DEMOURKAS CONTINUES WORLD BEATING FORMPHOTO CREDIT TO MEREDITH BLOCK/FARR 30 WORLDS
2011 Champ Leads 2012 Farr 30 Worlds After 3 Races, 4 Nations Fill Top 5 Spots
Båstad, SWEDEN (2 August 2012) –Sweden’s Bay of Laholm showed just how challenging it could be today, with a mix of conditions that included winds from 7 to 22 knots and shifts of up to 40 degrees on Day 1 of the 2012 BMW Farr 30 World Championship. The day saw two general recalls, two Black Flag starts, one race abandonment, and multiple course changes as the Bastad-based Race Committee struggled to set World Championship-calibre courses in the unstable breeze flowing from the warm hills to the Southeast.
Reigning World Champion Deneen Demourkas and her crew (USA 706 Groovederci) powered to the top of the standings after three races, bringing a 5-point lead over 5-time Farr 30 Worlds runner-up Jim Richardson (USA 50955 Barking Mad); it’s almost exactly how the long-time rivals finished the 2011 World Championship.
“’Challenging’ is an understatement; I couldn’t eat anything all day I was such a nervous wreck,” Demourkas said. “As the conditions got funkier and funkier throughout the day I was really pulling my hair out, but my guys and gals held it together for a good result.”
Barking Mad skipper Jim Richardson seemed nonplussed at the deficit he faces in his long-running rivalry with Demourkas. “Deneen has been a great friend for a long time, and on shore, we have a great time,” Richardson said. “But on the water, neither of us give any quarter to the other, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
The two tangled during Race 2, when Richardson tacked close ahead of Groovederci and drew a protest flag from tactician Cameron Appleton. Though it was a close call, Barking Mad tactician Bouwe Bekking opted to take a 720-degree penalty turn rather than risk disqualification, losing 3 boats in the process. They would score a fifth in that race, their worst of the day.
Skipper Fazi Khaleghi and the crew of Pre-Worlds winner Triple P (NED 6922) proved their Pre-Worlds victory was no fluke, the Dutch team executing strong starts and navigating the shifty wind nearly perfectly to lead most of Race 1 and part of a shifty Race 2, though they’d give up the lead in both races to score a solid second place in each. “We came here with a serious aim, and that was to have fun,” said Khaleghi. “Everybody’s learning so much, and we are enjoying ourselves immensely in the best boat ever designed, so in a sense we are already winning.”
Khaleghi seemed to have another gear downwind, sailing lower and faster than most of the fleet despite the varying conditions. “We are constantly pushing to find the boat’s limit, yet every time we think we have reached the edge we find we can still push faster.” Triple P scored a 10 in the final race of the day, leaving them with 13 points, just 2 behind Richardson.
Swedish Class President Patrik Lindblom (SWE 10070 ORCA) had a slow start to the regatta he spent so much time organizing with a 13,10 in the first two races, though he ran away with an emphatic victory in Race 3. “We wanted the right all day, but we just couldn’t get there,” Lindblom explained. “We finally made it to that side on the final race to find exactly the pressure and shift we were looking for, and we didn’t look back from there.”
Lindblom was glad to see four different nations filling out the top 5 spots on the leader board. “The Farr 30 Class is truly international, and it’s only fitting to see such a wide variety of countries represented at the top of the fleet.”
Three races are scheduled for Friday beginning at 1100 local time, with light to moderate breeze forecast, along with colder temperatures and the chance of showers.
Current Results (Top 5 only):
1) USA 706 Groovederci | 6 points | Deneen Demourkas | Santa Barbara YC
2) USA 50955 Barking Mad | 11 points | James Richardson | New York YC
3) NED 6922 Triple P | 13 points | F Khaleghi Yazdi | YC Scheveningen
4) GER 5373 Topas | 14 points | Dr. Harald Bruening | KYC/WYC/RORC
5) SWE 381 Farr Barr 2 | 14 points | Martin Strandberg | MSS
CREDIT TO MEREDITH BLOCK/FARR 30 WORLDS
FOLLOW THE RACING AT HOME
Fans of the Farr 30 can keep up with the latest action from Båstad via Facebook, Twitter, and the Worlds website, while every race will be available to watch live via the TracTrac tracking system. Here’s how:
- 2012 BMW World Championship Website: http://bit.ly/Niqd3k
- Daily Results: http://bit.ly/QkGx8R
- Crew List: http://bit.ly/NWOm2r
- Photo Gallery: http://bit.ly/NWOpLK
- Live Tracking: http://bit.ly/M8O05H
- Live Photo Blog: http://bit.ly/OFBeS2
- Farr 30 Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/bpEpZ0
- International Farr 30 Class Site: http://www.farr30.org
- Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/farr30class
- Worlds Entry List: http://bit.ly/qZ4Cad
- Worlds Crew List: http://bit.ly/qWtJ4Z
- List of Previous Farr 30 World Champs: http://bit.ly/rlkkgR
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ABOUT THE 2012 BMW 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, resulting in strong growth of the Worlds fleet leading to the 2012 Championship. Class racing continues to grow from Sweden to Southern California and the Arabian Peninsula to Turkey. Used boats in great condition are widely available, providing a surprisingly 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.
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