|Pre-World: Day One Racing|
photos by: Meredith Block/Blocksail.com
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club's "THROUGH" with a slim lead at the top mark.
Seattle's "NEFARIOUS" struggle to control an errant spinnaker.
Farr 30 Pre-Worlds a Husband vs. Wife Showdown
Demourkas Duo In Top Positions After Day One
San Francisco, CA (5 September 2011) - With just three days left until the first race of the 2011 Farr 30 World Championship, a star-studded international fleet of 8 boats fought for Pre-Worlds bragging rights today on San Francisco Bay, with Santa Barbara's wife/husband-owned Groovederci team splitting victories in the two races of the day and ending the day in the top two positions – perhaps the first time a husband and wife have ever won two consecutive races at this level of racing.
Conditions for the first race of the day were sporty, with around 18 knots of wind coming from the Golden Gate Bridge. The race saw John Demourkas's Groovederci J eke out a half-boatlength victory from Andrew Hamnilton aboard the British Columbia-based Through. The Canadian boat fought for the pin end of the start line, taking their advantage to a 3 boatlength lead at the first mark of the race that they would hold until a short distance from the finish line. "We held on as long as we could, but Groovederci worked the last downwind a bit better to squeeze through for the win," said Through trimmer George Peet. Local rigger and top San Francisco sailor Scott Easom saw his team's strong performance early in the race evaporate with a spinnaker issue on the final leg, with 8-Ball sailing most of the final leg without spinnaker or jib.
Race 2 saw increased breeze with gusts in the low 20s and plenty of the harsh, steep chop that the Berkeley Circle is famous for. Groovederci D skipper Deneen Demourkas powered to a solid victory in the stronger winds, while Easom came back with a strong second place to finish the day in fourth spot.
Mrs. Demourkas was all grins after hitting the dock. "We're lucky to have this great spot to prepare at Richmond's Brickyard Cove Marina before moving over to the St. Francis Yacht Club for our World Championship as part of the Rolex Big Boat Series," said the owner of Groovederci and Farr 30 Class President. "With the support of our sponsors, and the folks at the San Francisco Yacht Club running the racing Monday and Tuesday, we're finding it to be a perfect warm-up to the Worlds."
Teams have traveled from as far away as Kiel, Germany, for a chance to race on the intense playing field that is San Francisco's 'Berkeley Circle' for the hotly contested World Championship, while crews hail from as far off as Auckland and Brisbane. "There's sun, and wind, and a beautiful backdrop all the time, and the city is really something special" said Ole Stücker, pitman aboard Dr. Harold Bruening's TOPAS. "We're certainly glad we made the trip!"
Five of the entries hail from the active Southern California fleet, including Jim Murrell's Redondo Beach-based HUCKLEBERRY 2. "Our goal is to enjoy our time here while trying to finish in the top half of the fleet, and we know we've got our work cut out for us in this fleet" said Huckleberry tactician and noted match racer Brian Angel.
Tomorrow is the final day of Pre-Worlds action. Please check the links below for up-to-the-minute news, live updates from the water, and daily photo galleries of the action. Competition for the Farr 30 World Championship starts Thursday and runs through Sunday as part of the Rolex Big Boat Series.
photos by: Meredith Block/Blocksail.com
Just inches separate the running Farr 30s, with John Demourkas leading "WILD THING" and "GROOVEDERCI (D)" down the run.
Perfect form on Race 2 winner GROOVEDERCI at the offset mark.
A San Francisco picture-perfect cross in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.
• Farr 30 Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/bpEpZ0
• Pre-Worlds Results: http://bit.ly/ri1H6l
• Daily Photo Galleries: http://on.fb.me/o6fTD4
• Worlds Crew List: http://bit.ly/qWtJ4Z
• International Farr 30 Class Site: http://www.farr30.org
• Rolex Big Boat Series: http://www.rolexbigboatseries.com/
• 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
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.