Topas crowned as Farr 30 World Champions 2014
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - August 30, 2014 - As heavy rainshowers rolled in over the waters of Tuborg Harbour and added to the drama, PRO Andreas Kuchler transmitted over VHF that everything was set to start the last day of the 2014 Farr 30 World Championship on time. There was quite a strong current eddy going round the bay, setting the fleet off to starboard at the start and to port at the upwind mark. The standings before race 10 had Topas - skippered by class veteran Dr Harald Brüning - in a strong 7 point lead over 2nd place Matrisen. But a lot can happen in sail racing and 7 points in two races is not safe until the finish line is crossed and protest hearings are done.
The pre-start favoured the right side of the line. Happy Yachting won the start with Matrisen a bit up the line on the windward hip of TU Delft. Topas started a bit further down the line - a tad later but with clear air and good speed. While Topas could rely on their boat speed and free wind to gain quickly after the start, Matrisen had to work to get clear of TU Delft. Two minutes after the start, most of the fleet were on port tack, going with the current. Topas charged ahead and took the lead early on. Matrisen worked their way up to 2nd place but on the layline to the upwind mark they found themselves in dirty air from Topas and not fetching the mark because of the current. They had to tack and dip three sterns, rounded 5th after Topas, Cheyenne, Orca and Avantime.
At the downwind mark, Orca had managed to get contact with Topas and rounded 2nd, close behind Topas. Matrisen was still 5th. Topas sailed a flawless upwind and extended their lead to 120 metres before Orca. Matrisen had worked their way up and rounded 3rd before Civitanova and Cheyenne. These standings held on the downwind and while Topas scored another bullet, Orca scored 2nd and Matrisen 3rd.
The pin end was quite favoured while the current was still setting the fleet to the right. Which way to go? Matrisen nailed the start at the pin end, with Avantime right on their hip. Topas had free wind just to leeward of the middle, Happy Yachting started at the RC boat with Orca in the second wave right behind. Happy tacked immediately around the RC boat while Orca went on for a while. Halfway up the first beat, at the first meeting, Rock'n'Rolla was in the lead with Orca in 2nd, Mrs Freckles in 3rd and Matrisen 4th. Orca didn't fetch the mark, tacked and crossed ahead of Mrs Freckles, but sailed somewhat past the layline, letting Freckles in underneath. Rock'n'Rolla tacked too late and had to go against the strong current on port, dropping behind Freckles and Orca. Freckles rounded two boat lengths ahead of Orca.
Orca managed to pass Mrs Freckles and took the lead halfway down. They chose the left mark, while Happy Yachting had done a very good downwind and rounded second at the right mark. Freckles rounded 3rd and Rock'n'Rolla 4th. Matrisen rounded 8th and Topas 11th. Orca sailed a flawless upwind, covering the fleet in a good way and extending to 80 m lead over Happy Yacthing at the upwind mark. The downwind was a very tight race where the winner Orca managed to stay in front of Happy Yacthing (2nd) and Letto di Pletto (3rd) in the last race of the 2014 Farr 30 World Championship.
The final results crowns Topas and Dr Harald Brüning with crew as Winners of the 2014 Farr 30 World Championship!