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Farr 40 Worlds Wrap-Up

The fun-loving crew of Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Australian-flagged Transfusion switched sports from sailing to halyard-skurfing in response to Friday’s conditions.

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The fickle winds of October failed the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds on Friday, but many of the 19 crews made the best of the warm weather and long postponement that stretched out all afternoon. St. Francis Yacht Club hosted the championship October 15-18 on the Berkeley Circle.

Crew from Tony Pohl’s StFYC-based Twisted enjoyed Friday evening’s munchies and hosted bar back at the club. Left to right: OJ Olson, Alisa Hawkins, Dana Riley, Don Teakell, and Evelyn Hull.

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Going into Saturday’s final day of racing, Alex Roepers’ Plenty, which won the Rolex Big Boat Series last month, had scored bullets in four out of six races, but Roepers said, "We don’t let up. We have a goal to win this regatta in particular."

The new Farr 40 world champion, Plenty, at a mark rounding on Saturday.

© 2014 Daniel Forster / Rolex

Even though the race committee had optimistically planned to fire off the first warning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, they again had to wait for proper wind conditions. The Bay breeze finally showed up, and the seventh and final race of the series got underway at 3:00 in a 10-12-knot southwesterly. Plenty placed 10th, but it was enough to secure the victory with ten points to spare.

Let the celebration begin! Plenty’s skipper, Alex Roepers, and tactician, Terry Hutchinson, prepare to pop the bubbly.

© 2014 Kara Hugglestone

We’ll have more on this sometimes exciting, sometimes frustrating regatta in November’s Racing Sheet.


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