Consistency pays in Bahamas

MeesPierson Farr 40's opening day

Sunday November 10th 2002, Author: Renee Mehl, Location: United States
Twenty-three Farr 40s started competition for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Cup in spectacular island weather today. The breeze was 10-12 knots starting from 100 degrees and oscillating to about 85 degrees during the first of three windward/leeward races today. All the courses were four legs and the competition was tight in the opening round of class racing for the Bahamian Championship. Philippe Kahn’s Pegasus got out to an early lead in the first race and got the first bullet.

It was a close battle between Stuart and Marrgwen’s Virago and John Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti in the second race of the day. All the boats were tight at the gate rounding, with 15 boats vying for the same aquatic real estate. There were a few minor collisions and close calls everywhere on the last downwind leg. Kilroy covered Townsend gybe for gybe on the sprint to the finish, looking for a passing lane, but Virago held on to win by 20 seconds.

Race three saw the first clean start of the day, with no OCS boats. The fleet split with half going right and the rest left on the first run. Pegasus fought their way through the crowd on the second beat to gain the lead and kept it to take their second bullet of the day.

Consistency was just as important as winning races today, as demonstrated by the Canadian team on board Terry McLaughlin’s Defiant. They are quietly leading the fleet with finishes of 2, 3, 5, although Pegasus and Samba are close behind with 11 points each.

Racing concludes tomorrow with multiple races planned. The sailors will have two days to enjoy the Bahamian hospitality before racing reconvenes for the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship on November 13.

The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Cup trophy will be awarded to the overall winner of the MeesPierson Farr 40 Bahamian Championship. It has been dedicated by the Nassau Yacht Club as a perpetual trophy and will remain on display in Nassau. Trophies for the regatta will be presented at the Bahamian Government House on November 12, in conjunction with the Opening Ceremony for the World Championship.


Place Boat Name Owner Race 1 pts Race 2 pts Race 3 pts Total points
1 DEFIANT Terry McLaughlin 2 3 5 10
2 PEGASUS Philippe Kahn 1 9 1 11
3 SAMBA PA TI John Kilroy 3 2 6 11
4 NERONE Mezzaroma / Migliori 4 10 3 17
5 VIRAGO Stuart Townsend 10 p20 1 11 22
6 BARKING MAD Jim Richardson 8 4 12 24
7 BAMBAKOU John Coumantaros 13 5 8 26
8 BOTTADICULO Arrivabene / Mincione 10 11 10 31
9 KATANGA Robin Paterson 14 15 7 36
10 SOLUTION John Thomson 20 17 2 39
11 GROOVEDERCI John / Deneen Demourkas 24 dnf 6 9 39
12 JOSS Owen Kratz 7 14 19 40
13 KOKOMO Lang Walker 16 7 17 40
14 LE RENARD Steve Phillips 9 8 24 dnf 41
15 GONE TOO FARR Dave Carrel 11 16 15 42
16 CROCODILE ROCK Geremia / Harris 15 24 dnf 4 43
17 MORNING GLORY Hasso Plattner 6 13 24 dnf 43
18 HONOUR Alek Krstajic 17 12 16 45
19 ASSEGAI Leo / Hunt 12 20 18 50
20 EMOTIONAL HOOLIGAN Marcus Blackmore 19 21 13 53
21 NORWEGIAN STEAM Eivind Astrup 21 18 14 53
22 FLASH GORDON 4 Helmut Jahn 18 19 20 57
23 BREEZE Vincenzo Onorato 24 dnc 24 dnc 24 dnc 72

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