Rolex Farr 40 Worlds Quantum Race Day One
A sparkling day of sailing for the opening day of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship was matched by the intense competition throughout the 17-boat fleet that seems set to keep the International Jury busy for an hour or more before the final outcome is resolved.
It had kept Race Officer Peter Reggio busy as the wind swung before adopting a south-westerly line, and he had a weather eye out for the increases in strength that kept the tacticians busy. Each of the day's races was postponed as shifts occurred shortly before each start. It resulted in what one tactician described as: "As good a day's racing as I have had all summer," and followed that with: "And hasn't the pressure increased for this championship."
With 8-10 knots of breeze, the first race started half an hour after it had been scheduled, but that did not deter Wolfgang Schaefer from making the best start from the boat end of the line and immediately tacking on to port to go right. His tactician, Francesco Bruni, had sensed the veering breeze, so that by the windward mark, after 1.3 miles, Schaefer's Struntje Light led by 26 seconds from Kevin McNeill's Nightshift. These two United States' boats were followed by the Turkish entry, Asterisk Uno of Hasip Gencer.