Ferrari leads Farr 40s

Report from Porto Rotundo, Sardinia on the warm-up regatta prior to the Europeans

Saturday June 29th 2002, Author: Farr 40 Class Assoc, Location: Italy
A postponement was signalled on shore at 1000 to allow competitors to enjoy their coffee and brioche at the hospitable Yacht Club Porto Rotundo while the Mistral exhausted itself. The first start of the day's two windward leeward courses was in 6-17 knots of wind from the the northwest just before 1300. Buoys were set further inside the bay where the water was sheltered. The wind was very unpredictable however, as it filtered over the mountains and between islands in puffs and shifts, and increased to 17 knots by the end of the first race.

Boats were piled up at the Race Committee boat for the start, and points leader Madina started late but fast, and were able to sail over the slower boats into clear air. Alberto Signorini's Sylphea hooked into a lift on the left side of the first beat, which delivered him to the mark ahead of everyone. Nerone, then Eivind Astrup's Norwegian Steam were right behind.

They took off down the run while the rest of the boats floundered into a hole just after rounding the top mark. The first three boats gained a lead of half a boat length on the fleet before the breeze filled in. A match race between Nerone and Sylphea started, with close cover by Nerone after they took the lead on the run. Sylphea got away from them on the next beat right before they got to the line of oncoming spinnakers, and regained the lead. The breeze filled in on the third leg, which made for some great one design racing. A pack of boats rounded the second offset mark six deep. Extremely close!

Racing continued throughout the fleet. Sylphea and Nerone crossed the finish bow to bow, with Sylphea just edged ahead, and Norwegian Steam a solid third place. Madina had another single digit finish to hold onto her overall lead.

The race course was moved for the second race of the day to accomodate a shift to the north, with steadier wind at 16-18 knots. Sylphea and Warlord were at the pin end pre-start, but were unable to sail high enough to clear the mark, so had to circle around and start on port. Nerone had the same problem at the weather mark. After tacking below the layline, they were forced to sail inside the mark and circle around to pass on the required side.

This left the course open for several boats to fight for line honours. Shear Terror led around the first two legs, with Nela, Aleph and Madina close behind. Aleph sailed into the lead on the third leg, and stayed ahead of the crowd to surf across the finish line for the victory in Race 8, followed by Madina, then Norwegian Steam.

Racing concludes tomorrow, with one race scheduled. The Deutsche Bank trophy will be awarded to the overall winner of the Farr 40 Mediterranean Circuit, and the Boscolo Cup trophy will be awarded to the overall winner of the Porto Rotundo regatta.

Farr 40 racing will continue in Porto Cervo after a two day break. The Farr 40 European Championship runs from July 3-6 at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
Madina D. Ferrari T. Peponnet 5, 5, 4, 3, 2, 3, 8, 2 32
Sylphea A. Signorini G. Benussi 2, 3, 5, 9, 1, 5, 1, 7 33
Nerone M. Mezzaroma V. Vascotto 1, 4, 6, 1, 5, 17, 2, 8 44
Nela M. Illbruck J. Kostecki 4, 7, 8, 13, 4, 1, 14, 6 57
A Bit of a Coup T. Buckingham K. Sproule 8, 2, 9, 15, 8, 2, 6, 10 60

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