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As 17 boats are packing up to meet in Copenhagen for the Farr 30 Worlds 2014, the organizer Royal Danish Yacht Club have had an intense summer. Having just confirmed a Danish entry in the Volvo Ocean Race (Team Vestas), they will now host a week full of intense racing with the Farr 30 class. Tune-up races are planned for Sunday, August 24, while racing for the perpetual Royal Canadian Yacht Club trophy - the Farr 30 Worlds trophy - will start on Wednesday, August 27.

11 races are planned and with no throw-outs it will be important to start the regatta in a consistent way for all contenders. With three-time World Champion Groovederci not participating, we already know we will crown a new world champion in the class. But who will it be? There are a number of contenders eager to get their inscription on the trophy and a lot of sailing competence who can manage to do it. Long time class member Topas, skippered by Dr Harald Brüning, have participated in many world championships and they are always performing well. With a strong win at the Swedish National Championship in June, they must be said to be the favourite in this talented fleet. However, both Matrisen and Happy Yachting ended on the same point at the Swedish Nationals. While Happy Yachting are now Swedish champions, Matrisen was runner up at the Worlds in 2012 (Båstad, Sweden), then winning over both Topas and US top team Barking Mad. Cheyenne, skippered by Anders Helmrich, is another hot contender not far behind, finishing only two points behind and scoring bronze in the Swedish nationals.

But there are also other contestants to watch out for. Dutch Triple P won the pre-worlds in 2012 and did really well in some races. Dutch student team TU Delft sailed the Sailing Arabia Tour event in February and won three of the inport races as well as the final offshore leg. Skippered by Kay Heemskerk, one of Netherlands best young sailors, they clearly have the talent to do well in the Worlds.

This one will be difficult to guess. Like so many times before, it may very well come down to the last few races. The championship will for sure be fierce and intense - no room for errors. It will be incredibly interesting!

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Swedish Nationals Report

The most competitive class in Sweden - by Farr.

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June 6th through to June 8th, 11 Farr 30´s gathered in the beautiful village of Sandhamn, outside of Stockholm. The Royal Swedish Yacht Club hosted the event.  It was time for the 2nd ever national championship for the Farr 30 class. Current champion was team Matrisen with Olympic sailor Martin Strandberg on the helm. But recently Matrisen have been heavily challenged by not just one team but of up to three teams, so the final result was not easy to pick.  Weather offered light to moderate breeze under mostly clear sky and Scandinavian midnight sun. 8 tight races were to be held. German boat Topaz with Dr Harald Bruening participated and was a great international bench mark for the newer Swedish teams. One brand new team entered through E.stelle Medical, and boy were they up for a treat in the highly competitive fleet. First two races were held in very light and shifty conditions, making it a hard choice between A1 and S2 down wind. Mistakes were extremely costly but Civitanova managed the conditions the best and scored their first ever win in this regatta. Second race was very similar and first boat over the line was German Topas.

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