Farr40 Nationals 2013 – Compiled – Winner of Corinthian Class Voodoo Chile

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Aberdeen Asset Management Australian Farr 40 Championship 2013. Quick responses, crew handling and keeping the mast pointing towards the sky in the gusty NNE winds on a wild and woolly Sydney Harbour were key ingredients on the final day of the John Calvert-Jones Trophy to decide the Australian Farr 40 champion for the 2012-13 season.

After nine races, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion has been declared the winner of the John Calvert-Jones Trophy and named the Aberdeen Asset Management Australian Farr 40 Champion.

Transfusion won all three state titles and has now collected the clincher, the nine-race national one-design regatta sailed over just two days after horrendous conditions forced yesterday’s racing to be abandoned. This is Belgiorno-Nettis’ fourth national class title.

Second by one point was Lang Walker’s Kokomo (25 points) and third overall and first Corinthian Farr 40 was Andrew Hunn and Lloyd Clark’s Voodoo Chile (26 points) from Tasmania.

Five races were completed in quick succession today, two laps of the course set off Clarke Island outside Double Bay per race with a hard windward work to the top marks laid off Nielsen Park at Vaucluse and lots of crash gybing and kites flogging in the following breeze once they turned the corner.

This weekend’s national one-design series was dedicated to the country’s Farr 40 forefather and the first Australian Farr 40 World Champion, John Calvert-Jones, who was on the water watching the final day of competition and will this afternoon present the trophy to the ultimate victor.

‘I am surprised and greatly honoured to have the regatta named after me,’ said Calvert-Jones, who has been involved with the Farr 40s since their inception 16 years ago, but hasn’t raced since 2005.

‘The key to this class is the quality around the world and the fact they haven’t been modified hugely because they are fundamentally well-designed and already so competitive,’ he added.

Crews are packing up boats and gathering for the official trophy presentation at the host club, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

Powered by North Sails - Transfusion takes win at Farr40 Nationals

 

Sam Hill, owner/skipper of Forty has been instrumental in the uniting active Australian Farr 40 owners and putting together a hard-fought series in Brisbane, Hobart and finally Sydney where the NSW state titles led into this weekend’s nationals, conducted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli.

Forty was crewed by a mostly young team including the brother and sister duo of Will and Sasha Ryan, back from their Olympic 470 duties, and also Stacey Jackson, who runs the pocket maxi Black Jack for Peter Harburg and recently tried out for an all-women Volvo Ocean Race team.

Dockside this afternoon Forty’s tactician Will Ryan said, “Conditions today were at the upper extreme of the class but we came through. We certainly built the team over the regatta; we are a relatively new crew. The culture on this boat is that we are there to enjoy it, if we can mix it with the big boys and make it difficult for them then that’s what we will do. We hope to be back next year.”

Forty placed fifth overall, today’s two thirds moving them into the top half on the series scoresheet.

The youngest crewmember this weekend was 16 year-old Sam Lambourne, the middleman and downwind trimmer on dad David Lambourne’s Queensland Farr 40 Lambourdini. He’s been sailing on and off in the class for three years, “whenever dad needs me” said the youngster, adding this morning “It’s fun, I love it.” When Lambourdini came ashore at the end of race eight with no spinnakers left to fly, Sam was a little less enthusiastic, but still smiling nonetheless.

Brett Jollie, Aberdeen Asset Management’s managing director, presented the series trophies this afternoon to the placegetters. On their first year of a three-year partnership, Jollie said, “We have been delighted to be part of the national Farr 40 series this year. Throughout the series we have seen a great deal of skill and professionalism shown by the crews under a wide range of conditions.

“I congratulate the boat owners and crews on a wonderful competition; we look forward to an even bigger season next time around.”

Written by Nova

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