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New England boat wins Farr 40 regatta

Almost 10 years to the date of the Farr 40 Class’s first regatta in 1997, Jim Richardson of Boston, Mass., and Newport, R.I., aboard his Barking Mad, won the

Farr 40 10th Anniversary Regatta. Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori of Italy, aboard Nerone, won the Farr 40 10th Anniversary Match Race Invitational. Sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., along with North Sails and Edgewater Boats, the regattas were held Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 in Miami, Fla.

“It’s always amazing to win in this Class,” said Richardson, a two-time World Champion and the Class’ president. “There are so many good teams out there. I have the advantage of sailing with Terry (Hutchinson), Skip (Baxter) and Morgan (Trubovich). We’re going on eight years together and we know what to expect from each other.”

The Storm Trysail Club ran the match racing round robin as well as the eight-race fleet racing series with assistance from the Farr 40 Class Association.

Eight Farr 40s competed in the match racing with Wolfgang Stolz’s from Germany Opus One and Nerone tied on points at the end of the round robin. However, Nerone’s title was decided on the count back as Nerone had defeated Opus One in their match-up. Barking Mad finished in third place.

In the fleet racing regatta, 17 Farr 40s competed. Class newcomers Alex Roepers of Stonington, Conn., on Plenty won the seventh race, while Doug Douglass’ Goombay Smash of New York, N.Y., won the eighth race.

Past World champion Nerone finished in second place, while Mean Machine was third. Most of the competing teams are expected to participate in the upcoming Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, scheduled for April 16-19, 2008, in Miami, Fla.

NYYC Race Week set for July

The New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport promises serious competition on the water and good times ashore when it returns July 19-27.

Over the mid-summer weekend, a regatta for classics will bring together some of the sport’s most revered yachts, including historic 12 Meters and Sparkman & Stephens designs. That will coincide with the 100th birthday celebration of America’s legendary yacht designer Olin J. Stephens, whose legacy of cruisers, racers and America’s Cup 12 Meters is unmatched.

For Race Week at Newport’s second segment — from July 24 through July 27 — up to 200 modern racing machines will converge on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound for IRC, PHRF and one-design competitions. In addition to windward-leeward courses, a distance race around ConanicutIsland will be offered.

For information, visit www.nyyc.org or contact the NYYC at (401) 845-9633.

Third time’s (also) a charm for Barkow

For the third straight time, Sally Barkow of Nashotah, Wis., won U.S. Sailing’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship.

Racing took place Nov. 14-17 on GalvestonBay in Shoreacres, Texas. Barkow and her crew of Debbie Capozzi of Bayport, N.Y., Amanda Callahan of Canton, Mass., and Annie Lush of Poole, England, were awarded the Bengt Julin Trophy and a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel & Gold Datejust.

Going into the final two races, Barkow led the 39-boat fleet with 14 total points. “We went out and knew what we had to do. It was tricky and light and mind-boggling, instead of having to race the boat hard like yesterday. We had to make sure we were in the top eight. Then if we were beating Derby Anderson, we wouldn’t have to sail the last race.”

Barkow finished fifth in the first race and elected not to sail the final race.

In both the 2005 and 2003 Rolex IWKC, Capozzi and Lush were with Barkow, along with her third Yngling teammate, Carrie Howe of Grosse Pointe, Mich., who could not attend this regatta.

In second place overall was Cory Sertl of Rochester, N.Y., a two-time Rolex IWKC champion and Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. Going into the final day, she was in third place and had to put enough places between her boat and Derby Anderson of Annapolis, Md., and Anna Tunnicliffe of Plantation, Fla. At the end of the day, she achieved her goal by scoring a 2-4, while Tunnicliffe finished with 7-2 and third place and Anderson with 11-16. Anderson finished fourth overall, beating her last best finish of 10th in the 2005 Rolex IWKC.

“We’re very relieved to finish in the top three,” said Tunnicliffe, who will represent the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in the single-handed Laser Radial dinghy. “That was my personal goal.”