Class News & Call For Nominations

The Class Association has been busy updating our mailing list, which hasn't been updated in several years. Within the past three weeks we have made contact with over 60 Farr 30 owners from around the world! If you have not received communications from us and would like to, please join our mailing list. Our first order of business is to bring you up to date on some recent actions by the World Council.

First, the Class Association dues have been reduced from $500US to $300US for 2016. Your dues pay for the upkeep of the class website, costs of recognition by ISAF, administration costs of providing and tracking sail buttons and OD certificates as well as help offset some of the costs of putting on a World Championship event each year. The class website has been updated to reflect the new dues and you will be able to make payment there.

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Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones convincingly wins sixth Farr 30 world title

ramrod sSailing mainsheet hand for American Rod Jabin (Ramrod), Australian yachtsman Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones has won his sixth Farr 30 World Championship, this time in Seattle, USA, where Ramrod dominated from the outset.

Born in Tasmania where he is still a member of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Jones, who now lives in South Australia, has proven to be a talisman for a variety of owners when it comes to winning Farr 30 world titles. His first was with Richard Perini (AUS) in 2004, then came Guy Stening (AUS) 2008, and Deneen Demourkas (USA) in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Speaking from the USA, Jones said: “The Farr 30, in my mind, is still one of the best one-design keel boats ever designed, and is now going on 20 years old. To be able to win six world championships in this class is amazing. I feel very lucky.” 

Ramrod was declared the winner of the Corinthian Yacht Club hosted event after three days of almost perfect conditions on Puget Sound came to an abrupt end on the fourth and final day of the Championship when breeze failed to materialize on course area.

“Winds were mainly around the 10-12 knot range, but we had one 8 knots and another in 16,” said Jones, an in-demand mainsheet hand on the international circuit, particularly in one-design classes, in which he specialises.

Ramrod’s crew opened their account with a win, leading Race 1 from start to end. From a total of nine races, they won six, to take the title from an international high-calibre entry of 14 boats.

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Farr 30 European Circuit 2015

Dear Farr 30 friends,

The class is evolving and 2015 it is time to once again introduce a European circuit. This is a direct result of the German fleet getting bigger and together with the strong Swedish fleet join forces to compete on European level! Follow the following link or click the image below: Farr 30 European circuit

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Interview with David Chapman - Topas tactician

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - August 30, 2014 - While the boats were packing up, we managed to get this interview with David Chapman (DC), tactician on the new World Champion, Topas.

- David, congratulations on the title! Although Topas is almost always up there fighting, I think we saw a new Topas this event with very good speed and consistency almost at all times. What put you in the winning lane?

DC: "Well, after the 2013 Worlds in Newport, the team were a little disappointed with 6th, many times we had good position but our speed was not great, I got a phone call from Harald while I was in Sydney for my summer in March. He asked me if I would join the team again for the 3rd time. I said to Harald that he could be World Champion if he lets me make some position changes on the boat! Harald was very excited about this idea and so I made some plans to win the 2014 Worlds...

Step 1 - Improve upwind speed, Sea Biscuit was the fastest boat at the Newport Worlds so I stole Dave Scott & he agreed to join us.
Step 2 - Light jib not L/M
Step 3 - Hike Harder!

Going into the regatta, I was concerned with Martin at Matrisen & Happy Yachting with Orca and Triple P as dark horses... I think Martin was very nervous and he had trouble the whole regatta with starting, this allowed us to start ahead of him & he very rarely got past. With all credit to Martin & his crew they never gave up & pushed us all the way!

To my team - I think we hiked the hardest and left everything on the race course! I was very sick during the regatta, which meant I wasn't much fun to sail with but the boys trusted me and it all worked very well. I am extremely proud!

Lastly - it was great to sail with Harald who has given so much to the class! He loves this class so much! His goal was top 3 and now he is World Champion! I told the team at the start of the year that it's the Germans' year. Football of course lastly for me since I'm from Sydney, but my first overseas experience was in Copenhagen, which made this a very special regatta for me. I have been to KDY since 2004 and the Scandinavian people are just the best!"


Full results here

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