It has been a fantastic week of racing at Lendy Cowes Week, in the Sportsboat (IRC) fleet, with four Farr 280s competing. Two UK Farr 280’s, “Dirty” skippered by Alex Locke and Richard Rankin’s “Pandemonium”, lined up against Piero Paniccia’s Farr 280 “Adriatica” from Italy and Hans Genthe’s Farr 280 “4SALE”, from Hamburg for the second year running.
“We love coming to race in Cowes,” commented Han Genthe sales agent for Farr Yacht Sales in Germany. “We drove overnight and were able to rig and launch the boat at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, before motoring to Cowes. We did the whole trip in 22 hours including assembly of the boat and were at the pub in time for dinner. The easy trailerability and assembly of the Farr 280 makes attending away regattas very easy.”
The four Farr 280s lined up in the mixed Sportsboat Fleet Division 1 of ten boats, racing against five J88s and one Farr 30, Pegasus. With a spread of IRC TCC ratings from 1.030 for J88 J-Dream, to 1.093 for Farr 280 Pandemonium and average race length of 2.5 hours, on paper the highest rated boat needed to finish approximately eight minutes ahead of the slowest to win. The boats were scored in both Sportsboat and as Farr 280s.
In traditional Cowes style, the tides had a large effect on the racing. Early in the week downwind legs were assisted by tide, benefiting the slower boats and towards the end of the week, the opposite was the case. As the downwind legs became longer the Farr 280s were able to stretch their legs. Most evident on Friday’s race, with three Farr 280s coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd and the Farr 30 Pegasus (last year’s overall winner) coming fourth.
Adriatica had a remarkable week, posting four first places and three thirds to win Sportsboat Division 1, and Sportsboat Overall. This is a great result for the Farr 280 and further proves that the boat is comfortable racing in mixed handicap fleets as well as in one design mode.
“We have had a fantastic week of racing, here in Cowes and will definitely come back next year” said Piero Paniccia. “We love this boat, it is fast and furious and the sensation of speed, so close to the water is amazing.”
“Looking to the future, it is clear that one design racing is best, or alternatively when boats of similar performance profiles compete together,” comments Joe, “however, this is not always possible, so it is fantastic that the Farr 280s can also be competitive in handicap racing. Hopefully this will encourage more owners to step into these boats and enjoy some high performance racing.”
For Farr Yacht Design and the future of the Farr 280, this is good news, especially, as the company continues to work on a less expensive Club Race version of the Farr 280 as well as a daysailer version and will be releasing details and prices for these boats in the near future.