Pre-Worlds: Day Two Racing
Photos by: MEREDITH BLOCK/FARR 30 WORLDS
Demourkas Bucks Superstition Enroute To Dominant Pre-Worlds Win
San Francisco, CA (6 September 2011) – John Demourkas went against an age-old superstition today as he locked down the Farr 30 Pre-Worlds fleet to take an 8-point victory in the four-race regatta. "We had a long talk last night between the two boats about the supposed bad luck that a Pre-Worlds win brings to Worlds competitors" said Groovederci tactician Scott Nixon. "Johnny just looked at the crew and said 'screw that – we're winning both of 'em'". Demourkas certainly fulfilled the first part of his prediction, with a 1,2 scoreline that brought his 4-race total to 7, with second place Through a full 8 points back. Nixon said Groovederci's performance was no accident. "We've done lots of tuning with the two boats now and sailing some good events over the past few months has really helped get the team performing well," explained Nixon.
Jim Richardson's Barking Mad also brought their "A" game to the course today after missing the first two races of the Pre-Worlds regatta. Richardson's Newport-based team scored a 2,1 in the two races, including a runaway victory in over 20 knots of wind on the final race.
After nearly beating Groovederci at last weekend's North American Championship here in San Francisco, pro rigger and local veteran racer Scott Easom had a disappointing fifth place finish for Pre-Worlds. "Last week we raced up along the city front, where local knowledge was a big factor," Easom said. "We're definitely at the steep edge of the learning curve right now, and with that local knowledge nullified out on the Berkeley Circle, we're fighting hard to get on the pace." Easom, a perennial Moore 24 champ here in San Francisco, traded his Moore for a Farr 30 barely a month ago, and he's up to the challenge the new boat brings. "Regardless of how we do this week, we'll be much better Farr 30 sailors by the end of it," he said. " It's a special boat that rewards teamwork like few others...it certainly won't be boring!"
Competition for the Farr 30 World Championship starts Thursday and runs through Sunday as part of the Rolex Big Boat Series. Please check the links below for up-to-the-minute news, live updates from the water, and daily photo galleries of the action.
View additional photos: 2011 Worlds Photos
• Farr 30 Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/bpEpZ0
• Pre-Worlds Results: http://bit.ly/oJfaNR
• Daily Photo Galleries: http://on.fb.me/o6fTD4
• Worlds Crew List: http://bit.ly/qWtJ4Z
• International Farr 30 Class Site: http://www.farr30.org
• Rolex Big Boat Series: http://www.rolexbigboatseries.com/
• Worlds Entry List: http://bit.ly/qZ4Cad
• List of Previous Farr 30 World Champs: http://bit.ly/rlkkgR
NOTE TO EDITORS:
ABOUT THE 2011 FARR 30 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
After a Class re-organization in 2009, the Farr 30 Class embarked on an aggressive plan of rebirth and growth of Class racing, doubling the size of the World Championship fleet from 2010 to 2011. Active racing fleets exist in Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, the Chesapeake Bay, Sweden, France, the Arabian Peninsula, and many other venues. Used boats in great condition are widely available, providing a cost-effective alternative to more expensive 30-foot racers that provide a fraction of the fun and versatility of the Farr 30. For more, check out www.farr30.org. The 2011 Worlds is supported by Quantum Sails, Rig Pro/Southern Spars, Patagonia, and Brickyard Cove Marina, and is part of the St. Francis Yacht Club's prestigious Rolex Big Boat Series.
ABOUT THE FARR 30 CLASS
Designed in 1995 by legendary Kiwi Bruce Farr, the Farr 30 (a/k/a Mumm 30) remains one of the world's most versatile and high-performance racing yachts ever built. Designed without the constraints of rating or handicap rules, the Farr office created a boat that would be simple, fast, and rewarding to sail for owner/drivers. With over 200 boats built to date, Farr 30s race on all the world's oceans in one-design, handicap, and long-distance racing, with active fleets on the US East Coast, Southern California, Great Lakes the Chesapeake, Vancouver BC, Sweden and Australia. Class events are governed by the International Farr 30 Class Association. More info on the class is available at www.farr30.org and Editors are encouraged to contact for any information or to schedule an interview with Class President Deneen Demourkas.
ABOUT THE ROLEX BIG BOAT SERIES
The Rolex Big Boat Series, held each September on San Francisco Bay, annually attracts many world-caliber sailors, all of whom are eager to win one of the six specially engraved Rolex timepieces given to winners of the St. Francis Yacht Club's Perpetual Trophies. Begun in 1964, the Rolex Big Boat Series has showcased top sailing talent and boats for 47 years and is the West Coast's premier regatta for handicapped and One Design racing.