Saturday 19 April 2008

Frederik @ Farr 40 Worlds in Miami with the family

Frederik, Mary, Christian and Isabella have been in Miami for the World Championship of the Farr 40 class during the past week. Frederik has been in competition mode while Mary and the children have been supporting the Nanoq team.

In a press release from Regatta Frederik spoke of yesterday's racing:
Nanoq, the entry helmed by HRH Crown Prince Frederik finished the race in fourth, the next in 10th although the Danish team added a 10% scoring penalty. That performance moved them into 6th place overall. "It was a very good day," said the Crown Prince. "The first race was amazing for us. We had a good start, actually our starts have been good since the Pre-Worlds. We had the right race tactics."

Although he makes such an impressive performance sound simple, he admitted that he prefers sailing upwind. "Downwind was a struggle," he said. "We were scared a bit of our downwind sailing. We stayed in our lanes, focused and kept our lanes, taking time with our jibes."

It certainly helps to have Bouwe Bekking, the Volvo Ocean Race legend, onboard. The relationship has been a solid one since the past Worlds in Copenhagen. "I listen to what he says, making slow movements with the tiller," said the Crown Prince. "It's difficult in medium to light wind. We have a lot of talking and feedback sailing downwind. We had someone calling the far away puffs and the near puffs. We tried to avoid anyone jibing behind us."

And if he could choose, what kind of conditions would the Crown Prince prefer tomorrow? "Ideally, there will be no wind and no racing," he joked. "We prefer light wind. We'll work like we did today and remember our boat mode, the same as today."

The first photo is the opening ceremony of the World Championships and shows Mary and Frederik (left of photo) © photos from ROLEX, Aarhus Stifstidende, Hola and Hello

Some of the racing action (pics © ROLEX)

Latest Farr 40 news
Latest results Nanoq is in 6th place with two races to go!

Upcoming venues announced for future Farr 40 World Championships:
2009 - Porto Cervo, Sardinia (June 24-27)
2010 - Dominican Republic in the Caribbean
2011 - magical Sydney, Australia (that's a quote!) :)

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