Nothing Better Than This

You cannot ask for much more. Tremendous racing conditions with a building Mistral and a lumpy sea, made worse by the constant attention of the spectator fleet.
Porto Cervo laid it on thick and the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2009 delivered. None more so than the new World Champions Barking Mad (USA) and runners up, Nerone (ITA).
Two races were sailed in winds from the northwest that gusted to the mid-twenties and stretched the already tired crews on the last day of competition. Nerone put her marker down to win the first race of the day and set up a winner takes all, second and final race - the tenth in this intensely fought series. Mascalzone Latino, the three times World Champions won the race, but the all-too significant result was Jim Richardson and Barking Mad crossing the line ahead of Massimo Mezzaroma's Nerone to secure the title for a third time. The first time an American boat has won outside of their home waters.
For Richardson, it is a dream come true, "We're very, very happy. Coming to Italy and winning this World Championship in Porto Cervo is an amazing feeling for us. There are so many good teams out there, particularly the Italians and to be able to win in their home waters is a great thrill for us. We tried to stay calm all week. It's easy to get too wound up and too hyped up. Our basic philosophy throughout the regatta was not to take chances, or take risks. If necessary we ducked boats rather than try to force an issue. Our point-score is a tribute to how well we sailed the boat, without taking any risks. Our worst race was a sixth and that is pretty good."
He is not kidding, no previous winner of the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds has averaged less than four points for the Championship. As Vascotto pointed out, even Nerone's score would have won in all previous years. For Vincenzo Onorato, the outgoing, three-time (in a row) World Champion, who laughingly remarked that his last race this year was the first race of his 2010 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds campaign, this was "a wonderful story for the Class."
Provisional Standings After 10 Races
1. Barking Mad, Jim Richardson, USA, 38.00
2. Nerone, Massimo Mezzaroma, ITA, 45.00
3. Joe Fly, Giovanni Maspero, ITA, 53.00
4. Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato, ITA, 66.00
5. Flash Gordon, Helmut Jahn, USA, 81.00
6. Plenty, Alex Roepers, USA, 102.00
7. Twins, Erik Maris, FRA, 102.00
8. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, AUS, 104.00
9. Estate Master, Lisa & Martin Hill, AUS, 113.00
10. Twt, Marco Rodolfi, ITA, 117.00
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Nothing Better Than This Nothing Better Than This Reviewed by Panos Douros on Monday, June 29, 2009 Rating: 5

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