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
|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|
|GRE42||ATALANTI||George Andreadis||Rod Davis|
|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|
|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|