2015 Worlds

Groovin' On A Sunday Afternoon

sept28 1sWith a nod to the Young Rascals, John Demourkas was certainly ‘Groovin' on a Sunday afternoon’ as he won the 2015 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship by one point over defending champion Alex Roepers on Plenty. Demourkas, the second-longest member of the class with 11 years of helming the one-design Farr 40 under his belt, has never before finished on the podium at the world championship.

Finishes of 7-4-3 put him fourth overall in the 17-boat international fleet on the opening day of the series; Demourkas then won the first race on day two, and, with finishes of 5-3, moved up to second overall.  Scores of 5-6-4 on the third day of racing kept Demourkas in position, but he was tied on 38 points with Roepers who held the top spot in the overall standings to start the final day of the series. Struntje light won the first race of the day, moving Wolfgang Schaefer's team to within striking distance of the title and setting up an intriguing three-way battle.

Going into the final race, Plenty sat one point in front of Struntje light, with Grooverderci having dropped to four points behind the leader. Roepers and Schaefer soon engaged in a drag race out to the right-hand side of the course with Plenty rounding the top mark in third, barely a length ahead of Struntje light. By the bottom of the run, the German boat had turned the tables on Plenty and led them round the right-hand side of the gate. While these two were engaged in their private duel, however, others took advantage of a new breeze from the left with Australian team Estate Master taking up the lead. More importantly – for the championship – was the comeback by Groovederci who cruised into second place. Suddenly the match race between Plenty and Struntje light became inconsequential as John Demourkas sailed clean past both of them. It was an incredible reversal of fortunes that took even Groovederci’s owner by surprise.

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Groovederci Wins!

John Demourkas and his Groovederci team have won the 2015 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship.

Full report to follow.

Final top ten:

1. Groovederci , John Demourkas, USA, 49.0
2. Plenty, Alex Roepers, USA, 50.0
3. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 52.0
4. Nightshift , Kevin McNeil, USA, 57.0
5. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, USA, 64.0
6. Estate Master, Martin Hill, AUS, 65.0
7. Enfant Terrible , Alberto Rossi, ITA, 66.0
8. Coquille (Corinthian), Gary Ezor, USA, 82.0
9. Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, TUR, 84.0
10. Insanity (Corinthian), Rick Goebel, USA, 113.0

Full results

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds Long Beach Yacht Club Race Day Three

sept26 1sOn a day of sparkling sunshine, it couldn't have been much brighter for Alberto Rossi and the crew of Enfant Terrible in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. The Italian team posted two wins and a second place in the day's three races. Only some poor results in earlier races, thanks in part to problems with the kelp, will stop Rossi from winning this championship.

The lead, after nine races, is shared by Alex Roepers with Plenty, and John Demourkas' Groovederci. They are five points clear of Wolfgang Schaefer's Struntje Light, who in turn is three points ahead of Kevin McNeil's Nightshift. The top five have displayed consistency, whereas all the others have had results they would like to forget, but this, as always, is a no-discard series.

No one knows better than Demourkas just how important the final day will be and he knows also of the private rivalry that exists between his tactician, John Kostecki, and the tactician of Plenty, Terry Hutchinson. "They've been racing each other for years," said Demourkas, "and I have no doubt that they will be at it again tomorrow."

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Day 1 & 2 Highlights

Precision Timing Puts Struntje On Top

Fortunes in grand prix sailing can ebb and flow faster than a spring tide, and the first race of day two of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship was a perfect example. The class attracts some of the world’s most accomplished sailors to do battle on equal terms, although one team competing at this level for the first time are the university students on Cal Maritime who have never raced a Farr 40 together before. It was little surprise to see them battling at the back of such a high quality 17-boat fleet on day one. However, it appears they are fast learners, as they launched off the start line on day two in light south-westerly breezes, eventually finishing just five seconds behind John Demourkas’ Groovederci in the first race of the day.

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