H.E.A.T. wins Farr30 International Regatta 2016
The spectacular town of Båstad, Sweden and the Båstad Marina hosted the 2016 Farr 30 International Regatta as well as the Swedish National Championship beginning August 3rd with 4 great race days. The fleet of 12 boats was quickly divided and the title was battled out between 5 of the boats with leads that changed daily.
Dr Harald Bruening and his team on "Topas" looked like the favorite from the start and sailed a clinically clean race. However, going into the final day, there was only 1 point difference between the top teams. "Accountor" was in the lead at the end of day 3 but was forced over the line in the first race on the final day which cost them the lead. "Happy Yachting", the incumbent Swedish Champion was close behind onpoints and only boat lengths behind in most races but the most spectacular team was the young boys from Germany with the boat "H.E.A.T" that never gave up. They won the prize on Thursday's memorial race for the late Jan Hagg (the first owner of a Farr30 in Sweden) for best performance after a bad start and were second to last over the line but finished 3rd that day.
"H.E.A.T" was in third position before the last day. Winds were gusting above 30 knots in the final two races of the regatta. The top teams took a lot of beating with serious broaches yet "H.E.A.T" sailed very convincingly and won the last race with a perfectly balanced sail in wild downwind surfing. "Oman Sail", the only boat from another continent and the only boat with an all girl crew -- 3 young, talented Omani girls backed by 4 seasoned Volvo Ocean Race sailors from Team SCA -- sailed a great regatta with perfect starts in almost all races. Unfortunately, their total crew weight of only 428 kg lacked the extra ballast of nearly 100 kg in the strong winds. The 23 year old Omani girl at the helm was amazed by the strong wind and waves -- not that common in her local waters along the cost of Oman. The Swedish summer with 18 degrees (celcius) is mid-winter temperatures if you come from Oman!
Heavy swell built up by strong winds from the open sea made the last day the favorite day for all the teams. Maximum pressure and crazy sailing with spinnakers both horizontal and vertical dragging boats so that keels were visible above the water from time to time made for a wild ride. The Farr 30 is built for this and can take the load which makes it a fantastic boat. A top speed above 20 knots was measured by the media RIB struggling in the heavy seas. The final winner - "H.E.A.T" - Max Augustine and crew with an average crew age of 24 years old celebrated the victory on the podium and a well deserved World Champion title for 2016.
Great racing, great venue, strong winds and many memorable "after sail" discussions as it should be - the Farr 30 Class is for sure alive and kicking.
Submitted by Peter Gronberg - Farr 30 Class Association Vice-President