Farr 30 Worlds : Demourkas continues world winning form
Friday, 03 August 2012
Sweden’s Bay of Laholm showed just how challenging it could be today, with a mix of conditions that included winds from 7 to 22 knots and shifts of up to 40 degrees on Day 1 of the 2012 BMW Farr 30 World Championship. The day saw two general recalls, two Black Flag starts, one race abandonment, and multiple course changes as the Bastad-based Race Committee struggled to set World Championship-calibre courses in the unstable breeze flowing from the warm hills to the Southeast.
Reigning World Champion Deneen Demourkas and her crew (USA 706 Groovederci) powered to the top of the standings after three races, bringing a 5-point lead over 5-time Farr 30 Worlds runner-up Jim Richardson (USA 50955 Barking Mad); it’s almost exactly how the long-time rivals finished the 2011 World Championship.
“’Challenging’ is an understatement; I couldn’t eat anything all day I was such a nervous wreck,” Demourkas said. “As the conditions got funkier and funkier throughout the day I was really pulling my hair out, but my guys and gals held it together for a good result.”
Barking Mad skipper Jim Richardson seemed nonplussed at the deficit he faces in his long-running rivalry with Demourkas. “Deneen has been a great friend for a long time, and on shore, we have a great time,” Richardson said. “But on the water, neither of us give any quarter to the other, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
The two tangled during Race 2, when Richardson tacked close ahead of Groovederci and drew a protest flag from tactician Cameron Appleton. Though it was a close call, Barking Mad tactician Bouwe Bekking opted to take a 720-degree penalty turn rather than risk disqualification, losing 3 boats in the process. They would score a fifth in that race, their worst of the day.
Skipper Fazi Khaleghi and the crew of Pre-Worlds winner Triple P (NED 6922) proved their Pre-Worlds victory was no fluke, the Dutch team executing strong starts and navigating the shifty wind nearly perfectly to lead most of Race 1 and part of a shifty Race 2, though they’d give up the lead in both races to score a solid second place in each. “We came here with a serious aim, and that was to have fun,” said Khaleghi. “Everybody’s learning so much, and we are enjoying ourselves immensely in the best boat ever designed, so in a sense we are already winning.”
Khaleghi seemed to have another gear downwind, sailing lower and faster than most of the fleet despite the varying conditions. “We are constantly pushing to find the boat’s limit, yet every time we think we have reached the edge we find we can still push faster.” Triple P scored a 10 in the final race of the day, leaving them with 13 points, just 2 behind Richardson.
Swedish Class President Patrik Lindblom (SWE 10070 ORCA) had a slow start to the regatta he spent so much time organizing with a 13,10 in the first two races, though he ran away with an emphatic victory in Race 3. “We wanted the right all day, but we just couldn’t get there,” Lindblom explained. “We finally made it to that side on the final race to find exactly the pressure and shift we were looking for, and we didn’t look back from there.”
Lindblom was glad to see four different nations filling out the top 5 spots on the leader board. “The Farr 30 Class is truly international, and it’s only fitting to see such a wide variety of countries represented at the top of the fleet.”
Three races are scheduled for Friday beginning at 1100 local time, with light to moderate breeze forecast, along with colder temperatures and the chance of showers.
Current Results (Top 5 only):
1) USA 706 Groovederci | 6 points | Deneen Demourkas | Santa Barbara YC
2) USA 50955 Barking Mad | 11 points | James Richardson | New York YC
3) NED 6922 Triple P | 13 points | F Khaleghi Yazdi | YC Scheveningen
4) GER 5373 Topas | 14 points | Dr. Harald Bruening | KYC/WYC/RORC
5) SWE 381 Farr Barr 2 | 14 points | Martin Strandberg | MSS
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Last Updated ( Friday, 03 August 2012 )