Tomorrow morning the hearts and minds of the crews of the twenty Farr 40s berthed at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron will be focused on one thing: the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship.
The 2011 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds fleet, moored at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Photo by: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
The word on the dock is that this championship is there for the taking. There is no clear favorite, figuring the top three proving as hard as guessing the top ten.
There are plenty of pointers to form. The defending champion, Massimo Mezzaroma’s Nerone (ITA) is on song having won the Rolex Trophy in December and the Australian Championship over the past weekend.
|ESTATE MASTER and WIRED passing by the Sydney Opera House|
Photo by: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
|GOOMBAY SMASH, owned by William DouglassPhoto by: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo|
|ESTATE MASTER, owned by Lisa & Martin Hill|
Photo by: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
Tomorrow, the formbook will be torn up. What happens in the future counts for more than what happened in the past. Certainly, until the final race on Saturday.
The helmsman of Nerone, Antonio Sodo Migliori, considers Sydney a fantastic place to race, even though it has its share of quirks, “it’s a fantastic place, a little bit tricky sometimes, but beautiful. In certain conditions it’s difficult, especially when the wind drops down. There is a lot of current outside the harbour, so you have to be very careful in light air.” Sodo Migliori will read little into Nerone’s string of stellar results leading into the championship, “we are confident about our boat speed. The boat is fast, we have a good set of sails and a good crew. But every race is different.”
Jim Richardson, is one of the longest standing owners in the Farr 40 Class. Former class president and winner of the worlds in 1998, 2004 and 2009, he knows he is up against it this year sailing with a new tactician. Like many others he believes the 2011 worlds could be one of the most open yet, ”it’s definitely up for grabs there are a number of great boats. Obviously the Italians [Nerone] are defending champions, they’re sailing very well, their boat is very fast and Vasco is a great tactician. But you have Martin Hill on Estate Master with Tom Slingsby, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year; John Kostecki on Transfusion; Goombay Smash with Jimmy Spithill. There are some great programmes out there.”
Geoff Stagg, Farr 40 Class, confirms the open nature of the event, “the action starts tomorrow. We’ve got twenty boats primed, loaded and ready to go, with some of the absolute best tacticians in the world onboard.”
The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2011 is organized by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the Farr 40 Class Association. Racing will be held in the waters off Sydney from Wednesday, 23 February to Saturday, 26 February.
For more information about the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds including entry and crew lists, and, results please visit www.farr40worlds.com