Theres something in the eyes of Farr 40 racers when they get off the water after a day of hard racing. Maybe its the competitiveness in the class, or the high skill level that many crews have reached, or the extremely crowded mark roundings. Whatever it is, when you talk to one of them after a day of racing, you get the feeling that these crews have seen more racing in one day than most of us see all year. The Farr 40 fleet at the 2002 Acura SORC is no exception. We passed seven boats in six boat lengths today, said Brad Read, a J/24 world champion from Newport who knows more than a thing or two about competitive one-design racing and is sailing on Bambakou this week. We were heading towards a (downwind) finish on the port tack layline when one of the crew said the pin looked really favored. So we put the pole on the headstay and aimed at the pin. We passed seven boats that were on the starboard layline in the six boat lengths before the finish. Its the very essence of Farr 40 racing, but as quickly as you can pass seven boats, you can also lose ten. And while the crew of Bambakou arent in the top three, Read says that theres absolutely no reason to feel bad about it. When you get ping-ponged at a gate and look around to see who else it happened to, youll see great tacticians like Baird and Madrigali right there with you.