standard Jones finds more success

Well known Australian yachtsman, Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones, keeps racking up success after success and is making his triumphant return to Australian shores after another win on the USA based ‘Groovederci’ in the BMW Farr 30 World Championship. 

It has been an incredible season for the newly crowned world champions – clocking up 15 first places over the past two regattas and going undefeated at Key West Race Week

Groovederci was a stand-out in the fleet, not only for its successful season, but also due to 14 of the 22 yachts in the regatta being locally based. Overcoming the significant local knowledge in the fleet was certainly a testament to the skill of Jones and the rest of the crew.

“It wasn’t an easy regatta by any standards,” Jones explained. “With winds up to 20 knots and shifts of up to 30 degrees, consistency was the key.”

The conclusion of the Farr 30 Worlds marks Jones’ return to local waters. Having recently competed in the Cork Week regatta in Ireland, and New York Yacht Club Race Week, the Sydney based sailor is anticipating some time at home.

“It will be great to spend at least a week with the family. I’m really looking forward to Hamilton Island Race week. It’s one of the best venues in the world and I always enjoy sailing in home waters,” the veteran yachtsman said.

At Hamilton Island Race Week, which starts on August 18, Twirler will compete aboard Greg Prescott’s Melges 32 ‘2 Unlimited’, on which he last helped her owner to a decisive win at the Sydney Harbour Regatta in March. 

Jones then returns to the United States to compete in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship and Melges 32 World Championship.