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    2012 Farr 40 Worlds




    It Pays To Be Consistent


    With a storm clearing the area overnight, crisp air and a sparkling Lake Michigan set the stage for an action-packed second day of competition at the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship.



    All photos © Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

    "The lake is very deep out in the middle," said Principal Race Officer Peter "Luigi" Reggio who likened Lake Michigan to an inland sea and explained that not having tides, current or shallow spots on the race course also means that local knowledge is not a major factor when racing in Chicago. "It shoals up for about 20 miles and is only 30-40 feet deep, so when it blows out of the north the waves pile up as they get into the shallow water and they get pretty steep and nasty. For here [Chicago], that's the big issue."



    With a 20-22 knot northwesterly breeze gusting to 28, 8-12 foot seas materialized, and, as the breeze was expected to decrease over the course of the day, the race committee stuck close to the day's timing plan when they sent the international fleet of 20 teams off on the first race -- a course of five nautical miles (NM). Wolfgang Schaefer, on Struntje light (GER), picked up where he left off the previous day and won his second consecutive race to start day two. He was followed across the line by Heartbreaker (USA), Flash Gordon 6 (USA), Enfant Terrible (ITA) and Kokomo (AUS).

    After a general recall, the fleet sailed a six NM course for the second race in 20 knots of breeze with three boats receiving a 20% penalty for being over early. Alexander Roepers' PLENTY (USA) carried a good start to cross the finish first. "The starts, as you can see, are pretty difficult," said Vince Brun, tactician on PLENTY. "It was good, really good competition. Everybody pushes the line very hard. We had a good start and we hit a nice shift on the first shift. From that point on, when you get a little space, the race is a little easier… you can basically control your own destiny."




    Kevin McNeil on Nightshift (USA) saw his best result thus far with a second-place finish; Enfant Terrible (ITA), Hot Lips (USA) and Barking Mad (USA) rounded out the top-five finishers in the day's second race. And after a clean start for the third and final race of the day, in 19 knots of breeze, John Demourkas, on Groovederci (USA), won his first race of the series. Struntje light (GER) and Transfusion (AUS) rebounded from their penalty-earning starts in the previous race to finish second and fourth, as Flash Gordon 6 (USA) placed third, and Barking Mad (USA) again took fifth.

    Leading the overall standings after five races is Helmut Jahn after a consistent performance with Flash Gordon 6 (USA). As the only skipper in the fleet to carry only single-digit finishes on his scoreline, Jahn's 20 points gives him a nine-point lead on the defending world champion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis on Transfusion (AUS). Third overall is Italy's Alberto Rossi, on Enfant Terrible (ITA), with 32 points.



    "We've been everywhere - Newport, Porto Cervo, in Copenhagen and Sydney - and I don't think there's any better racing than Chicago," said Jahn who has competed in the 15 previous editions of the Farr 40 World Championships. "I think it mattered [today] that you had a good speed and didn't make any mistakes. It's always the case when you race, no matter what. A lot of people got in fouls or protests and went over the start when there was a 20% penalty. We avoided those things. Consistency is something that always gets you through to the top. A day like this makes you believe you're doing the right thing."

    The day's biggest mover on the scoreboard was three-time world champion Jim Richardson who moved up from last on Barking Mad (USA) after yesterday's finishes of 16-17, to tenth overall with finishes of 6-5-5 today for a total of 49 points.

    Racing resumes Wednesday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. and concludes Thursday, September 20, 2012, when winner of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be crowned.


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    removed from the area of the slips:

    "twelve 55 gallon drums, a shopping cart and an industrial full-size
    construction I-beam which had to be cut up in order to remove it from the bottom."

    too bad they didn't do that prior to the regatta starting

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    Flash Gordon Wins It



    Helmut Jahn and crew on Chicago based have clinched the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds!

    Congratulations! Full report to follow!

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    Props to BH, now get back to the grindstone, boat isn't going to finish itself!

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    Flash Gordons Home Field Advantage





    Chicago architect Helmut Jahn has won the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship after nine races across four days of competition on Lake Michigan. A stalwart of the grand-prix class, Jahn’s previous best result was a fourth place at last year’s Rolex Farr 40 World Championship which was contested in Sydney, Australia. After more than a dozen times racing in the world championship, it seems fitting that Jahn claims the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship title while racing from his home club, Chicago Yacht Club, against a backdrop of the city that is graced by some of his work.



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    With the race committee hoping to run three races for the final day of the series, the first race of the day got underway in a westerly breeze of 13 knots with gusts to 24. John Demourkas, on Groovederci (USA), led the fleet around the first two marks of the 6.4 nautical mile course, only to be overtaken by Hasip Gencer on Asterisk Uno (TUR) who cruised on to cross the finish just four hundredths of a second ahead of him. Enfant Terrible (ITA) was third across the line, followed by Charisma (USA) and Barking Mad (USA). Standings leader Helmut Jahn, on Flash Gordon 6 (USA), was sixth which was enough to both keep him in the lead and also increase his points cushion from 10 to 13.

    After a wait for the wind to stabilize and then two general recalls, the second race got underway in approximately 12 knots with gusts to 17. Enfant Terrible won and was followed 10 seconds later by Nightshift and Heartbreaker, with Struntje light and Transfusion rounding out the top-five finishers. With a seventh place finish, their worst of the series, Flash Gordon 6 secured the championship crown. With the time limit for starting another race running out, the championship was determined with nine races.




    “We knew we had 10 points [margin] this morning, and Transfusion was clearly our competitor,” said Bill Hardesty, Helmut Jahn’s tactician on Flash Gordon 6. “We were able to stay close to them in the first race. They took a little bit of risk and ended dropping back and getting a couple extra points so that made things a little bit more comfortable for us. But the race committee kept talking about doing two more races so we didn’t feel quite out of the woods yet. When the wind was so weird out there it just whittled away at the time and they could only get one more race in. It came down to us needing a top-12 finish. It was just a surreal feeling. It’s an amazing event to win.”

    Driving Flash Gordon 6 on the start and first beat of each race was Evan Jahn, Helmut’s son. “It’s something we’ve been after for a really long time,” he said of the win. “For many years it didn’t feel like we were getting any closer. To just achieve it is pretty tremendous for us. To sail and win with Dad, I’ve thought about that actually for the last few days. We’ve been doing this for so long. Our relationship has gotten so much stronger just by sailing together. This is a crowning achievement for a very long tenure in this class and to be able to share it with my Dad is pretty special.”




    The senior Jahn took up sailing because, as he explained, he needed something else in life to balance a very demanding profession. “I take it very seriously,” said Helmut Jahn. “I never sailed because I thought ‘I’ll win the world championship.’ That wasn’t something I thought I had to do. But doing it [winning] is just incredible. It makes me feel that maybe I’m not a better sailor, but I’m a better architect.” He went on to explain that he didn’t think the team had an advantage because they were sailing in home waters. “You saw that we had different conditions every day. This is actually the great thing about sailing, its unpredictable and it’s not something you can actually prepare yourself for. Sailing at home we had somehow had a sense we were on a mission. Like so many teams, they do better at home, I think it was the belief … the concentration, the preparation that we did in the last three weeks which got us in.


    “The one requisite was that we had to have the right amount of speed. Bill Hardesty, our tactician, kept us out of trouble. We didn’t make mistakes. We didn’t think we needed to win the races. We just didn’t want a bad race. I set, on Sunday night, the goal – never any double digits. So a lot of things fell in place. We set our goals at a level where we could win. We achieved those goals. Retire? I want to celebrate now.”




    The winner of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship was crowned based on the sum of all races for each yacht (i.e. no discards). Helmut Jahn on Flash Gordon 6 won the series with 41 points. The win of the last race by Alberto Rossi on Enfant Terrible (ITA) moved them up two spots in the overall standings to take second with 51 points. The defending champion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis on Transfusion (AUS), took the remaining spot on the podium with 52 points. Wolfgang Schaefer on Struntje light was fourth overall with 62 points, followed by John Demourkas on Groovederci (USA) with 66 points.


    2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship


    Top-Five Results after 9 Races (20 boats)
    Place, Yacht Name, Owner/Skipper, Country, Results; Total Points
    1. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, USA 2-6-3-6-3-5-3-6-7, 41
    2. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, ITA 3-3-4-3-19-11-4-3-1, 51
    3. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, AUS 1-4-8-12/ZFP-4-8-1-9-5, 52
    4. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER 18-1-1-21/ZFP-2-1-2-12-4, 62
    5. Groovederci, John Demourkas, USA, 5-7-15-9-1-3-7-2-16, 66


    Further information on the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds can be found at farr40worlds.com and yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=651
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