Goombay Smash has won the 2008 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship. The boat, owned by William Douglass beat eight teams in Miami Beach, Florida. Douglass’ team’s finished in the top three in nine out of the 10 races run by the Storm Trysail Club. Douglass was presented with a commemorative Rolex timepiece by Farr 40 Class Secretary Bunny Wayt.
Commenting on the event, Douglass said: “This regatta represents a big improvement for us. We were fast and our crew work was sufficient to get us around the course. It’s great to be sailing against very well sailed boats.”
Within his first year of campaigning Goombay Smash, Douglass won the Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds in Miami Beach last April. This was his first win with tactician Morgan Larson, who last served as substitute tactician on the first day of the 2008 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship for eventual winner Vincenzo Onorato on Mascalzone Latino. Goombay Smash finished the Worlds in 14th.
Barking Mad, with tactician Terry Hutchinson, finished in second place, tied on points with Nerone in third. Vasco Vascotto served as tactician on Nerone, which won the Farr 40 Match Race Invitational, held earlier in the week, November 18-19, in Miami Beach.
The Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship was also supported by SLAM and Harken as well as Edgewater Boats and Southern Spars, both divisions of North Sails.