Annapolis, Md., USA (June 10, 2010) – The Farr® 40 Class Association in conjunction with the Yacht Club Porto Rotondo announced that the 2010 Farr 40 European Championship is scheduled September 30 -October 3 on the enchanting island of Sardinia, Italy. The regatta is the final leg of the 2010 Farr 40 European Circuit and expects to attract many of the owner/driver one-design yachts including defending European and current World champion Nerone, owned by Massimo Mezzaroma (ITA).
« Over the past 14 years, the Farr 40 Class has traveled to the world’s most beautiful yacht clubs, including numerous trips to Sardinia, » said Class President Jim Richardson (Boston, Mass. /Newport, R.I.), owner of three-time world champion Farr 40 Barking Mad (2009 – Porto Cervo; 2004 – San Francisco; 1998 – Miami). « We are grateful for the efforts of Farr 40 European Class President Wolfgang Schaefer to bring the Class back to Porto Rotondo. »
The next stop for the European Circuit is the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy for two events. From June 25-27, 10 Farr 40s are expected to compete in the second leg of the series before moving on to the ISAF Offshore Team World Championship – Audi Sardinia Cup, June 28 – July 3. Eight teams are currently entered in the dual-boat format and include Barking Mad, Nerone, Martin Strobel’s (SUI) Vanitas Cube, Giovani Maspero’s (ITA) Joe Fly, Alberto Rossi’s (ITA) Enfant Terrible, Alex Roeper’s (USA) Plenty and Angela & Wolfgang Schaefer’s (GER) Struntje Light.
« The Farr40 Class has a very friendly relationship with the Porto Rotondo Yacht Club, » said Wolfgang Schaefer. « We are delighted that they will host the Europeans and I am sure that we will have great races in Porto Rotondo. »
Since its founding in 1985, the Porto Rotondo Yacht Club has hosted a number of important regattas. « I am very happy to welcome again the Farr 40 fleet, owners and crew, » said Yacht Club Porto Rotondo Commodore Luigi Carpaneda. « I hope that everybody will appreciate our new Clubhouse, which has been completely rebuilt. I am looking forward to welcoming everyone there. The YCPR has a long standing relationship with the Farr 40 Class, and I am confident this will continue well into the future. »
The Farr 40 Class maintains an extensive international schedule that revolves around regional fleets in the U.S., Australia, Southern Europe and the Nordic region with the annual Class « crown jewel » – the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. This past April, the 2010 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship took place at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic where Nerone was crowned champion. The 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship – the Class’s 14th – will take place February 23-26 at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, in Sydney, Australia.
For more information about the 2010 Farr 40 European Championship or the schedule of 2010 Farr 40 Class events, please visit http://www.farr40.org/.