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Nerone Wins Farr 40 Worlds

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Nerone Wins Farr 40 Worlds

After getting off to a slow start, the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds finished strong, with Massimo Mezzaroma’s Nerone (Italy) only locking up an overall victory on the final race of the regatta.

This marks the second time Mezaroma has won the Farr 40 Worlds. His first win came in 2003. Second place in this year’s regatta went to Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion (Australia). Defending champion, Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad, from the United States, finished third.

This year’s regatta, which was held in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic, got off to a slow start, with light winds the first day and no racing at all on the second. The fleet of 10 boats was also down substantially from the 25 that competed in 2009.

Nonetheless, the regatta finished in dramatic fashion, with principal race officer, Peter Reggio, getting in three races in building winds to fully round out the 10-race series. The final race of the day was marked by a gusting breezes that at times caught the Farr 40 crews off-guard, especially as they headed downwind.

“After last year at the Worlds in Sardinia we were a bit sad, because losing in the last race of the series is very tough. This time we won! Sometimes it comes, sometimes it goes,” Mezaroma said afterward.

The next Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be held in Sydney in February 2011. For more information, click here.

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