Le Renard wins in Bahamas

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds come to a conclusion with an American winner

Monday November 18th 2002, Author: Barby MacGowan, Location: Australasia



Steve Phillips of Arnold, Md., has steered Le Renard to win the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, which concluded today at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas. Over four days of competition in poster-perfect sailing conditions, Phillips turned in single-digit finishes in all but one of ten races, which proved the key to his success.

"It was our strategy to stay in the top ten in every race," said Phillips, "because the teams here are tremendous an it's very competitive. We took a 17th in the first race, but after that we sailed consistently and we stayed out of trouble."

Phillips, the current Farr 40 East Coast champion, credited his tactician Mark Reynolds, a three-time Olympic medallist from San Diego, with keeping everyone on track to victory. "I'd hate to play poker with the guy, he stays so cool," said Phillips. "He doesn't let us get in difficult situations."

Phillips finished with 61 points overall and a 22-point lead over second-place finisher Groovederci, skippered by the regatta's only woman skipper Deneen Demourkas of Montecito, Calif. Groovederci and would-be third-place finisher Crocodile Rock, skippered by Scott Harris of Santa Barbara, Calif., were over early in today's second race, and in their battle back to earn respectable positions encountered problems at a
congested mark. Both boats were protested by Italy's Nerone, with Crocodile Rock losing the battle in the jury room to fall from third to fifth. As a result, Samba Pa Ti, skippered by John Kilroy of Los Angeles, Calif., moved up to third, with Nerone, skippered by Antonio Migliori (Rome) gaining a position as well and finishing fourth.


Place Boat Name R 1 R 2 R 3 R 4 R 5 R 6 R 7 R 8 R 9 R 10 Total
1 LE RENARD 17 2 1 7 9 3 4 9 1 8 61
2 CROCODILE ROCK 11 9 11 10 1 12 6 2 3 18 83
3 GROOVEDERCI 8 19 p20 16 2 3 13 2 1 7 12 83
4 SAMBA PA TI 12 5 7 8 12 6 7 16 6 4 83
5 NERONE 6 1 15 3 20 5 3 8 13 14 88
6 PEGASUS 19 8 19 6 5 4 12 6 10 3 92
7 BARKING MAD 13 3 2 13 14 15 14 11 4 6 95
8 DEFIANT 1 4 26 dsq 9 26 dsq 7 19 3 8 1 104
9 BAMBAKOU 10 17 5 15 10 17 1 10 18 2 105
10 JOSS 9 20 14 12 4 1 9 5 19 13 106
11 BOTTADICULO 2 10 6 4 26 dnf 19 17 4 2 17 107
12 BREEZE 5 11 22 1 19 16 13 15 11 5 118
13 KATANGA 22 23 3 11 6 10 15 19 9 7 125
14 NORWEGIAN STEAM 3 22 18 14 11 11 11 13 5 24 132
15 ASSEGAI 7 16 21 5 7 20 5 18 23 16 138
16 VIRAGO 4 13 20 24 15 2 10 21 20 15 144
17 EMOTIONAL HOOLIGAN 14 19 8 16 22 18 20 14 12 11 154
18 KOKOMO 18 15 13 22 13 22 23 7 14 9 156
19 GONE TOO FARR 15 12 17 18 17 14 16 17 16 23 165
20 SOLUTION 16 18 23 19 18 9 22 12 15 19 171
21 HONOUR 24 24 10 20 16 21 8 24 17 10 174
22 SLED 23 21 9 25 8 8 24 22 22 22 184
23 MORNING GLORY 26 dsq 6 4 17 2 26 dnc 26 dnc 26 dnc 26 dnc 26 dnc 185
24 NITEMARE 21 7 12 23 21 23 21 23 21 20 192
25 FLASH GORDON 4 20 25 24 21 23 24 18 20 24 21 220

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