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Newport Sun Rises Over Championship Fleet

 

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Heat Wave Continues As Talented Fleet Readies for 2013 Farr 30 World Championship

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND (17 July 2013) – With temperatures approaching 100 degrees fahrenheit (38C) at the water’s edge, competitors will have more than just a star-studded fleet to contend with if they hope to win the 2013 Farr 30 World Championship hosted by Sail Newport.

 Back-to-back World Championship Deneen Demourkas (Groovederci) returns with her core team including tactician Cameron Appleton and mainsail trimmer Darren Jones, but she says that, despite her double victory in 2011 and 2012, she’s no favorite for this championship.  “We haven’t sailed the boat in a year while the rest of the fleet has gotten smoother and faster,” said Demourkas.  When asked what it would take for her to claim three World Championships in a row – something never done before in the history of the Farr 30 Class, Demourkas grinned:  “A miracle”, she said.

 

In more than a decade of Farr 30 racing, Jim Richardson and his Barking Mad team have finished on the podium 6 times, yet the Newport and NY-based skipper has never won the elusive title.  Yet extensive practice and comfort in his home waters has Richardson in the unlikely role of favorite for the championship.  “I love sailing in Newport, though looking around at the experience amongst the fleet, I don’t think that home court advantage will play a big role,” said Richardson.  Former America’s Cup skipper and multiple World Champion Tactician Terry Hutchinson says it won’t be easy despite the team’s strong win last week during the North American Championship.  “With talented teams coming up from Annapolis like Ramrod and Rhumb Punch, the always-tough Germans aboard Topas, and newcomers like the 2009 Melges 32 World Champs on Bliksem coming into the fleet, this could be the most competitive Farr 30 Worlds in a long time,” said Hutchinson.

 

Follow Along On Facebook

 

With more than 3,500 Likes, the Farr 30 Class’s Facebook page continues to highlight how much owners and crew love the Farr 30.  The Class encourages everyone who loves the Farr 30 to “Like” the page here, and keep refreshing Facebook all week for intense action from the water, with high-impact photography, video interviews, and near real-time updates from the warm waters of the Atlantic.

 

Important Links:

 

Past World Champions:  http://bit.ly/rlkkgR

World Championship Entries:  http://bit.ly/14d0vLo

NA Championship Results: http://bit.ly/14d0E1v

Farr 30 Facebook Page:  http://on.fb.me/bpEpZ0

Twitter Hashtag:  #Farr30Worlds

 

 

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ABOUT THE 2013 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, resulting in strong growth of the Worlds fleet leading to the 2013 Championship.  Class racing continues to grow from Annapolis to Sweden, from Southern California and the Arabian Peninsula to Turkey. Used boats in great condition are widely available, providing a surprisingly 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.

 

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 most versatile and beloved one-design 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any information or to schedule an interview with a Class representative.

 

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