Welcome to Copenhagen!
As 17 boats are packing up to meet in Copenhagen for the Farr 30 Worlds 2014, the organizer Royal Danish Yacht Club have had an intense summer. Having just confirmed a Danish entry in the Volvo Ocean Race (Team Vestas), they will now host a week full of intense racing with the Farr 30 class. Tune-up races are planned for Sunday, August 24, while racing for the perpetual Royal Canadian Yacht Club trophy - the Farr 30 Worlds trophy - will start on Wednesday, August 27.
11 races are planned and with no throw-outs it will be important to start the regatta in a consistent way for all contenders. With three-time World Champion Groovederci not participating, we already know we will crown a new world champion in the class. But who will it be? There are a number of contenders eager to get their inscription on the trophy and a lot of sailing competence who can manage to do it. Long time class member Topas, skippered by Dr Harald Brüning, have participated in many world championships and they are always performing well. With a strong win at the Swedish National Championship in June, they must be said to be the favourite in this talented fleet. However, both Matrisen and Happy Yachting ended on the same point at the Swedish Nationals. While Happy Yachting are now Swedish champions, Matrisen was runner up at the Worlds in 2012 (Båstad, Sweden), then winning over both Topas and US top team Barking Mad. Cheyenne, skippered by Anders Helmrich, is another hot contender not far behind, finishing only two points behind and scoring bronze in the Swedish nationals.
But there are also other contestants to watch out for. Dutch Triple P won the pre-worlds in 2012 and did really well in some races. Dutch student team TU Delft sailed the Sailing Arabia Tour event in February and won three of the inport races as well as the final offshore leg. Skippered by Kay Heemskerk, one of Netherlands best young sailors, they clearly have the talent to do well in the Worlds.
This one will be difficult to guess. Like so many times before, it may very well come down to the last few races. The championship will for sure be fierce and intense - no room for errors. It will be incredibly interesting!
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