With an amazing 24-point lead, Alex Roepers and his tactician, Quantum’s Terry Hutchinson, captured the Farr 40 title at the 50th Annual Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco. With this win, Roepers and his boat Plenty clinched the Farr 40 International Circuit Championship after an impressive sailing season.
Roepers told the Farr 40 Class Association:
"We are extremely happy with how well the event went and feel very fortunate to win one of the world's greatest regattas," Roepers said. "It was one heck of a score line and the crew deserves a lot of credit for that. Nobody knows better than I how hard it is to win a race in this class. To win five in one regatta is really something."
"It's definitely been a fantastic season for the boat. Obviously, I have a new crew this year and collectively they have done a fantastic job. It also helps that I've gotten better myself as a helmsman," Roepers said. "Our goal for the last seven years has been to win a world championship. That is what we've been building toward this entire season and I can say at this point that we feel well-prepped for the worlds."
His crew includes professionals Morgan Trubovich (headsail trimmer), Skip Baxter (main trimmer), and Greg Gendell (bowman), as well as Ted Hackney (offside trimmer), Scott Holmgren (grinder), Matt McDonough (mast), Nate Reynolds and Dimitri Simons (pit).
This win is another in victory during the successful 2014 season for Roepers and the Quantum-powered Plenty, which includes victories at the Rolex North American Championship in May, the California Cup in June, and a second place finish at the Midwinter Championship in March. Next up is the elusive World Championship at the San Francisco Yacht Club, Oct. 15-18. Congratulations and good luck!
For full results of the 2014 Rolex Big Boat Series, click here.