Jets and Newport Shipyard. Vanquish Boats and PURE Yachting will provide logistical assistance.

Daily race reports and photos will be available online at www.farr40.org, along with video coverage provided by T2P. Or follow the event via Twitter or on Facebook.

 

 
  Rolex Farr 40 NA's - First-Day Fireworks: Charisma Leads  
 


ROLEX Farr 40 NA's based at Newport Shipyard

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 4, 2012) – Day One of the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship in Newport, R.I. started off wet with storms predicted to loom in the forecast, but by the time the first of the fleet’s 11 teams began crossing the finish line in Race 1, the sun had burned off the clouds, and the wind had built to a consistent 12-14 knots. Like a deck of cards, the fleet was shuffled into different positions throughout the day, resulting in a different winner for each of the three races; however, none of those had made it into the top-four positions after cumulative results were tallied.

Charisma’s skipper Nico Poons (Monaco) enjoyed his first time racing in Newport by topping the scoreboard with a 5-2-4 , putting his team one point ahead of runner-up Enfant Terrible, skippered by Rossi Alberto (Italy), and three places above third place Struntje Light, skippered by Wolfgang Schaefer (Germany).

“The competition was tough like it always is in this class,” said Poons, who is enjoying his third season sailing in the Farr 40 Class and has competed in the last three events in the class’s 2012 US Circuit Championship. Poons’ current team includes tactician John Cutler and crew Joost Aapkes, Jason Currie, Gilbert Figaroa, Ivan Peute, Matt Reynolds, Dimitri Simons, Susan Toth and Rens van Arkel. “We had a nice day, and though we didn’t have a race that we won, we had consistent results. Newport is a nice place and there is a reason it is so popular for sailing here.”

Tonight sailors are enjoying Newport’s Fourth of July fireworks from the Apollo Jets Race Party at the Newport Shipyard, where the event is headquartered. The Organizing Authority is the Farr 40 Class Association in conjunction with The Storm Trysail Club.

View Day 1 Video Footage at www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLR3hpsxUHs
Follow the event LIVE via Twitter and Facebook

(Day 1 Results)

Charisma, Nico Poons, Monaco, 5-2-4 (11)
Enfant Terrible, Rossi Alberto, Anacona, Italy, 4-6-2 (12)
Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, Germany, 2-4-8 (14)
Groovederci, John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, Calif., 6-5-3 (14)
Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, Md., 1-8-6 (15)
Barking Mad, James Richardson, Boston, Mass., 3-3-10 (16)
Provezza 8, Ergin Imre/Onur Erardag, Istanbul, Turkey, 10-1-7 (18)
Plenty, Alexander Roepers, New York, N.Y., 7-7-5 (19)
Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, Sydney, Australia, 9-10-1 (20)
Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, Istanbul, Turkey, 8-9-9 (26)
Yellow Jacket, Bulman Scholz Syndicate, Annapolis, Md., 11-11-11 (33)

In addition to Rolex as title sponsor, supporting sponsors are Apollo Jets and Newport Shipyard. Vanquish Boats and PURE Yachting will provide logistical assistance.

Daily race reports and photos will be available online at www.farr40.org, along with video coverage provided by T2P. Or follow the event via Twitter or on Facebook.

 
  Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship - Sparks to Fly as Farr 40s return to Newport  
 


ROLEX Farr 40 NA's based at Newport Shipyard

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 1, 2012) – The Fourth of July fireworks in Newport, Rhode Island, won’t be only of the pyrotechnic variety when the Farr 40 class contests its 2012 Rolex North American Championship from July 4-7 in the City by the Sea. The fourth event in the class’s 2012 US Circuit Championship, and the first time the Farr 40s have raced on the storied waters of Narragansett Bay since the 2006 world championship, has drawn an international fleet of 12 teams all anxious to claim this title in one of the most famous sailing venues in the world.

Going into the North Americans with the overall lead of the circuit standings is Newport resident Jim Richardson who won Quantum Key West Race Week in January, and followed with second-place finishes in Miami and Annapolis. While Richardson, the owner/driver of Barking Mad, is a three-time Rolex Farr 40 World Champion (1998, 2004, 2009), the North American championship crown is one he has yet to claim.

“I’m excited to be sailing back in Newport, it’s been a long time since we’ve raced in our home waters,” said Richardson. “Hopefully we can sail well and it would be nice to win this championship. I’ve sailed against all of these competitors before and there are a lot of good boats so the racing will be tough. We are also getting back some people that we haven’t raced with in a while, which will mix it up a bit.”

After a year hiatus, Alex Roepers (New York, N.Y.) is back racing on Plenty and joins the international fleet that includes two teams from Turkey who are racing the Farr 40 U.S. circuit for the first time, as well as class luminaries who hope to beat Richardson on his home turf including Groovederci skipper John Demourkas (Santa Barbara, Calif.), winner of the Farr 40 East Coast Championship in May, and Alberto Rossi (Ancona, Italy), who sailed his Farr 40 Enfant Terrible to win the 2011 International Sailing Federation Offshore World Championship. Two-time Australian Farr 40 Class Champion Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, also the class’ current world champion, will be racing in Newport for the first time on Transfusion.

Race headquarters will be at Newport Shipyard, where the on-the-water competition will be complimented by the Apollo Jets Race Party on July 4, the Newport Shipyard Post-Race Party on July 6, and the Rolex awards party at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, July 7. New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court will be the setting for a crew party on July 5.

In addition to Rolex as title sponsor, supporting sponsors are Apollo Jets and Newport Shipyard. Vanquish Boats and PURE Yachting will provide logistical assistance.

Daily race reports and photos will be available online at www.farr40.org, along with video coverage provided by T2P. Or follow the event via Twitter or on Facebook.

 
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