Rolex Farr 40 World Championship: Plenty emerges from the Mistral
Second and third place finishes for the Italian teams aboard Enfant Terrible and Pazza Idea
Porto Cervo, July 14, 2017. Being patient paid off at the end of the second day at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with Title sponsor Rolex and the Farr 40 Class Association, but it was a long day of waiting, both on the part of the teams and on the part of the Race Committee, for the strong Mistral breezes to die down.
The Race Committee kept a close eye on the situation in the hopes of getting a race in. Finally at 5:00 PM, in the warm light of the late afternoon, the Farr 40 fleet headed out of port. The winds were at about 23 knots but built during the race making the competition a real thrill both for the teams participating and for the spectators watching the Farr 40s planing downwind at up to 20 knots.
The American team aboard Plenty (Roepers/Hutchinson), the defending world champions, were the day's pick to win, but all the teams, even the Corinthians, were out there to do their best. Plenty and the Turkish team aboard Asterisk (Gencer/Rogers) got good starts at the centre, while Flash Gordon (Jahn/Reeser) and Enfant Terrible (Rossi/Vascotto) started well on the pin. The Turkish team got a penalty for crossing Enfant on port tack while Flash was in the lead at the top mark.
As often happens in conditions with gusts at up to thirty knots , trouble was in the making on the downwind leg. The Australian team aboard Zen (Ketelbey/Chapman) broached and slipped back. Flash Gordon had problems with their spinnaker and Pazza Idea (Rossi/Ivaldi) took advantage. This team got a slow start, but sailed well. On the second upwind leg Asterisk burst their mainsail and withdrew. Plenty took the lead followed by Enfant Terrible and Pazza Idea, the top-placed Corinthian team. Flash Gordon finished fourth and fifth was MP30+10 (Pierdomenico/Regolo) who sailed well.