Vincenzo On Plane to The Bahamas
Just eliminated from the challenger races for the America’s Cup, Italy’s Vincenzo Onorato has made a beeline to Paradise Island in the Bahamas, where the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship begins next Wednesday, Nov. 13. The four-day event, staged at the Atlantis resort, will be hosting the strongest group of sailors north of the Hauraki Gulf and is to be preceded this weekend by the MeesPierson Bahamian Championship at which all but a few in the now 25-boat Rolex fleet will compete. Onorato is bringing with him four of his America’s Cup crewmen to sail as part of team Mascalzone Latino, the same name given to his America’s Cup campaign.
"I took immediate action because we enjoy sailing and we love the Farr 40 class," said Onorato, who finished second at the 1999 Farr 40 Worlds and won both the IMS Worlds and the Mumm 30 Worlds in 2000. "I’m happy to be back." Onorato, who will charter a boat for both the MeesPierson and the Rolex events, owns two Farr 40s but logistically could not get either to the Bahamas in time.
"The MeesPierson Bahamian Championship will give the teams a chance to check out their Worlds competition at the same venue and under the same conditions," said Farr 40 Class Secretary Renee Mehl. "Many of the boats got together in Miami recently, as well, to tune up. There will be some very serious racing at both events."