2014 Worlds

Land Of Plenty

oct16 f40worlds sSuccess often follows success, and that was never truer than today as racing for the coveted Rolex Farr 40 World Championship title got underway on San Francisco Bay. There are 19 international teams vying for the championship crown, but the dominating performance on the opening day of the championship series was turned in by New York’s Alexander Roepers, on Plenty, with three wins in as many races run on the Berkeley Circle. The consistency exhibited today by the crew on Plenty only adds to the luster of a standout year: having been second at Cabrillo Beach in March, the team went on to win the Rolex Farr 40 North Americans in May, the Cal Cup in June and the Rolex Big Boat Series which was sailed in San Francisco just last month.

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2014 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds

High-Stakes Sailing Returns To San Francisco Bay

oct15 farr40 sIn the wake of the America’s Cup, high-stakes sailing is returning to San Francisco Bay, from October 15-18, when 19 international teams will commence racing for the coveted Rolex Farr 40 World Championship title. 

Aboard identical 40-foot yachts, the teams will compete on fast-paced and technically demanding courses on the Berkeley Circle – touted as the best place to sail on San Francisco Bay – with the warning signal for the first race given each day at noon.  The course is off Berkeley Marina, where the breeze is steady and there is less ship traffic than the middle of this busy Bay; current is also less of a factor, although due to its shallow nature, there can be choppy water near the shipping channels and when there is an ebb tide going against the wind.

“It’s one of the most iconic sailing locations in the world,” commented Geoff Stagg, Farr 40 class manager, when asked why the class has chosen to return to hold a world championship here for the third time.  “Nothing beats San Francisco Bay.  There are so many things happening: wind, tide, the bridge, fog.  It’s just a spectacular place to sail.  And of course the wonderful St. Francis Yacht Club, which is hosting the racing, is one of the most prestigious great clubs of the world.”

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2014 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds

The 2014 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds starts today, Wednesday October 15 at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.

RESULTS -- will be updated throughout the day. Look for our full report and photos tonight. Links to race documents and other information at left.


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