ROLEX BIG BOAT SERIES
Clockwise from top-left — Scott Easom's 'Eight Ball' smashes downwind; the Farr 30s were almost always tightly bunched; 'Standard Deviation' shows off the median downwind look for the responsive and challenging Farr 30s.
Farr 30s A 7-8-2 in the 12-boat fleet was not how anyone expected Deneen Demourkas and her team on Groovederci to begin the Farr 30 World Championships. But in her ninth attempt to win the class's worlds, and after two Tours de France à la Voiles in the boat, Demourkas — and everyone else in the fleet who has sailed against
her — knew the regatta was far from over. After all, there were still eight more races scheduled for the division — it was the only one to sail more than seven, and the only one to sail exclusively on the North Course — over the rest of the weekend. Demourkas — the current class president — came out swinging the following day, putting up a 2-1-1 to reclaim precious points, while the Bay's Scott Easom and his crew on Eight Ball kept adding low scores to their scoreline and maintained
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was one that will not likely be forgotten by anyone who sailed, or watched.
a one-point margin over former world champion Jim Richardson on Barking Mad after six races. Saturday's weather caught just about everyone unawares, and one race was all it took for the R/C to send the fleet in, when what had been an appropriate level of carnage on the race course suddenly became overwhelming. With the fleet spewed all over the course, and the crews and boats — not to mention sails — getting beat to hell in the steep Circle chop, the decision was made to try to make up the two lost races the following day. With the lightest breeze the fleet had From left — 'Groovederci' getting a groove on downwind; a proud John Demourkas congratulates wife Deneen: "My world champion," he said. "Now I have to see if I can still live with her!"; moments after crossing the finish line of the decisive final race, the 'Groovederci' crew take a well-deserved breather and photo-op.
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