Farr 40 World Championship

Struntje Light Clinches World Title In Final Race Of Farr 40 Championship

German's first bullet of the regatta underscores consistency and competitiveness of 2018 fleet

oct9 worlds sCHICAGO, IL (October 9, 2018): The culmination of the 2018 Farr 40 World Championship served up nail-biting competition, coming down to the final race of the event as Wolfgang Schaefer's Struntje light edged out Alex Roeper's Plenty who finished a critical two boats behind nullifying their two-point lead. One of the two boats was the Corinthian Champion, Leif Sigmond and Marcus Thymian's Norboy, capping-off a dominant performance over the Corinthian fleet.

The final day of racing at the 2018 Farr 40 World Championship saw the least amount of breeze and flattest water with unseasonably warm temperatures for fall in Chicago. With southerly winds dipping below 10 knots, teams who excelled in the lighter conditions established themselves early.

Struntje light and Plenty entered the day tied at 27 points. The German boat established themselves early, seemingly putting the Championship title in the bag after Race One as they moved up the standings three points ahead of Plenty. However, all plans were cut short when they finished a brutal ninth place in the second race, preventing early celebrations and handing the lead to Plenty.

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A Tie At The Top After Day 3 of Farr 40 Worlds

Plenty and Struntje light tied while Enfant Terrible tumbles from first

oct8 worlds sCHICAGO, IL (October 8, 2018): Competitors at the Farr 40 World Championship have emphasized that consistency is key and that is what Alex Roeper's Plenty had going for them today. Day Three's racing has both Plenty and Wolfgang Schaefer's Struntje light tied at the top with 27 points. Chicago's weather swung 180 degrees overnight to a shifty southerly breeze bringing unseasonably warm temperatures and flat seas. Unfortunately, the oscillating air refused to settle, bringing an early end to the day after only two races.

The first race dethroned and derailed Alberto Rossi's Enfant Terrible when they tacked within the three boat lengths circle at the first windward mark trying to shoot the mark and edge out Plenty. Plenty protested, and Rossi's team went into their penalty turns just outside the windward mark. The Italian team couldn't regain their ground as the rest of the fleet slipped past for the remainder of the day.

"If you get a protest in those conditions, you're in trouble," sympathized Roepers. "You've got a lot of boats coming at the same time and you have to step out to do your 720. It takes tremendous mental toughness and good luck to come out of that."

Luck wasn't on the Italian team's side as they continued to fall in the rankings sliding seven points behind both first place Plenty and second place Struntje light. "We are fast downwind, but today, we went to the right side and it turned out to be the slow side," said Struntje light's owner Wolfgang Schaefer. "We were quick upwind, though. We were usually leading at the windward mark, but we couldn't bring it home at the end."

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Ecstasy & Agony On Day Two Of Farr 40 World Championship

oct7 worlds sItalians establish dominance as upsets rock the leaderboard

CHICAGO, IL (October 6, 2018): The point spread grew at the top of the Farr 40 World Championship leaderboard on Day Two with Enfant Terrible finishing at the front of the fleet for while Plenty fell to third. Three races were run in a confused sea state of 4-6 foot waves with wind decreasing throughout the day from 16 down to 11 knots.

Hailing from Australia, Gordon Ketelbey's ZEN had never raced in Chicago prior to this year's Worlds. "So far it's been cold, wet, rainy and very windy," said Ketelbey. "I was downstairs when we left the harbor today and I felt the bump-bounce-bump-bounce. I said to myself, 'Here we go another day in Chicago.'"

At the top of the leaderboard, Alberto Rossi's Enfant Terrible now holds a four-point lead on Struntje light and eight-points on Plenty going into Day Three, despite losing their footing in the third race. "For the first two races we had fantastic starts and we were able to maintain our position for the whole race," said Rossi. "For the third race, we had a good start, but we were a little close to other boats so we couldn't follow our planned course. We - and several other boats - made the mistake of using the S1.5 instead of the S1 spinnaker as well."

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2018 Farr 40 Worlds

October 6-9, 2018
Chicago Illinois USA

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