2018 Worlds

Plenty seeks fourth crown as competitive 14-boat fleet gathers at Chicago Yacht Club for 2018 Farr 40 World Championship

Chicago Yacht Club for 2018 Farr 40 World Championship

oct5 farr40 sChicago, IL USA: Alex Roepers is extremely proud of each and every one of the three world championships he's captured as an owner-driver within the prestigious Farr 40 Class Association.

If Roepers and his top-notch team aboard Plenty can secure another world title this year off Chicago it might mark their crowning achievement. That's because the talent and depth of the fleet gathered in the Windy City is perhaps the most formidable in recent class history.

Five past world champions are among the 14 entries representing five different countries that will compete in the 2018 Farr 40 World Championship, being hosted by Chicago Yacht Club. Roepers, the two-time defending world champ, knows Plenty is the pre-regatta favorite based off past performance only.

"This is the largest fleet we've seen in a while and the caliber of boats here is extraordinary," Roepers said. "It's going to be an extremely competitive event and there are no clear favorites, in my opinion. We are looking forward to a great regatta and know the winner of this world championship will have really accomplished something special."

Renowned professional and two-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Terry Hutchinson is once again serving as tactician aboard Plenty, which claimed its first world crown in 2014 on San Francisco Bay.

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Australian wins Farr 40 Pre-Worlds Corinthian trophy

The final day of pre-worlds racing was cancelled this morning due to strong winds in excess of 25-30 knots and 7 foot waves, leaving Gordon Ketelbey and the Zen crew in fourth position overall and Corinthian winner.

Dockside in the windy city, the Zen skipper was modest about the result. “It’s a shame we didn’t get to race today but we are pleased to walk away with the Corinthian trophy. We will go into the Worlds with the same game plan and hopefully one of the Australian teams can take the Corinthian trophy back home.”

Zen Tactician David Chapman is now focussing on the main event. “We’ve won the Corinthian pre-worlds two years in a row. With ten Corinthian teams this year, it’s the most competitive worlds to be held. We don’t consider ourselves the favourites going into next week, however, we are here to win.”

When asked about the Zen crew camaraderie, Chapman added, “The crew is gelling very quickly. We had a nice team bonding session at the Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies baseball game on Tuesday night and everyone is enjoying Chicago and looking forward to day 1.”

The Farr 40 World Championships will commence on Saturday, 6 October 2018 and the forecast is predicting an average of 12-15 knots over the four days of racing on Lake Michigan, Chicago.

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Farr 40 Pre-Worlds, 4 & 5 October 2018 hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club

Day one of pre-worlds provides stiff competition for Aussie boats

Day one of the Farr 40 pre-worlds took place today on the stunning fresh waters of Lake Michigan in a blistering 29 degrees and blowing 18-25 knots from the south west, providing some exciting and competitive racing in the lead up to the Farr 40 World Championships.

The fourteen boat fleet including nine boats from the United States, Struntje Light from Germany, Asterisk from Turkey, Enfant Terrible from Italy and two Australian teams commenced pre-worlds racing today with two races, the third being cancelled due to strong winds.

Jeff Carter (Edake) and Gordon Ketelbey (Zen) are flying the Aussie flag here in Chicago hoping to take the Corinthian trophy back to Australia.

Team Edake
Jeff Carter (Skipper), Jud Smith (Tactician), Lachlan Carter (Mast), Tim Lake (Offside trimmer), Sean O’Rourke (Headsail Trimmer), Jaiden Stevens (Pit), Rosie Lee (Mid Mast), Alice Tarnawski (Strategy), Noel Holder (Main Trimmer), Harry West (Bow).

Team Zen
Gordon Ketelbey (Skipper), David Chapman (Tactician), Shane Guanaria (Main Trimmer), Tim Austin (Mast), Tom Barker (Headsail Trimmer), Clare Costanzo (Pit Assist), Wulf Wilkens (Bow), Edward Hawthorne (Float), Daniel Williams (Pit) and Edward Snowball (Offside Trimmer).

At the end of day one, Zen is in fourth place and Corinthian leader just one point behind current World Champion Alex Roepers and the Plenty crew. Stuntje Light is in first place, closely followed by Italian team Enfant Terrible in second place.

PRO John Busch from Long Beach, California was pleased with today’s racing. “We set a course of 1.2 nautical miles and the wind set in at 205 wind direction. We had a practice start for the first go and then rolled into race number 1. We saw anywhere from 8-25 knots in the first race. The breeze in the second race was from the same direction and we saw a breeze top out at 30 knots, averaging 18-22 knots. We finished that race and decided that the breeze had increased again, so we shut it down for the day. We completed two races today, so we have enough for a series. The weather was warm for Chicago, which was nice. I had my Hawaiian shirt on from Long Beach to bring the warm weather with me, which I did”.

The Pre-Worlds will conclude tomorrow (Thursday). Crews will enjoy a lay day on Friday before battling it out for the big one with the World Championships commencing on Saturday and concluding Tuesday, with up to three races scheduled each day.

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