Farr 40 diary

Andy Nicholson reports from the thick of the action in Sardinia, shaping up to be one of the best one design regattas for years

Friday July 4th 2003, Author: Andy Nicholson, Location: Italy
I can quite happily say this is the most awesome (I am sailing on an American boat) championship I have ever attended.

You will be looking at pictures and watching the video from this event for years to come. Top Italian photographer Carlo Borlenghi says he has taken the best Farr 40 shots ever. Porto Cervo is the most amazing setting, and add to this 25-30 knots of breeze and the hottest fleet of 37 Farr 40s ever assembled and you really get to feel that something major is going down.

In contrast to the pre-worlds, a few miles down the coast in Porto Rotodo, the Rolex Worlds for proper has turned on the heat. The major difference is the wind strength. This evening we are halfway through the regatta, with five races completed, and not a single one has been in under 20 knots.

The Italians on Nerone are really forcing the pace, third after day one and following todays three races have a eight points ahead of us on Bambakou. As always the starts are absolutely critical and Nerone has made some very punchy calls to get off the line in good shape. Take for example the first race today, with the pin end and left hand side looking good they came in late on port, managed to squeeze a tack in and off they went. Squeeze, means by feet, and this is a 37 boat fleet in 25 knots of breeze.

On Bambakou we are generally getting off the line in good shape, being in the front row with a bit of pace is crucial. On the first day with the code four up we were flying upwind and managed to extend away in clear air. Today we didn’t quite have that pace, maybe the others have caught up, but it was good enough to keep the boat rumbling and get counting results. Counters in this fleet are top tens.

Last night the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda did what it can do extremely well and hosted a crew party for the entire fleet of 400 odd sailors. After the main course an enormous tent opened up with a dessert lovers' paradise.

I am signing off now, I am seriously beaten up and the forecast is for the breeze to stay in for the remaining two days. Rumours on the dock also talked about it getting too windy to race. We’ll see, lets hope we just get to bolt that four again…

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