Farr 280 Reviews from the Pioneer Owners

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The Farr 280 One Design has obvious appeal – impressive good looks, spectacular speeds, the cachet and confidence of being the latest one-design from Farr Yacht Design, and a high quality build and finish by Premier Composite Technologies.

Farr Yacht Design has an unequalled reputation when it comes to creating successful one-design classes including the Farr 40, Farr 30 (formerly Mumm 30), and most recently the Volvo Ocean 65, which has produced boats so equal that podium positions on trans-ocean legs have been separated by mere seconds.

The Farr 280 is already establishing itself as the one-design of the future: enjoying level-rating racing at this year’s Quantum Key West Race Week, and its own one-design start at Charleston Race Week – the largest keelboat regatta in the USA. In Europe the prestigious Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week expects four Farr 280 entries at this world-famous regatta, which takes place in August from 8-15, 2015.

However, for the earliest adopters of the new Farr 280 One Design, the boat’s appeal goes far beyond first-past-the-post racing. We caught up with 10 teams on the burgeoning circuit – from the USA, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and Dubai – to find out more.

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New UK Farr 280 ‘Pandemonium’ in Production

Farr 280 Pandemonium

We are delighted to announce that another Farr 280 will be joining the UK fleet this summer. Richard Rankin is the lucky new owner and will take delivery of his boat ‘Pandemonium’ in time for Cowes Week this summer.

Richard also test sailed the C&C 30 but the Farr 280’s high build quality and fun factor won him over,

“The Farr will be fun to sail, full stop. Then there’s a lot to learn if you want to be competitive. I think that’s interesting, to have something you can get better at, but actually enjoy it anyway.”

Ease of ownership and boat handling were also important factors when choosing his new boat,

“I used to have a 12-Metre, and gave it up last year. The Farr 280 intrigued me as something completely different, the other end of the scale. I’ve got two children and they’re 24 and 22, and I feel really comfortable with them taking it out with their friends, as opposed to something bigger and more complex that I’d worry about.”

Richard’s first event on the Farr 280 will be Cowes Week when we expect to see four boats line up against each other in what promises to be an exciting week of racing.

Farr 280 Fleet On The Move

With two more Farr 280’s joining us here in the UK this summer, it’s clear to see that the boat lends itself very well to travel and allows crews to campaign international events with ease. It’s the perfect size to fit inside in a 40ft high cube container making the process of moving boats by ship simple to manage and keeping costs down.

The Farr 280 is also simple to tow. Over the winter we transported hull #3 by road from Cowes, Isle of Wight to Dusseldorf Boat Show and then on to her new owner in Switzerland. The boat’s cradle can be mounted on a specially designed trailer that holds the boat safely at an angle which brings it within road legal dimensions here in Europe and can be pulled behind any large car or 4×4.

This ease of transportation provides Farr 280 owners with the opportunity to sail their boat in many different locations and we look forward to seeing many Farr 280’s travelling between events both across Europe and internationally.

PRESS RELEASE – Cowes Communications Agency to Manage Fastnet Race Celebrations for the Third Consecutive Time

Activate Switch, a full service communications agency from Cowes, Isle of Wight, has been contracted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, to manage all of the shoreside festivities for the prestigious Rolex Fastnet Race for the third time.

The expert and experienced events team from Activate will provide, on behalf of the Rolex Fastnet Race management team, 24 hour shoreside service for the 90th anniversary of the event which will see over 300 yachts sailing 600 nautical miles from Cowes to Plymouth in August 2015.

In 2013, Activate worked closely with the RORC to move the event’s base from The Barbican to Mount Batten Peninsula so that all of the competing yachts could be berthed in one  location and in 2015, the plan is to build on the success of the last event. Activate will create an event village, with state-of-the-art facilities, including luxurious media and hospitality lounges for race organisers and sponsors, high quality catering, modern toilets and showers for the competitors and a 24 hour bar for everyone to take full advantage of!

The culmination of the event will be the prize-giving, ceremony, complete with air display and a rocking crew party for more than 1,000 competitors, to be staged in the Rolex Fastnet Race, village.

Activate Switch runs a number of high profile marine events as well as provides graphic design, branding, sponsorship and corporate hospitality services. Anyone wishing to find out more about how Activate Switch could help their event should contact Joe Hall via info@activateswitch.com or call 01983 200901.


New Farr 280 ‘So Steamy’ Arrives in the UK

Farr 280 'So Steamy' Downwind

After a safe trip back from Dubai, a brand new Farr 280 has arrived in the UK. Named ‘So Steamy’ she has been well received by her new owners Nick and Annie Haigh who have been breaking her in during the second weekend of the Warsash Spring Championships. With her fluoro green branding ‘So Steamy’ is hard to miss and certainly turned heads on the water!
After a full weekend of racing, the crew were enthusiastic about the boat and they had lots of fun on the water. Racing in a class with yachts over 10ft bigger, conditions were no doubt tricky for ‘So Steamy, but we look forward to seeing ‘So Steamy’ going head to head with similar sized performance yachts in the High Performance Class at the Vice Admiral’s Cup later this month.

The Start of a Rebellion

The PCT built Carkeek 40 MKII, ‘Rebellion,’ has arrived in the UK. This is one of the first really high performance IRC racing boats to enter the UK for some years. With fast lightweight boats now starting to rate better under IRC and RORC’s announcement of a high performance class in this year’s Vice Admiral’s Cup, we look forward to seeing more fast planing boats like the C40 appearing on UK waters soon.

Demand for this size of performance race boat is strong and PCT expects to complete the build of hull #3 by mid-summer 2015.

‘Rebellion’ is due to compete at the Warsash Big Boat Series, Vice Admiral’s Cup, IRC Nationals, Round the Island Race, RORC Channel Races, Cowes Week and the Rolex Fastnet.


Farr 280

Farr 280 UK Activate Switch

Project: Farr 280 Sales & Marketing
Duration: August 2014 – Ongoing

Activate is the sole UK agent for the new award winning Farr 280 Grand Prix One Design Racing Sailboat. After a series of successful demo sails, this exciting new boat is making waves in the top yachting circles and has received much praise and positive interest from industry experts and elite professional sailors worldwide. Working with Farr Yacht Sales, our aim is to bring a long awaited new grand prix one design to the UK and Europe, which everyone will want to be a part of.


The Farr 280 is a new production racing yacht from Farr Yacht Design. This compact and innovative sailboat offers high quality, first class design features and is set to bring exhilarating grand prix inshore racing to the under 30 foot sailing arena. The Farr 280 is quick both upwind and downwind and can be handled by 5-6 crew with ease.


The Farr 280 has attracted much media interest and positive press reviews including two prestigious awards from Sailing World and Yachts and Yachting Magazine.

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Flying start to first season for Farr 280s

The first full season for the Farr 280 class is off to a flying start, with victories won and competitive racing planned under a range of handicap systems.

In January, four Farr 280s competed in Key West Race Week in the PHRF 1 division. ‘RED,’ racing in their very first regatta with the boat, won the division on handicap, coming out on top of the 280 one design ‘class within a class’ whilst also beating a Farr 30, C&C 30 and two J/122s.

Over the five days of racing on windward-leeward courses, conditions varied from 5 to 18 knots of wind. Reviewing the results from Key West, the 280s performed very well against the fleet in light to moderate conditions (up to 10 knots), and also excelled on the final day of racing in 16 to 20 knots.

Meanwhile in the U.K., the Vice Admiral’s Cup – a highly popular three-day event organised by the RORC/Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Cowes – will include a high performance division for the first time in 2015. The rating band for entrants will be determined by displacement-to-length Ratio (DLR), to create a high performance class of planing designs competing against the Farr 280 for fast and spectacular racing, under IRC. This should create excellent opportunities for the Farr 280 – both race results, and rating studies, have demonstrated that the 280 will excel when competing against similar boats.

The Farr 280 is also planning to create a significant impact at the world famous Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week Regatta, from August 8 – 15 when Farr 280’s from the UK, Europe and Dubai will be racing for the first time in a big fleet. We welcome all new Farr 280’s to come and enjoy this event, which is going to be great fun and highly competitive.

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Test sails for anyone interested in joining this exciting and rapidly expanding new one design fleet will be available from April 2015. Contact joe.hall@activateswitch.com to reserve your test sail.

ActivateSwitch ‘gilding the lily’ at the Luxury Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show

Nautor's Swan Stand at London Luxury Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show

Nautor’s Swan has again engaged the services of Activate Switch Limited, following the company’s successful event support at the Swan European Championships 2013.

This time, Activate has been tasked with designing and building a stand at the prestigious Luxury Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show at Old Billingsgate in the City of London – 8th :10th April. Positioned in the middle of the largest financial centre in Europe, and just a short distance from some of the world’s most exclusive residential districts, this event is designed to attract London’s elite.

Scheduled to coincide with a time when many of London’s wealthiest international residents and visitors are ‘in town’, just after the start of the ‘Flat’ racing season; this event is perfectly timed for when many people buy yachts, book-up their summer yacht charters or purchase new cars for the fine weather ahead.

To fit in with this refined environment, Activate Switch has designed an understated Nautor’s Swan display from which to feature and promote their beautiful range of exclusive and fabulous sailing yachts. From 53’ to 115’ in length, the range is comprehensive. Designed by the Frers Design Team, in Milan, the boats are recognised as the world’s best blue-water sailing yachts; combining performance with beauty and comfort.

If you have an event that requires an empathetic approach, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Call Joe Hall on 01983 200901 or email joe.hall@activateswitch.com