Le Renard wins Farr 40
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- American Steve Phillips sailing Le Renard has won the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Nassau.
Over four days of competition in perfect Caribbean sailing conditions, Phillips put together a consistent performance, only straying out of the top ten once in ten races.
"It was our strategy to stay in the top ten in every race, because the teams here are tremendous and it's very competitive," Phillips said.
"We took a 17th in the first race, but after that we sailed consistently and we stayed out of trouble."
Phillips, the current Farr 40 US East Coast champion, credited his tactician Mark Reynolds, a three-time Olympic medallist from San Diego, with keeping everyone on track to victory.
"I'd hate to play poker with the guy, he stays so cool," said Phillips. "He doesn't let us get in difficult situations."
There were 25 entries from eight countries in the championship. Phillips finished with a 22-point lead over second-place finisher Groovederci, skippered by the only woman skipper in the world championships, Deneen Demourkas of California.
The Italian entry Breeze, skippered by Vincenzo Onorato, finished 12th overall. Onorato came straight to the championship after his Mascalzone Latino team was the first to be eliminated from the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series in New Zealand.
The one-design Farr 40 has proved popular with owners who have moved away from handicap racing. The strict class rules ensure the boats are equal and control costs by limiting the number of new sails that can be purchased each year.
The class has an owner-driver rule which has encouraged many owners, who would normally just sit at the back and write the cheques, to take the helm.
The number of sailing professionals on board is also controlled, but this has not stopped most of the owners hiring top tacticians to sit beside them.
Rolex Farr 40 World Championships final results
1. LE RENARD Steve Phillips, Maryland, U.S., 17-2-1-7-9-3-4-9-1-8, 61 points
2. GROOVEDERCI Deneen/John Demourkas, California., U.S., 8-19-16-2-3-13-2-1-7-12, 83 points
3. SAMBA PA TI John Kilroy, California, U.S., 12-5-7-8-12-6-7-16,-6-4, 83 points
4. NERONE Massimo Mezzaroma/Antonio Migliori, Rome, Italy, 6-1-15-3-20-5-3-8-13-14, 88 points
5. CROCODILE ROCK Alexandra Geremia/Scott Harris, California, U.S., 11-9-11-10-1-12-6-2-3-DSQ, 91 points
6. PEGASUS Philippe Kahn, Hawaii, U.S., 19-8-19-6-5-4-12-6-10-3, 92 points
7. BARKING MAD Jim Richardson, Rhode Island, U.S.,13-3-2-13-14-15-14-11-4-6, 95 points
8. DEFIANT Terry McLaughlin, Toronto, Canada, 1-4-DSQ-9-DSQ-7-19-3-8-1, 104 points
9. BAMBAKOU John Coumantaros, New York, U.S., 10-17-5-15-10-17-1-10-18-2, 105 points
10. JOSS Owen Kratz, Texas, U.S., 9-20-14-12-4-1-9-5-19-13, 106 points