Speaking of Barking Mad, Linda Lindquist-Bishop and Derby Anderson are chicks sailing on Barking Mad, which after Day 2 is still leading the Farr 40 World fleet in Porto Cervo. Linda explained how chicks are getting found more often on these boats. “We used to sail these boats with nine, but about three years ago we changed from fractional kites to big mast head kites and now we sail the boats completely differently within the maneuvers. A tenth person used to be an extra that just filled in, but now they have a very specific set of tasks on board. The tenth pair of hands is very useful. It’s a strength position too, so it is a good combination to have a good, strong, light person and if you look we have Olympic level sailors in that tenth position.” She went on to explain why Barking Mad is on the route to success today “In the words of my great sailing mentor, Buddy Melges, the best strategy is to get out in front and stay there and that is what we did in the first race today. In this fleet an awful lot of it is about the start and that is why you see everyone just really choked up on the line, wanting to be in the right place at the right speed right at the gun, because literally a quarter boat length off the line, without enough pace, and you’re buried and you really have to fight back.” Pic from Kurt Arrigo and lots more from him, Stefano Gattini and Adriana Giangrande here.