December 14 - 20, 2014: Issue 193

        Blinder for Farr 40 newcomer

 Winning Transfusion crew - photo by Alexandra Earl.

           Blinder for Farr 40 newcomer

Rod Jones’ one design comeback with his new Farr 40 called Kindergarten scuttled the familiar finish order of Transfusion then Kokomo, who are both long-standing Farr 40 classmates and pacesetters. 

Instead it was Transfusion (MHYC) then Kindergarten thanks to a “blinder” on debut by Jones and his mixed NSW and Queensland crew of a third and two firsts in the final three races of the Farr 40 One Design Trophy Pittwater on Sunday December 7, 2014.

Lang Walker’s Kokomo (CYCA) ended up third overall, one point behind the class newcomer. Kokomo’s fifth in race four allowed Jones, a two-time Audi IRC Australian champion with previous boats, to slip into the runner-up position Walker and his quality crew held at the halfway point.

Regatta winner by three points, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, the owner/skipper of Transfusion, paid tribute to his tactician Jordan Reece and strategist Katie Pellew-Spithill who teamed up for the first time in their new roles. “The two of them worked so well together. I love sailing these waters, it’s just so tricky with 20 degree wind shifts everywhere,” added the delighted boss. 

International Farr 40 one design rules dictate an amateur owner must helm their own boat, to prevent owners spending up big to secure professional drivers.

Another steamy summer’s day on Sydney’s picturesque northern beaches produced a light and flicky nor’easter 8-9 knots for the late morning opening race, winding up to 16 knots in the closing stages.

Transfusion is actually an ex-Kokomo Farr 40 now owned by Rob Reynolds and the foot chocks that help  the steerer set a good height and have a clear view out of the boat are “built for a giant” says Belgiorno-Nettis, who borrowed the Farr given his is still in transit from the class’ recent world championship. “It was good to be on a different boat, the only thing is the chocks aren’t made for a vertically challenged man,” he joked. 

Kindergarten’s underdog tag has again proved a misnomer. It’s become Farr 40 folklore that another previous owner, Ivan Wheen, once sailed with an L-plate tied to the stern rail then went on to score highly in that particular series.  Jones says the L-plate yarn “was the catalyst for naming his new Farr 40 Kindergarten, plus it’s a reality check for our egos and we think it shows respect to the guys who have been in the class for a long time.

“We had a great day, the boys were fantastic and it all worked,” Jones went on. “It was probably a little easier if you had speed to get into clear air. Flat water makes everyone looked good, it could be different offshore. I’ve got a great group of people and as time goes on we’ll learn more and feel more comfortable at the front. It’s early days and there is always a honeymoon period.”

The Sunshine Coast based skipper also wanted it on record that Sean O’Rourke is doing a fantastic job as boat manager and main trimmer. “Sean’s making it all happen. The rig and boat were very well prepared, and the boat’s fast.”

Between now and the class’ next event, the Aberdeen Asset Management Victorian State Title January 30 – 1 February, 2015 at Sandringham Yacht Club on Port Phillip, Jones says nothing major is planned.  “We still have some rig work to do, but nothing major. It’s all about the little steps.”

Another owner on debut this weekend, Bob Bennett and his Farr 40 Enigma from RPAYC took out the Corinthian division which allows teams to race with two ranked professional sailors versus the professional category which permits up to four pros among the usual 10-strong crew.

RPAYC Principal Race Officer Steve Merrington had the final say, “We had a great last day, the racing was sensational on a typical summer’s day. Congratulations to Guido and Bob on their wins.”

By Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media

Photography by Alexandra Earl

 Corinthian winner Enigma - photo by Alexandra Earl.

 Farr 40 One Design Trophy Pittwater 2014

Hosted By Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Place Ties Sail No Boat Name                    Skipper                     From Sers Score Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1

1   AUS6422 TRANSFUSION     Guido Belgiorno MHYC 15.0                  3.0            2.0    4.0   1.0        1.0      4.0

2   5868         KINDERGARTEN     Rod Jones                 RSYS 18.0                  1.0            1.0    3.0   7.0         4.0      2.0

3   AUS8883 KOKOMO             Lang Walker         CYCA 19.0                  2.0             3.0   5.0   2.0         2.0      5.0

4         007                 EDAKE                    Jeff Carter                 MHYC 21.0                  4.0             5.0   2.0   4.0         5.0      1.0

5   64221         ZEN40                    Gordon Ketelbey MHYC 21.0                  5.0             4.0   1.0   5.0         3.0      3.0

6   6151         ENIGMA                    Robert Bennett         RPAYC 34.0                  6.0             7.0   6.0   3.0         6.0      6.0

7   6024         WINDY TOO            Carl Russett         RPAYC 40.0                  7.0             6.0   7.0   6.0         7.0      7.0

 Above: Transfusion (left) and Kokomo - Below: Kindergarten 2nd overall - both photos by Alexandra Earl.

Article By Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media, Photography by Alexandra Earl, 2014