ROMA 2 wins GP42 Global Cup

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Congratulations to Filippo Faruffini’s team onboard ROMA 2 (design #640) who have just won the 2009 GP42 Global Cup. The team managed to put together a very consistent average of 2.25 across 12 races to finish 6 points clear of their nearest rival.

The regatta which was predominantly sailed in moderate conditions showcased the well rounded performance of this FYD product. Farr Yacht Design played a large supporting role in the ROMA program for the 2009 season. After the 2008 season an in-depth analysis of the boat’s performance led to FYD recommended hull and appendage modifications in order to improve the boat’s light air performance. I sailed with the sailing team myself as part of the crew for 4 regattas during the 2009 Medcup. Late in the season FYD also supported several boat modifications including a change to the rudder geometry.

Certainly this victory is a well deserved result for the team that finished only 1 point out of the overall 2009 Medcup lead. Congratulations again to Filippo, Paolo Cian, and the rest of the ROMA 2 team.

Design 640 (ROMA 2 and NEAR MISS) was inspired by my 2007 season of sailing with the ROMA 1 team and led to a combination of CFD research and design work that produced these 2 sister-ships. Ongoing CFD development this year at FYD indicates that significant fertile ground exists for further GP42 development. Anyone interesting in fielding a dominant GP42 effort for the 2010 season should contact FYD to talk about the GP42 focused development work we have planned for this winter.

Patrick Shaughnessy