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FYS Powered by College of Charleston Places First Among Farr 280s at CRW

Published  April 19, 2016.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — "Farr Yacht Sales Powered by College of Charleston" took first place overall among the Farr 280s competing at Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week. The team was helmed by Stefano Peschiera, a junior at College of Charleston, who will be competing for Peru in the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Laser class.


Racing was called off on the first day due to heavy breeze and sea state in the course area - to the south and east of the entrance to Charleston Harbor. One race was sailed on the second day in 20-to-30kt. breeze with 5-to-7ft. seas. Peter Sulick's "Red" came first among the Farr 280s in challenging conditions.


The final day, three races were sailed on the Wando River.  "FYS Powered by College of Charleston" took control of the race into the first downwind leg of the first race. Peter Sulick's "Red" experienced a steering issue forcing the team to retire. Bill Markel's "Standard Deviation" won the last race.


Day-by-day photos and updates are archived on the event page. Plus, see photos and videos of racing on Facebook.

Farr 280s Ready for Racing at Charleston Race Week

Published  April 14, 2016.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Three Farr 280 One Designs are in Charleston for the start of Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week (CRW). Teams have been practicing over the past several days and are preparing for a forecast of strong breeze throughout the event. CRW will be the second event of the season for the U.S. Farr 280 fleet.


The teams are comprised of Bill Markel’s “Standard Deviation,” Peter Sulick’s “Red,” and “Farr Yacht Sales Powered by College of Charleston Sailing” — a team featuring sailors from the College of Charleston’s dinghy team. The College of Charleston team is lead by Farr Yacht Sales America’s head, Jesse Fielding. Stefano Peschiera, a junior at College of Charleston is at the helm. Peschiera will be competing for Peru in the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Laser class.


The three teams have been practicing in 15-20kt. breeze over the past two days, preparing for the three days of racing ahead.


Corinne Durocher, a sophomore at College of Charleston, said, “Yesterday [Wednesday] was our first time on the boat. It was a lot of fun in practice; it was windy so we struggled a bit. Today went better, we figured out everything.” She noted that communication improved as the team practiced more.


Sean Harr, racing onboard “Red,” said, We’re all meshing really well. The boat definitely rewards communication. We’re going through dry runs of everything before we put it to practical use. The boat’s been performing really well — we’ve had a lot of fun. It was great to get the A3 up today and go for a shred — full plaining.”


Tomorrow, for the start of the event, winds are expected to be around 22kts. with 4-too-6 foot seas. Follow along live via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest photos, videos and updates.


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