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Farr 40 Class President, Jim Richardson and Barking Mad, is heading four American boats, in the Rolex Worlds at Porto Cervo, all eager to recover some bragging rights in a series that used to be our own, until the rest of the world discovered how great Farr 40 sailing could be. Richardson won the first ever Farr 40 Worlds back in 1998 and matched that, in 2004, with a win in San Francisco, but then kinda faded a bit. Porto Cervo could be the turning point, with Barking Mad leading at the end of day one.
In some ways, Richardson’s performance was eclipsed by that of a newcomer. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis may sound Italian, but he and his yacht Transfusion come from down under and this is not only his first time up against the big boys, but his first time in non-Australian waters, so a win a race win today was impressive. Reigning champion Vincenze Onorato won’t have been too surprised though, he said after practice “The Australians are very good, the new team, Transfusion, is very fast.” Transfusion pic by Kurt Arrigo and more here.