Race three got off on time at 11:40 with a 2.2 mile long weather leg. The course had been set slightly further offshore than the day before but still the left hand side seemed to be the dominant option. The first start saw the fleet bunched at the pin end with Nerone moving out from the middle of the bunch half way up the beat. The Italian boat rounded the first mark in the lead, followed closely by Steve & Fred Howes' Warpath and these two dominated the front of the fleet for the rest of the race battling all the way down the last run with final honours going to Warpath. Other new faces at the front of the fleet included Takashi Okura's Sled and Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory.
Race Four started almost as soon as the last boat had finished and Ernesto Bertarrelli's Alinghi and Warpath that had won the first race were recalled for premature starts. The fleet was spread much more evenly along the line this time although once again the left seemed to be favoured with Jim Richardson's Barking Mad rounding the first mark in the lead. The first run favoured those who found and worked the puffs the best, most boats getting up to planing speed in the stronger gusts. Michel Illbruck's Nela moved sharply into the lead and proved impossible to catch for the rest of the race. The chasing pack was led again by Mezzaroma's Nerone, being perfectly guided around a consistent day by tactician Vasco Vascotto. Nerone picked up another second place and moved into the lead overall on points.
Race Five started just after 3pm into a building breeze, topping 24 knots in the gusts at the top of the course. Most of the fleet opting for their small No 4 jibs. Michael Illbruck placed his Nela at the leeward end of the line for a perfect pin end start, keeping the extreme left hand side of the fleet for most of the beat. Two thirds of the way up the leg, Kostecki called the tack that saw the German boat slip across the bows of three starboard tackers, the closest being John Calvert-Jones' Southern Star, and off to the
right to eventually round the weather mark with a four boatlength lead.
Starting well in the middle of the line was Jim Richardson's Barking Mad and after a long leg up the left hand side of the course rounded in second place behind Illbruck. These two then sailed away into their own private match race. Enthralling the spectator fleet the pair swapped the lead once on the first run and then chose opposite sides at the leeward gate for the second upwind leg. Illbruck again chose the left, Terry Hutchinson guiding Richardson on Barking Mad, felt the right was going to finally come good.
Sailing away to the right for several minutes, Barking Mad dropped back onto starboard to stay in touch with Illbruck. But half way up the last leg Hutchinson felt he had blown it and that Nela would cross ahead again. The long awaited right hand shift of just a few degrees came good at the end allowing Barking Mad to round the last mark first but with a much diminished advantage. The final run in the strongest winds of the day and with by now a one metre swell, was a thriller. Both boats planing and surfing down the waves were locked in a battle to see who would make the first mistake. Just yards before the finish the advantage seemed to have swung back to the German boat but a last minute surf saw the boats cross the line overlapped with the American just ahead.
"There are always close races wherever you are in the fleet," said Barking Mad's Jim Richardson. "If you make an error it doesn¹t take long before you pay the price. Often you think you have buried the opposition and you look up again and they are right back in it. Our stated objectives before this regatta were to not lose this regatta in the first two days of racing. After today's races we are still in the hunt and we feel pretty good about that."
For the second race in a row German boats were dominating with Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory picking up third. But the Italian Nerone was still there. Picking up its third top four place of the day and consolidating the overall lead in the process.
"This is big fun. It is a dream to be in this position right now," commented Nerone's Massimo Mezzaroma. "I think only Olympic classes racing could be better than this. The idea of this class is the real winner today. We have put in a lot of work over the last two years. We have sailed every race and have spent a lot of time two boat tuning with other boats. Our philosophy is to remain in the top ten in every race. Take no risks and stay out of the protest room."
Friday will be Day Three of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. The weather forecast is for 30 plus knot winds.
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Provisional Results after five races
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|Pos.||Sail no||Yacht Name||Owner||Tactician||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||Total|
|2||USA52104||BAMBAKOU||John Coumantaros||Chris Larsen||1||7||6||12||8||34|
|3||USA50955||BARKING MAD||Jim Richardson||Terry Hutchinson||15||2||14||4||1||35.5|
|4||GER40101||MORNING GLORY||Hasso Plattner||Dee Smith||13||20||3||7||3||46|
|5||GER931||NELA||Michael Illbruck||John Kostecki||19||16||18||1||2||56|
|6||GBR7040R||GAME ON||Oswald/Bainbridge||Anthony Haines||11||11||16||8||10||56|
|7||ITA2272||ALINGHI||Ernesto Bertarelli||Russell Coutts||11||12||7||15||13||57.5|
|8||USA69||WARPATH||Fred/Steve Howe||John Cutler||22||8||1||20||11||62|
|9||AUS1770||SOUTHERN STAR||John Calvert-Jones||Grant Simmer||17||34||9||5||5||70|
|10||ITA1161||SEVEN||Alberto Signorini||Tommaso Chieffi||8||10||15||14||24||71|
|11||GER5055||STRUNTJE LIGHT||Wolfgang Schaefer||Michael Coxon||3||18||11||13||27||72|
|12||NOR40||NORWEGIAN STEAM||Eivind Astrup||Herman Horn Johannessen||5||19||13||23||12||73|
|13||GBR9040R||WARLORD||Philip Tolhurst||Chris Main||10||4||19||24||18||74|
|14||USA46957||GROOVEDERCI||Deneen/John Demourkas||Mark Reynolds||7||30||10||6||21||74|
|15||GRE42||ATALANTI||George Andreadis||Rod Davis||17||15||17||11||14||74|
|16||USA40076||LE RENARD||Steve Phillips||Kevin Hall||4||3||23||23||23||76|
|17||GBR8888L||KATANGA||Robin Paterson||Ian Walker||18||9||22||10||19||78|
|18||NED40105||MEAN MACHINE||Peter De Ridder||Stuart Bannatyne||24||38||8||3||9||82|
|19||USA46999||CROCODILE ROCK||Harris/Geremia||Vince Brun||2||38||31||9||7||87|
|20||FRA29039||HAGAKURE||Michel Tiberini||Francios Brenac||22||5||28||18||15||88|
|21||ITA4038||MADINA MILANO||Dario Ferrari||Thierry Peponnet||18||13||12||38||26||107|
|22||GBR25R||GBR25||Mark Heeley||Iain Percy||9||6||34||30||29||108|
|23||GBR5R||VICTRIC 5||Tony De Mulder||Adrian Stead||6||31||12||36||28||113|
|24||ITA13711||TWT||Marco Rodolfi||Tiziano Nava||12||38||21||25||17||113|
|25||JPN5095||SLED||Takashi Okura||Yutaka Takagi||30||24||4||32||25||115|
|26||ITA1||BREEZE||Vincenzo Onorato||Flavio Favini||29||25||27||22||20||123|
|28||ITA4080||RROSE||Riccardo Bonadeo||Gabriele Benussi||37||32||24||19||16||128|
|29||USA50051||SARASTRO||JP Delmotte||Marc Bouet||32||14||25||29||32||132|
|31||AUS8888||KOKOMO||Lang Walker||Roger Hickman||27||23||30||21||35||136|
|32||FRA9383||FARRFELU||Alain Bompart||Alain Fedensieu||26||28||26||28||33||141|
|33||USA40040||ALBABLU||Renato Irrera||Francesco Bruni||31||29||20||33||30||143|
|34||ITA0091||SHINING SR.||Domenico Cilenti||Mitja Kosmina||33||22||33||27||38||153|
|35||ITA4088||ZZENZERO||Renato Mazzeschi||Michael Ivaldi||25||26||37||34||31||153|
|36||GBR8940||FARRFALINA||Rob Goddard||Nick Meadow||34||34||29||31||34||162|
|37||AUS69R||CACHARAZO||Marcos Vivian||Nick Haigh||36||35||36||35||38||180|