Voodoo Chile declared Farr 40 national champion

It’s been a four year endeavour and this afternoon the Tasmanian crew on Voodoo Chile were declared Australian Farr 40 champions.

“We first came up to Sydney in 2008 and went away with our tail between our legs,” said a glowing Andrew Hunn, co-owner of Voodoo with his boat partner of eight years, Lloyd Clark. “In 2011 we finished top ten at the worlds in Sydney and decided we would build on that.
We are fully chuffed to have pulled this regatta off. It’s fantastic to get up because of the competition; I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a battle for second.”

Hunn said it was an honour to sail their final three of a 12 race series on Sydney Harbour in front of yachting legend Sir James Hardy and Farr 40 class manager Geoff Stagg, out from the USA for a site recce for next year’s Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Sydney. 

An even bigger highlight for the crew was looking across to the Chapman spectator boat to see the ‘Red Panda’, the nickname for Clark who took a quick trip back to Hobart overnight and was back on the course today to nervously count the points and give the thumps up to the winners from the Deep South. “We weren’t expecting to see the Red Panda; it really gave the boys a lift. No question,” Hunn added.

Clark has in turn gifted his own nickname to Voodoo Chile’s tactician David Chapman, always known as ‘Chappo’ and now also called ‘Sachin Tendulkar’, in reference to the former Indian cricketer’s own nickname, ‘The Little Master’.

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and Transfusion finished second by six points. The five time Australian champion team was forced to muster something special for the final race 12 or face the prospect of finishing out of the top three, given four of the six boat fleet had a foothold on second overall.

“We pulled off a second in the last race and got back on the podium so we go home with a little bit of silverware,” Belgiorno-Nettis this afternoon, Saturday March 28, 2015 dockside at the host Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. “A very deserving Australian title win to Andrew and Lloyd and their great crew. They have been working very hard for a long time; in my view Voodoo is a world championship crew. If you are going to be beaten by somebody it’s a pleasure to be beaten by them. The championship has gone to the most deserving in the fleet.”

Another strong day of results for Gordon Ketelbey’s Zen landed them third overall and winning Corinthian Farr 40.

Sydney Harbour on a Saturday is hectic and club races for Ynglings, Etchells, Dragons and all other manner of vessel required another layer of judgment, on top of the 20 degree wind shifts from the south to SE at an average 10 knots.

The season finale marks the end of a three year association between the Australian Farr 40 class and keynote sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management.

“Aberdeen has been a fantastic sponsor, we hope they enjoyed the experience and we thank them again for their extraordinary support of the class. It’s very much appreciated,” acknowledged Hunn, the class President.

Aberdeen’s Australian managing director Brett Jollie responded, “I’d like to thank everyone involved with the Farr 40s over three series. We’ve had a wonderful association and I’m very appreciative of the effort to support Aberdeen and our guests. Congratulations to the owners and crew for their efforts over the last few days; it’s been a fantastic spectacle with the backdrop of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Congratulations to Voodoo Chile, to Andrew, Lloyd and the crew for taking out the national title for the 2014/15 season.”

Some in the Aussie fleet will head to the USA in a few months’ time to join the international circuit for the West Coast and North American championships, and the Rolex World Championship at Long Beach, California in September.

Please find below the final day 3 video highlights from the Aberdeen Asset Management 2014/15 Farr 40 National Championship for the John Calvert-Jones Trophy.

Woodlands Wines dinner

Andrew Watson, winemaker at the acclaimed Woodlands winery, will visit the Squadron on 9 April to guide you through a selection of his award-winning wines. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn about the craft of organic and biodynamic wine-making first-hand. 

To complement the wines, we offer you a delicious three course menu, featuring: Cured Ocean Trout, Slow Roasted Lamb Rump and a variety of Artisan cheeses. 
Event: Thursday 9 April, 6.30pm for 7.00pm sit down.
Cost: $95.00pp, includes three course menu with canapés on arrival, and Woodlands wines with dinner.
If you have any queries, please contact Jamie Dickinson at jamie@rsys.com.au or 9017 0121.  

Tuesday Twilight Series

Despite an overcast and drizzling afternoon, crews braved the inclement weather for the final race of the Henri Lloyd Clothing Tuesday Twilight series.  Even more impressive was the record turnout back at the Careening Cove Anchorage for the prizegiving.  

Many thanks to Henri Lloyd for supporting the event in providing our weekly crew participation lucky draw prize and the prizes for the overall series podium boats.

Thank you also to the boats in the fleet (Arietta, Enigma, Genovefa, Hang Ten, Jackie Clare, Love Child, Lumine Lunae, Rapunzel and Viken) that took on board recent LOTS (Ladies of the Sea) graduates. 






Ladies Division Pointscore - Jan Rowed Memorial trophy 

  1. ALLEGRO  Jackie Taylor          
  2. VIKEN  Marguerite King
  3. JACKIE CLARE  Debbie Davidson & Rene Chapman

Yngling Spinnaker Division Pointscore - Lady Helm trophy 

  1. MISS PIBB  Alana Bracken
  2. YERTLE  Jan Newland
  3. SHINING STAR  Stephanie Rofe & Louisa Ryan

Ladies Division 3 week trophy series - Gypsy Moth IV trophy

  1. CAVATINA  Penny Scardifield
  2. GENOVEFA  Genevieve Slattery
  3. ALLEGRO  Jackie Taylor

Yngling Division 3 week trophy series - Bluebird trophy 

  1. YERTLE  Jan Newland
  2. MISS PIBB  Alana Bracken
  3. SHINING STAR  Stephanie Rofe & Louisa Ryan

Open Division Pointscore

  1. CAN CAN  Trish & Roman Tarnaw
  2. IMPETUOUS TOO  Graeme Lambert  
  3. GAIL FORCE  Graeme Smith


Gallipoli Centenary Rally

Gallipoli Centenary Yacht Rally Opportunity
The Royal Thames Yacht Club is organising a two week rally to celebrate the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915. The rally starts in Canakkale in the Dardanelles on 2 June and will finish at Cesme on 16 June 2015.
The programme includes Rally dinners at Canakkale, Bozcada and Cesme. There will also be opportunitites to visit some of the amazing antiquities in the region such as Troy and Pergamon. Winery visits will be organised at Gallipoli and Bozcaada.
Please click here for further information and booking forms. 

Voodoo wins Farr 40 state title against crackerjack NSW fleet

Lloyd Clark and Andrew Hunn’s Farr 40 Voodoo Chile sailing for Tasmania beat the host state’s majority line-up to be declared NSW champion at the penultimate contest of the class’ 2014/15 season.

The Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 NSW State Title wrapped up on Sydney Harbour this afternoon, the teaser to the calendar’s crowing point, the John Calvert-Jones Trophy National Championship that starts this coming Thursday, March 26, 2015.

“We haven’t won a NSW title before and we are pretty chuffed to take it off a majority NSW fleet,” said Hunn. Even with a six point margin to Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion in second, Hunn says the tidy Sydney crew is still the benchmark. “Our crew work wasn’t quite as slick as theirs and we expect them to come back pretty hard in the nationals. The outcome today is not a definitive result.”

The dueling Farr 40s have shadowed each other at every encounter and they both want the main prize, and deserve it. Transfusion’s capped team has secured five national titles since 2009. Voodoo has been on the verge of greatness for the past couple of years and is spring-loaded to keep the trophy out of Belgiorno-Nettis’ hands this time around.

Boat of the day and third overall in the two day eight race series went to Jeff Carter’s Edake. “We are very pleased with our results going into the nationals. To finish boat of the day ahead of Voodoo and Transfusion is really something; it’s the first time ever,” said the thrilled Middle Harbour Yacht Club skipper.

He reckons getting off the line cleanly and hooking into the first left hand shift was the differential in the average nine knot E-ENE breeze on Sydney Harbour. Maintaining impetus downhill and keeping your lane counted for plenty too. “If you lost concentration on the downhill in particular, you’d quickly give up your spot. It was super close racing, typical of the Farr 40s.”

Carter gave a pat on the back to the Corinthian crew of Carl Russett’s Windy Too for travelling from Pittwater to sail against a crackerjack fleet. “They get the best improved, in the final race they were much closer to the front runners than yesterday.”

“We didn’t hurt anyone,” acknowledged Russett. “Yesterday was a shocker though we’ve had a great time. The other guys have been so very accommodating and helpful, some of Transfusion’s crew changed one of the blocks on our spinnaker pole track after finding a spare somewhere. The camaraderie and kindness has been fantastic, it really has been an experience.

“I would encourage all the guys at the top level to have a go; it’s been a hoot and a completely different style of sailing for us. Our youngest crew is 47 and we have some in their 70s; everyone else enjoyed a nice break between races while they were waiting for us to finish,” Russett joked from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron soon after the presentation of regatta trophies.

Farr 40 crews have three days to make any changes then on Thursday March 26 they return to the RSYS for the John Calvert-Jones Trophy national title, a three day all-out on water engagement for the right to be added to the Australian Farr 40 champion honour roll.

Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 NSW State Title 2015 at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron



Series Resultsup to Race 8
Sail No Boat Name Skipper Sers Score Place Race 8 Race 7 Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
AUS8888 VOODOO CHILE L Clark A Hunn 16.0 1 1.0 5.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0
AUS6422 TRANSFUSION Guido Belgiorno-Nettis 22.0 2 4.0 2.0 5.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0
007 EDAKE Jeff Carter 26.0 3 2.0 4.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 5.0 5.0
AUS5868 KINDERGARTEN Rod Jones 27.0 4 3.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 4.0
64221 ZEN Gordon Ketelbey 29.0 5 5.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 3.0
6024 WINDY TOO Carl Russett 48.0 6 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0

By Lisa Ratcliff / Australian Farr 40 media