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by New Zealand Marine Artist Jim Bolland

Vincenzo Onorato and his ‘MASCALZONE LATINO’ are the 2008 Rolex Farr 40 World Champions, achieving an amazing third backto-back victory in this super competitive class. The nine-race regatta sailed near Miami, Florida, came to a victorious end for the ‘RASCALS’ on April 19.

MASCALZONE LATINO’ in winning mode. Photo © Cindy Saunders.

‘As I told my crew before the start, it is quite impossible to do,’ said Onorato of winning again. ‘But we did it, thank God. It was a tough week.’ What made the accomplishment even more remarkable, was that Onorato had not one, but two substitutes for regular tactician Adrian Stead in Morgan Larson and John Kostecki.

‘It’s incredible for a good reason,’ said Onorato, who has competed in the Farr 40’s since the Class’s early days. ‘Driving was a lot of stress for me. I had to tune up with another guy each day. John is an incredible talent. To be able to tune up with a guy like him is fantastic.

For the complete article, including discussions on ‘Alinghi’ and ‘Oracle’, Kiwi sailors, the International Star Class, 'GP42 QUEBRAMAR CUP', 'Phuket Race Week' and much more, click here.

Visit Jim's website to see his paintings of the America's Cup as well as Commissioned works he has painted.

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