Class President Roars Back Into Worlds Contention On Breezy Day Two
|World Championship: Day Two Racing|
Photos by: MEREDITH BLOCK/FARR 30 WORLDS
Demourkas Pulls Into Third Place After Near Perfect Day
San Francisco, CA (9 September 2011) – The San Francisco-based Farr 30 newcomers aboard Eight Ball maintained a tenuous one-point grip on first place over Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad today at the 2011 Farr 30 World Championship, while Class President Deneen Demourkas (Groovederci 706) sailed to near-perfect 2-1-1 finishes, catapulting her all the way to third place after a disappointing start to her regatta. “It feels pretty good to sail our own race from out front for three straight, especially after our issues on Thursday” Demourkas said at last night’s Farr 30 Class appreciation dinner at the St. Francis Yacht Club. Demourkas was just seconds from a perfect all-bullet day but for a brilliant race one move from local standout sailor Chris Raab and crew aboard Wild Thing who snuck in just ahead of Groovederci for the Race 4 victory. “They kind of came out of nowhere, and I’ve never been so angry to get a second-place before…but that’s racing!” said Demourkas.
Jim Richardson has won World Championship glory in other high-profile classes, though the Farr 30 World Championship has remained just out of reach despite a decade of trying. “We had back-to-back second-place finishes in Newport and Sardinia a few years back, and lots of top-five finishes, but we sure would like to take this title,” Richardson said. Richardson misses his star tactician Terry Hutchinson, currently skippering the Artemis Racing America’s Cup challenger in Plymouth, England, though he says replacement British expat Andy Green has “been a joy to have on the team, both on and off the water.”
Just four points separate the top three boats, with another big wind forecast on Saturday that will separate the top guns from those just struggling to hold on.
The 2011 Farr 30 Championship runs through Sunday as part of the Rolex Big Boat Series. Please check the links below for up-to-the-minute news, live updates from the water, and daily photo galleries of the action.
- Farr 30 Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/bpEpZ0
- Kattack Live Race Tracking: http://bit.ly/p480Yq
- Farr 30 World Championship Results: http://bit.ly/oUJ4dX
- Rolex Big Boat Series: http://www.rolexbigboatseries.com/
- Daily Photo Galleries: http://on.fb.me/o6fTD4
- Worlds Crew List: http://bit.ly/qWtJ4Z
- International Farr 30 Class Site: http://www.farr30.org
- Worlds Entry List: http://bit.ly/qZ4Cad
- List of Previous Farr 30 World Champs: http://bit.ly/rlkkgR
NOTE TO EDITORS:
ABOUT THE 2011 FARR 30 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
After a Class re-organization in 2009, the Farr 30 Class embarked on an aggressive plan of rebirth and growth of Class racing, doubling the size of the World Championship fleet from 2010 to 2011. Active racing fleets exist in Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, the Chesapeake Bay, Sweden, France, the Arabian Peninsula, and many other venues. Used boats in great condition are widely available, providing a cost-effective alternative to more expensive 30-foot racers that provide a fraction of the fun and versatility of the Farr 30. For more, check out www.farr30.org. The 2011 Worlds is supported by Quantum Sails, Rig Pro/Southern Spars, Patagonia, and Brickyard Cove Marina, and is part of the St. Francis Yacht Club’s prestigious Rolex Big Boat Series.
ABOUT THE FARR 30 CLASS
Designed in 1995 by legendary Kiwi Bruce Farr, the Farr 30 (a/k/a Mumm 30) remains one of the world’s most versatile and high-performance racing yachts ever built. Designed without the constraints of rating or handicap rules, the Farr office created a boat that would be simple, fast, and rewarding to sail for owner/drivers. With over 200 boats built to date, Farr 30s race on all the world’s oceans in one-design, handicap, and long-distance racing, with active fleets on the US East Coast, Southern California, Great Lakes the Chesapeake, Vancouver BC, Sweden and Australia. Class events are governed by the International Farr 30 Class Association. More info on the class is available at www.farr30.org and Editors are encouraged to contact for any information or to schedule an interview with Class President Deneen Demourkas.
ABOUT THE ROLEX BIG BOAT SERIES
The Rolex Big Boat Series, held each September on San Francisco Bay, annually attracts many world-caliber sailors, all of whom are eager to win one of the six specially engraved Rolex timepieces given to winners of the St. Francis Yacht Club’s Perpetual Trophies. Begun in 1964, the Rolex Big Boat Series has showcased top sailing talent and boats for 47 years and is the West Coast’s premier regatta for handicapped and One Design racing.