Eminent line-up

It may be an owner-driver class, but it will like an America's Cup reunion for the personnel taking part in the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds

Wednesday June 11th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy
The 2003 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be sailed on the waters off Porto Cervo, Sardinia over four days 2-5 July. Hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the event will be sailed on some of the most testing waters in the world, where crews can expect both light and strong winds, hot competition - and all set to a breathtaking backdrop.

12 countries - France, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Norway, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia - sailing the most internationally representative large keelboat class in the world today, will race for an ISAF endorsed World Championship title. 36 boats, the largest ever assembly of the class in Europe, will race a ten race series where all races count. The winner, as ever, will be the most consistent performer after a gruelling set of sprint races.

The Farr 40 Class is a special class because of its owner-driver rules that also require amateur status for all but four of the crew. This One Design class, first launched in the late1990s, is a modern boat requiring all the techniques of state of the art racing without the worry of constant development and obsolescence. With over 130 boats built to date strict rules limit everything on the boat to a modern one design standard making sure that the power of the sailing team is the only reason for success.

In the days before racing gets underway in Sardinia the fleet will be put through rigorous safety controls and test measurements. The number and size of sails as well as the total crew weight are all strictly controlled. Random spot checks will also be made after each race day to ensure rules compliance throughout the event.

Many of the fleet’s owners are past players of other professional programmes that have found Farr 40 One Design racing, where they helm the boats themselves, much more satisfying than leaving the fun in the hands of a hired hero. Many younger owners are finding that their sailing skills can still be put to the test at the highest levels without them having to dedicate their whole lives to a top notch programme. Most of the fleet do however retain the services of the top professionals in the field to fill the roles of tacticians and sail trimmers.

The Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, held alternately on either side of the Atlantic each year, will be the culmination of a busy programme of racing in European waters this year.

The defending World Champion along with the 2001 World Champion will be present both trying to make it two wins in this, one of the trickiest events to win. The 2001 Champion Ernesto Bertarelli, fresh from winning the America’s Cup, will be joined by some elements of his Alinghi Team crew, back sailing together again for the first time since their all-dominant Cup performance in Auckland.

Ten short races are scheduled for the four-day regatta. The 8-mile two-lap windward-leeward race course will include a spreader mark at the top of the course and a leeward gate at the bottom to keep the action close. Each race will normally take one hour. The evenings will also be full with a busy social programme for owners, crews and guests in this exciting Sardinian port.

Television will be covering the event for a 25-minute special for distribution later in the year on many international and local television channels

Line up

Sail no Boat name Owner Relief driver Tactician
USA40040 ALBABLU Renato Irrera Alberto La Tegola
GBR46R ALEPH Hughes Lepic/Pierre Detroyat Pierre Detroyat Luc Pillot
ITA2272 ALINGHI Ernesto Bertarelli
GRE42 ATALANTI George Andreadis Rod Davis
USA52104 BAMBAKOU John Coumantaros
USA50955 BARKING MAD Jim Richardson Mark Sims Terry Hutchinson
GBR98R BIT OF A COUP Tony Buckingham
ITA103 BOTTADICULO Giovanni Arrivabene/Rafaele Mincione Rafaele Mincione Sergey Chestov
ITA1 BREEZE Vincenzo Onorato Flavio Favini
USA46999 CROCODILE ROCK Scott Harris/Alex Geremia
FRA9383 FARRFELU Alain Bompart Alain Fedensieu
GBR7040R GAME ON John Oswald/John Bainbridge John Bainbridge Anthony Haines
GBR25R GBR25 Mark Heeley Duncan MacDonald Iain Percy
USA46957 GROOVEDERCI Deneen/John Demourkas John Demourkas Mark Reynolds
FRA29039 HAGAKURE Michel Tiberini Francios Brenac
GBR8888L KATANGA Robin Paterson Adam Gosling Ian Walker
AUS8888 KOKOMO Lang Walker Roger Hickman Roger Hickman
USA40076 LE RENARD Steve Phillips Alan Nakanishi Andy Norton
ITA4038 MADINA MILANO Dario Ferrari Enrico Isenburg Thierry Peponnet
NED40105 MEAN MACHINE Peter De Ridder Roderick Voerman Stuart Bannatyne
GER40101 MORNING GLORY Hasso Plattner Lorenz Jensen Dee Smith
GER931 NELA Michael Illbruck Niels Sodemann John Kostecki
ITA1972 NERONE Antonio Sodo Migliori/Massimo Mezzaroma Massimo Mezzaroma Andy Beadsworth
NOR40 NORWEGIAN STEAM Eivind Astrup Jacob Nordenstrom Herman Horn Johannessen
ITA4080 RROSE Riccardo Bonadeo Gabriele Benussi
USA50051 SARASTRO JP Delmotte
ITA1161 SEVEN Alberto Signorini Tommaso Chieffi
JPN5095 SLED Takashi Okura Yutaka Takagi
AUS1770 SOUTHERN STAR John Calvert-Jones Grant Simmer
GER5055 STRUNTJE LIGHT Wolfgang Schaefer Xavier Rohart
ITA13711 TWT Marco Rodolfi Tiziano Nava
GBR5R VICTRIC 5 Tony De Mulder Paul Burton Adrian Stead
GBR9040R WARLORD Philip Tolhurst Jeremy Tolhurst Chris Main
USA69 WARPATH Fred/Steve Howe Fred Howe John Cutler
ITA4088 ZZENZERO Renato Mazzeschi Enrico Passoni

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