Long path to Copenhagen


We speak to Jim Richardson, current leader at Rolex Capri Sailing Week, about his Farr 40 program for this year
American former Farr 40 World Championship Jim Richardson is in the glamorous Italian holiday island of Capri this week competing in the first of a lengthy string of warm-up regattas in Europe that will culminate in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark at the end of August. "Capri? Yes, it is a lovely place. The lemoncello is quite good," he tells us. No, lemoncello is always bad and evil, designed solely to ensnare unsuspecting tourists into leaving a larger tip at the end of meals. It usually works too. Having just moved into pole position at Rolex Capri Sailing Week, Richardson is on top form when we speak to him. "Yes, it is pretty tricky, but we had a good day. We managed to dodge the big bullets so far," Richardson tells us. Despite being off their island, Rolex Capri Sailing Week is organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and is a regatta with four classes, pocket Maxis of 60-70ft length, Swan 45s, Comets (mostly the Italian manufacturer's 41, 45 and 51ft models) and the Farr 40s. Posting a second and a fourth place yesterday Richardson's Barking Mad - the new Farr 40 he bought last year, still with only five regattas on the clock, is now firmly into the top spot overall on 20 points after Australian Lang and Sue Walker's Kokomo and Eric Maris' normally very consistent French yacht Twins, had double digit finishes. Even the Italian former World Champions on Nerone have been finding it tough despite this being home waters, going into yesterday's racing joint sixth with Siragusawa, the new Finnish yacht of Olli-Pekka Lumijarvi - one of several new owners entering the class from the Baltic nations prior to this year's Worlds. After yesterday's racing Massimo Stefano Leporati's Kismet has now

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