Collins wins Farr 400 class at Quantum Key West

Collins wins Farr 400 class at Quantum Key West

George Collins' iconic Chessie Racing team won the Farr 400 class at Quantum Key West 2013 topping the five boat fleet and also finishing a very creditable third overall in the HPR class.

The highly experienced team, which includes three veterans of the Stars & Stripes America’s Cup programme, who really only joined the class as there was no appropriate place in the regatta for Collins' Swan 601 of the same name, are so enthused with their experience with the Farr 400 that they have pledged to compete again in March in Miami.

“To be fair we had won the class by a little bit already but we had another two great races today. And it has always been close and exciting. We had a couple of good starts and were especially pleased to come back from last to fourth in the last race and in the other we came off best
in a great match race with Santa, which has Jesper Bank on board, and he is not a bad match racer so we were quite pleased to beat him and his crew!” smiled Ian Gordon of the Chessie Racing crew.

“The winds have been great all the way through the week, stronger in the first races and then tapering off which has been just fine.”

Chessie Racing is the first Farr 400 to have been built and was made available to the team by Farr Yacht Sales and builder Premier Composite Technologies for Collins' team, which started out in the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race.

“The boat is just fantastic to race. Our opinion of it has gone up absolutely exponentially this week. It is fun and exicting. The fleet is so evenly match on One Design terms.”

“The big thing for us has been consistency. We have a very good and experienced group of guys who were able to keep the boat fast. We worked hard on the trim and tune and some of that comes from having three guys who were on the Stars & Stripes programme. We spent a fair bit of time getting the rig set up right.”

“But, equally it does say a lot for the boat and the class that we were able to do this with boat number 1 with sails that are two years old.”

“And we were generally competitive under HPR other than against the Carkeek 40’s who finished first and second and were designed to the rule. So we are expecting to be even more competitive in Miami once some adjustments
have been made to the rule.”

Second Farr 400 in the HPR Class was Claus Landmark’s Santa, which does not score in the One Design Farr 400 class as it is not owner driven, and so second place went to WS Shelhorse’s, Meridian X.

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