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 to reserve your test sail.