Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship – Day 3

Published on July 26th, 2013

EDGARTOWN, MASS., MARTHA’S VINEYARD (July 26, 2013) – A third day of racing at the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship was delayed due to 30 knots of breeze at the scheduled start time of 12:30. The Race Committee rescheduled for 1:30, but when the international fleet of 11 boats journeyed to the race course on the somewhat protected Cow Bay, off Town Beach on the northeast side of Martha’s Vineyard, the seas proved too unfriendly and the sailors were instructed to return to safe harbor. Finally, after seas lessened and winds dampened down to 15-20 knots, a second try was successful, resulting in two late afternoon races.

Right off the bat, Nico Poons’ (Monaco) Charisma showed how seriously it wants this championship title, leading smartly to the top mark after what Poons called a “reasonably good start.” With clear air and control of its position, the team maintained its lead over the remaining three legs of the six-mile course. “In the second race, we were also first at the top mark but couldn’t hold the position,” said Poons, who wound up fourth in that. “We were second boat of the day as far as overall performance (Alberto Rossi’s Italian entry Enfant Terrible being first), but otherwise it was not a bad day today at all.”

Charisma now leads Jim Richardson’s (Boston, Mass.) Barking Mad (in second overall) by ten points and Enfant Terrible (in third) by 15. Barking Mad started prematurely in the first race but regrouped nicely to restart and eventually finish fifth. Then the team followed up with a second place in race two, overtaking Charisma on the way down to the first gate but succumbing to Enfant Terrible after that team rounded the opposite gate and legged out five boat lengths on them to win.

Enfant’s main trimmer Giovanni Cassinari (Lake Garda, Italy) said his team was fifth at the top mark in the second race but played the shifts and pressure well to close the gap on the top boats by the first gate. Only Enfant and one other boat rounded the port gate to play the right side of the course. “We stayed on the right and there was a right shift, while Barking Mad played hard to the left extreme. When we crossed (on the second upwind leg) we were ahead, in first, and we stretched our lead on the last downind leg to the finish.”

Cassinari added that his team was happy with both its finishes today. (It posted a third in race one.) “The races were both quite shifty, in the rain, with the puffs always coming,” he said. “We didn’t have good starts but managed to sail well on the first beats, so we were always close to the top boats.” He gave credit to tactician Vasco Vascotto for excellent calls and thanked the boat’s owner/driver Alberto Rossi for allowing the boat to compete without him. (Enfant was steered by the team’s pit man Roberto Strappiti, a class-approved driver for this event in Rossi’s absence for medical reasons.)

“We tried to sail our own race as best as possible, but we are tied on points with Barking Mad for the U.S. Circuit, so obviously we are watching them and trying to put as many boats as possible between us,” said Cassinari. They have a bit of advantage on us, but tomorrow we hope to play out three races. It’s not finished yet.”

Tomorrow’s race schedule has been moved up to 10:00, with the intention that three races will be held. The Rolex Awards Party, where the Rolex North American Champion will be crowned and awarded a coveted Rolex Submariner timepiece, will follow racing at Edgartown Yacht Club, co-host for the event with the Farr 40 class.

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About Rolex
Leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, Rolex, headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its OYSTER watches, all certified as chronometers for their precision, are symbols of excellence, performance and prestige. Pioneer in the development of the wristwatch as early as 1905, the brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the OYSTER, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the PERPETUAL rotor self-winding mechanism introduced in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic and patronage programs.

(Full Results Follow)

Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship
July 24-27, 2013
Day Three

1. Charisma, Nico Poons , Monaco, MON – 2, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 4, ; 13
2. Barking Mad, James Richardson , Boston, MA, USA – 7, 2, 3, 1, 3, 5, 2, ; 23
3. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi , Ancona, ITA – 5, 5, 4, 6, 4, 3, 1, ; 28
4. Groovederci, John Demourkas , Santa Barbara, CA, USA – 3, 6, 5, 4, 8/ZFP, 6, 3, ; 35
5. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil , Annapolis, MD, USA – 4, 3, 8, 7, 8, 2, 5, ; 37
6. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer , Lueneburg, GER – 1, 8, 2, 10, 7, 4, 7, ; 39
7. PLENTY, Alexander Roepers , New York, NY, USA – 6, 4, 7, 3, 9, 8, 6, ; 43
8. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn , Chicago, IL, USA – 9, 12/DSQ, 10, 5, 1, 9, 9, ; 55
9. Flojito y Cooperando, Bernardo Minkow / Julian Fernandez , Mexico, Distrito Federal, MEX – 12/DNF, 9, 9, 9, 5, 7, 8, ; 59
10. Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer , Istanbul, N/A, TUR – 8, 7, 6, 8, 10, 10, 10, ; 59
11. Oakcliff Farr 40, Oakcliff Sailing , Oyster Bay, NY, USA – 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12/DNC, 12/DNC, ; 77

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