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Star and Farr 40 News

7 September 1999

Issue # 52

Star World Championships

A 129 boat strong fleet is sailing the World Championship for the venerable Star class.  The initial two races on Sunday were sailed on 11 mile windward/leeward courses.

After two races San Diego based Eric Doyle leads with scores of 4 & 3 for 7 points.  2nd is Canadian Ross MacDonald and crew.  They posed scores of 10&1 for 11 points.  3rd is the Brazilian skipper Grael with the opposite results of the 2nd place boat 1st and 10th.  

With 2 races completed the championships is 1/3rd of the way completed.  The title will be decided on the basis of the best 5 scores in the course of 6 races.  

There is an official website for this regatta.


San Francisco NOODS

The Sailing World et al. sponsored series of NOOD regattas continued its travels.  This past weekend the NOOD's set up shop on San Francisco bay.  

One of the featured classes was the 15 boat Farr 40 class.  This class sailed 7 races over 3 days.  This series served as preparation for the classes upcoming world championships also in San Francisco.

The Farr 40 Nood's series was a close one.  Going into the last day John Kilroy;s Samba Pa Ti led defending World Champion Barking Mad by 1 point.  The first race on Sunday saw Barking Mad the winner with Samba Pa ti 2nd.  So, going into the final race these two were tied.  The final showdown race saw 15-20 knots of breeze and a 1st place for the race and the regatta for Sama Pa Ti.  Barking Mad finished 3rd to end up 2 points out of 1st for the series.

There were two representatives from the Great Lakes branch of the Farr 40's.  Helmut Jahn's Flash Gordon sailed to a 10th place.  Flash started out well with scores of 4,6, and 7 but could not maintain that level.  Charles Tompkin's Bandit arrived in time to sail the series final 3 races.  Bandits' finishes were: 13,13 and 10.

Up to 19 boats are expected for the World Championship regatta.  September 11th is the 1st day of the World Championship regatta.