Skunked at Farr 40 World Championship

Published on July 13th, 2017

Porto Cervo, Italy (July 13, 2017) – Racing was abandoned for the first day of racing at the 20th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship as the Mistral breezes that were forecast kicked in as expected with gusts at over 30 knots.

The fleet waited in port while the Race Committee, headed by Peter “Luigi” Reggio, checked out the sea state and decided to commence starting procedures. The Farr 40 fleet headed out hoping to get at least one race under their belts today. But seeing how the Mistral kept building, Reggio called off racing for the day.

“When I went out this morning on the Committee Boat the breezes were at about 18 to 20 knots which would have been fine for racing,” reported Edoardo Recchi, Sports Director at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. “But by noon, when racing was scheduled to start, the breezes had built to 27 knots and were predicted to get even stronger. We sent the fleet back to port for safety’s sake at 1:00 PM when there were gusts at up to 32 knots. So we abandoned for the day, but are looking forward to tomorrow when conditions should be better.”

Racing should get underway tomorrow, Friday July 14, at noon in Mistral breezes that are predicted to be less than today. Racing continues daily to July 16.

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Source: Marialisa Panu/Giuliano Luzzatto

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