Deneen Demourkas - Rescuing the Farr 30 class
(November 3, 2010) When the Mumm 30 emerged in the mid-nineties, it was quickly embraced. The boat was sweet to sail, and an international one design class soon grew. However, the next decade was not as kind. The class lost its Mumm branding, renaming it the Farr 30 after its designer Bruce Farr. But more importantly, the class lost its one-design mojo. The nail in the coffin was when the 2009 World Championship was cancelled.
But with approximately 200 boats worldwide, class loyalists were not going without a fight. Led by new class president Deneen Demourkas (USA), an owners group took over the class management in December 1, 2009, and took on the task of bringing it back to life. Why bother, you ask? Demourkas explains: