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January 16, 2008

Annapolis, MD - Farr Yacht Design had an outstanding year of victories in offshore events in 2007, with several important victories credited to Farr designs in a wide variety of classes. Perhaps our most outstanding achievement was in the IMOCA Open 60 Class, where designs from Farr Yacht Design won every class event in 2007. "The Open 60 class represents a fertile test bed for innovative design features and we are pleased to see the results of our efforts come in the form of victories and podium finishes for our clients over a wide range of events", said Patrick Shaughnessy, Vice President of Farr Yacht Design.

Design 604 STP65 ROSEBUD
Design 604 STP 65 ROSEBUD

Transat Ecover B to B Bahia, Brazil 12/07
  • 1st GITANA EIGHTY, Open 60 (603/2), Loick Peyron
  • 3rd FONCIA, Open 60 (602/2), Michel Desjoyeaux
Transat Jacques Vabre Le Havre, France 11/07
  • 1st FONCIA, Open 60 (602/2), Michel Desjoyeaux & Emmanuel Le Borgne
  • 3rd CHEMINÉES POUJOULAT, Open 60 (498), Bernard Stamm & Tanguy Cariou



Rolex Fastnet Race Cowes, UK 8/07
  • 1st Open 60, PRB, Open 60 (602), Vincent Riou
  • 2nd Open 60, CHEMINÉES POUJOULAT, Open 60 (498), Bernard Stamm



Saint Nazaire to Saint Malo Race St. Nazaire, France 6/07
  • 1st Monohull, FONCIA, Open 60 (602), Michel Desjoyeaux
  • 2nd Monohull, DELTA DORE, Open 60 (609), Jérémie Beyou
  • 3rd Monohull, PRB, Open 60 (602), Vincent Riou



Calais Round Britain Race Calais, France 6/07
  • 1st PRB, Open 60 (602), Vincent Riou
  • 2nd DELTA DORE, Open 60 (609), Jérémie Beyou



Boats designed by Farr Yacht Design also won first-to-finish and overall trophies in a grueling Rolex Fastnet Classic where a substantial amount of the entries withdrew from the 608-mile race. Despite the conditions, a new race record was set by Mike Slade's Farr 30M Leopard 3, with Ger O'Rourke's Cookson 50 Chieftain taking overall IRC handicap honors, and Vincent Riou taking the IMOCA Open 60 line honors in PRB.

Most recently the 628-mile Rolex Sydney Hobart race provided IRC wins for Farr Yacht Design boats in four out of five classes, as well as the first three places overall on IRC handicap. Roger Sturgeon's Farr STP65 ROSEBUD had a string of victories in their Australian campaign topped off by first place in the Sydney Hobart. Syd Fischer's RAGAMUFFIN (Farr 52) was second overall and Ray Roberts' QUANTUM RACING (Cookson 50) was third overall. David Beak's Beneteau First 44.7 MR BEAKS RIBS took division D and The Farr 1020 ZEPHYR owned by James Connell and Alex Brandon won Division E.

"The Sydney Hobart race attracts an extremely competitive IRC fleet and it is very satisfying to see our designs, including custom race boats with canting keels, lifting keels, and fixed keels, as well as production boats, top their divisions in this demanding race", said Patrick. "Consistently winning in competitive fleets has caused an increased interest in IRC and Open 60 commissions for our team. The new commissions are a welcome substitute for the America's Cup work that is currently on hold. We look forward to continuing the development of our designs through 2008."

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