DAY 3 - 44CUP CASCAIS - ALL CHANGE AT 44CUP CASCAIS BUT CHARISMA GETS EVER STRONGER
After two days of sun, Atlantic swell and prevailing northwesterlies, conditions turned around for day three of the 44Cup Cascais. Overnight the wind veered into the south and in the morning the eight RC44 teams waited ashore for an extra hour and half as the wind filled in.
DAY 2 - 44CUP CASCAIS - HIGH SCORING DAY AT THE 44CUP CASCAIS
While the opening day of the 44Cup Cascais saw the rare occurrence of one boat - Nico Poons' Charisma - winning all three races, on day two it was back to the 44Cup ‘norm’ with lead changes and three different winners. Charisma performed consistently enough to maintain her lead at the half way stage, with a four point advantage over Igor Lah's Ceeref powered by Hrastnik 1860, today's overall winner - despite an 11th hour tactician change with British two time 470 World Champion Nic Asher flying in this morning to stand in on tactics for Adrian Stead.
DAY 1 - 44CUP CASCAIS - DAY ONE HAT TRICK FOR NICO POONS' CHARISMA
Traditionally a team of black or white results, Charisma of Monaco-based Dutchman Nico Poons was very much in the latter phase, when his team defied the odds to win all three races on the opening day the 44Cup Cascais. This annihilation of his ultra-competitive opposition comes after Charisma was on the ‘receiving end’, having suffered an eighth-placed finish at the 2022 44Cup's first event in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote back in February.
Welcome to the 44Cup 2022
The 44Cup is ready to launch into 2022 stronger than ever with a full fleet of ten boats. The 2022 season will start where it left off in Lanzarote, hosted by the Calero Marinas, over 9 - 13 February. Following the season opener, the fleet will move on to one of the sailors favourite spots, Cascais, Portugal for event two over the 11 - 15 May.
The 44Cup will return to the picturesque island of Marstrand in Sweden over the 29 June to 3 July for event three followed by the 2022 World Championship hosted for the first time in Portoroz, Slovenia over the 12 - 16 October. To close the 2022 season in December, the 44Cup will travel to the middle east for the first time since 2014 hosted over the 7 - 11 December in Muscat, Oman.
Day 4 - 44Cup Calero Marinas - Ceeref takes it to the wire at the 44Cup Calero Marinas
Going into the final day of the 44Cup Calero Marinas, Igor Lah’s Ceeref powered by Hrastnik 1860 held a strong 11 point lead. Normally this would have seen them packing their bags early, having won with a race to spare. However this is the 44Cup, home of high performance one designs and owner-drivers surrounded by Olympic medallists, America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race winners and nothing is ever certain. Ultimately the Slovenian team did win here in Lanzarote, but for several tense minutes victory seemed to have fully slipped through their fingers.
Day 3 - 44Cup Calero Marinas - CEEREF shining after massive day
Four races were held on day three of the 44Cup Calero Marinas in perfect trade winds conditions – sun, waves and easterly winds at times gusting to 20 knots.
Day 2 - 44Cup Calero Marinas - Tiny lead for CEEREF at halfway stage
After a zero wind opening day of the 44Cup Calero Marinas in Lanzarote, forecasts indicated day two might repeat this. In fact, after an hour’s delay, an easterly filled in and built to 12-14 knots, allowing three good races to be held.
Day 1 - 44Cup Calero Marinas Lanzarote - Not normally like this
Watch the roundup of a windless day 1 at the 44Cup Calero Marinas.
44Cup 2022 - LET'S GO!
For its 15th season, the 44Cup will see ten teams on the start line for the first event of 2022 in Lanzarote, hosted by Calero Marinas in Puerto Calero over the 9 - 13 February.
Day 1 - 44Cup Calero Marinas 2022 - Not normally like this
Watch the roundup of a windless day 1 at the 44Cup Calero Marinas.
DAY 4 - 44CUP Calero Marinas - NEWBIE WINS IN LANZAROTE AS TEAM AQUA CLAIMS 2021 44CUP
Over four of the most difficult days of racing in 44Cup history, an impressive seven races were still held at the 44Cup Calero Marinas Lanzarote frequently in 5-6 knots wind, conditions, frankly, in which most other yachts would have been unable to race.
DAY 3 - 44CUP CALERO MARINAS LANZAROTE - CHARISMA SHINES ON DIFFICULT DAY
While the forecast didn’t look hopeful, the nine RC44 teams were patient and the race committee persevered and eventually were rewarded with one successful race when the wind filled in to 6-7 knots. In this it was the immaculate Team Aleph that led around the top mark. But Nico Poons’ Charisma took the lead on the first downwind and then defended well to gain the Dutchman’s team its first bullet of the regatta.
DAY 2 - 44Cup Calero Marinas - HERO TO ZERO AND BACK IN LANZAROTE
Conditions off Lanzarote’s moon scape south coast took on a different character for day two of the 44Cup Calero Marinas Lanzarote, with much improved sailing conditions albeit with the 8-12 knot wind blowing either along or off the shore.
DAY 1- 44CUP CALERO MARINAS LANZAROTE - FIRST BULLET TO TEAM ALEPH
The 44Cup Calero Marinas Lanzarote, final and deciding event of the 2021 44Cup, got off to a difficult start today. To race the nimble RC44s only need 5/6 knots of wind and on several occasions the race committee valiantly began a start sequence in more than this, only for the wind to disappear.
Day 4 - 44CUP Scarlino World Championship - EXTRAORDINARY DAY CONCLUDES 44CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
A last minute manoeuvre by Nico Poons’ Charisma won them the final race of the 44Cup Scarlino World Championship by a mere second, but it was the defending champions on Chris Bake’s Team Aqua that defended their title in this 11th RC44 World Championship by one slender point. Like a final curtain call to this World Championship, as well as a reminder of how close the racing always is between the high performance owner-driver one designs, the top eight RC44s all crossed the finish line for the final time within just 20 seconds after 40 minutes of racing.
Day 3- 44CUP Scarlino World Championship - ONE POINT SEPARATES LEAD THREE AFTER 20+ KNOT DAY
Conditions could not have been better for day three of the 44Cup Scarlino World Championship. Blowing 20knots off mountainous Tuscany, the offshore breeze was shifty and puffy. It caused numerous lead changed and seemed to favour no one. Thus, to make up the schedule after a lost opening day four races were held and each featured a different winner.
Day 2 - 44CUP Scarlino World Championship - One point separates top seven after three
After 30 knot winds prevented any racing on day one of the 44Cup World Championship in Scarlino, Italy, the race committee pulled out all the stops to ensure racing took place today, by bringing the start time forwards by two hours. Racing at the 11th 44Cup Scarlino World Championship was finally able to get underway just after 1000 this morning. Three races were successfully held in the bay off Marina di Scarlino in a northerly that built to 20 knots gusting 25.
Day 1 - 44Cup World Championship Scarlino - Maria Torrijo explains
44Cup Principle Race Office Maria Torrijo explains the opening day of the Worlds in Scarlino.
DAY 4 - 44CUP COWES - FLAT OUT TO THE FINISH
The final day of the 44Cup Cowes was always going to be big. Despite the overnight seven point gap between the leaders Aleph and second placed Ceeref, experience told Hugues Lepic and his team that they should take nothing for granted.
DAY 3 - 44CUP COWES - CHANGING GEAR
Practice or showcase, call it what you will, the 44Cup fleet simply call it another opportunity to line up against each other. And while starting off the Royal Yacht Squadron to canon fire is always special, so too is the opportunity to push your opponents hard as you work your way west along the famous Cowes Green. So, while the race from the Squadron to the starting area counted for no points, the short beat and long run provided a valuable opportunity for all to lock in numbers and techniques for the day.
DAY 2 - 44CUP COWES - STEPPING UP THE ACTION
Since arriving in Cowes for the 44Cup all eight teams had been expecting conditions to build for the second day of racing and with 20-24knots to kick things off, that was precisely what was delivered.
But as if easing the fleet into the day, the east going tide was kind to the fleet holding them back from the line at the start and keeping the sea state relatively flat. As the day progressed and the tide turned against the breeze, the fun dial was wound up. The wind speed built, the sea state increased and the downwind legs became full-on foam-ups.
DAY 1 - 44CUP COWES - TIGHT FROM THE START
What the opening day of the 44Cup in Cowes lacked in sunshine it more than made up for with close racing.
The morning had started with just 8-10 knots of breeze and flat seas but, as the day played out a series of subtle changes took place that kept everyone from trimmers to tacticians on their toes.
DAY 4 - 44CUP MARSTRAND - MASTERS OF MARSTRAND FOR A FIFTH TIME
It is rare even between the ultra-close RC44s for an event to go to the wire in such an extreme way as it did at the conclusion of the 44Cup Marstrand.
DAY 3 - 44CUP MARSTRAND - TEAM AQUA’S BIG BOUNCE BACK
Just when the pecking order seemed to be firming up at the 44Cup Marstrand, so today’s final race off the picture postcard Swedish island, turned the results on their head, yet again
DAY 2 - 44CUP MARSTRAND - TEAM ALEPH JOINS THE DOTS
In an example of the high performance RC44 one design class’ typically ultra-close racing, so yesterday’s winners dropped to the bottom of the pile at the 44Cup Marstrand today as those managing to remain the most consistent rose gradually to the top.
DAY 1- 44CUP MARSTRAND - STRONG START FOR TEAM AQUA
The 44Cup Marstrand had a tricky start today off the Swedish paradise island bearing its name. A weather front slowly moving across the west coast of Sweden brought with it solid 25 knots winds, 30+ gusts and the real prospect of no racing for the eight owner-driver RC44s. However mid-afternoon, as the front’s torrential rain arrived, so the wind dropped and PRO Maria Torrijo was able to coax the teams and their high performance one designs out on the water.
44CUP PORTOROZ EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
Watch the full event highlights from the 44Cup Portoroz. The opening event of the 2021 44Cup Championship Tour.
DAY 4 - 44CUP PORTOROZ - TEAM CEEREF RETAINS HER GOLDEN WHEELS IN LAST GASP
The last day of the 44Cup Portoroz again saw 20+ knot conditions, gusts and shifts that made for close, high adrenalin racing and plenty of opportunities across the race course. After a difficult second day Igor Lah's local Slovenian team, Team CEEREF, was most consistent yesterday and today built on this, posting initially a second. This was followed in race two by a come-from-behind win as Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis Racing, for the first time at this event, led round the top mark. Team CEEREF chose to gybe early, enabling her to cruise into the lead upon which she then consolidated.
DAY 3 - 44CUP PORTOROZ - CONSISTENCY PAYS IN WINDY PORTOROŽ
While Chris Bake's Team Aqua was the undisputed champion yesterday, first home in all three races, today reverted to familiar 44Cup form with three different winners. In the first race John Bassadone's Gibraltar team on their rebranded Peninsula Racing played the right side of the first beat masterfully to lead at the top mark, clinging on to the finish.
DAY 2 - 44CUP PORTOROZ - CHRIS BAKE ON THE RISE
In a fleet as close as the 44Cup's it is rare for one team to dominate. However, perhaps because of the 17 month absence caused by the pandemic, yesterday at the 44Cup Portorož there was one stand-out performer, Team Nika. Today it was the turn of RC44 legend Chris Bake, Kiwi tactician Cameron Appleton and Team Aqua to shine brilliantly.
Day 1 - 44CUP Portoroz - Early lead for local heroes
Having not lined up since November 2019, 44Cup competition resumed today for the high performance owner-driver one designs, with three races successfully held on the Bay of Piran. These started in a 6 knots and built to 12 over the afternoon.
DAY 4 - 44Cup Palma 2019 - FAR BEHIND VICTORY DECIDES 2019 44CUP
It was supposed to be a heavyweight bout between Chris Bake’s Team Aqua and Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika. These two, among the oldest, most successful teams in the high performance one design monohull class, started the 44Cup Palma, the final event of the season, separated by just one point at the top of the 2019 44Cup leaderboard. Behind them Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF went into the 44Cup Palma five points off the lead with Aleph Racing of Hugues Lepic a further point behind
DAY 3 - 44Cup Palma 2019 - CEEREF COULD TURN 44CUP ON ITS HEAD
If Charisma and Aleph were the stand-out teams yesterday, today, the penultimate day of the 44Cup Palma, belonged to Igor Lah's Team CEEREF. In a return to their 2016-17 season-winning form, the Slovenian team won both of today's races. This elevated them to second overall astern of Nico Poons' Charisma which had another solid day leaving them with a six point lead going into the final day.
Day 2 44Cup Palma - TWO BULLET DAY FOR CHARISMA BUT ALEPH LEADS
Yesterday racing was canned with the breeze gusting to 40 knots. Today, despite a large residual swell, conditions appeared more sailable, but for almost two hours the wind failed to settle, its direction pulled around due to the giant clouds crossing the Bay of Palma race area. Although light to moderate, the wind randomly shifted between southwest and northwest and back before finally settling close to the former when, on their fifth attempt, the race committee was able to lay a course successfully.
DAY 1 44Cup Palma - No play on opening day
Winds gusting up to 40 knots and a heinous seastate out on the Bay of Palma, kept the 44Cup fleet at the dock on the opening day of the 44Cup Palma. The wind began veering and dropping mid-afternoon but the left-over sea state precluded the deciding round of the 2019 44Cup from getting underway. “We had a steady 23-25 knots of wind, but the sea states was such, coming from various directions, that it was basically like a cauldron,” reported PRO Peter Reggio. “That combined with the velocity being at the upper end means it wouldn’t have been good racing at all. Fortunately the forecast for the next few days is looking better than it did this morning."
Welcome to the 44Cup Palma
Nine teams will go head-to-head for the grand final of the 2019 44Cup in Palma. Bring it on!
44CUP Cascais highlights 2019
Watch the highlights from the 2019 44Cup Cascais as Team Aqua mastered the large Atlantic swell to take their second event win of the season.
Day 4 44CUP Cascais - Team Aqua win 44Cup Cascais with a race to spare
Whether it is in big waves or small, gale force or sub-10 winds, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua has shone this week and as a result today won the 44Cup Cascais with a race to spare. Although this was common occurrence for Team Aqua during her glory years of 2011-13, winning with a race to spare is very rare these days, such is the level of competition in the high performance one design monohull class.
Day 3 44CUP Cascais - Russian bears wake up
While at the 44Cup Cascais there has been a light first day, a medium second day with a large swell, on day three the Portugese sailing mecca saw winds exceeding the forecast, gusting up to 25 knots, with a short wind-driven chop and a reduced swell.
Day 1 44Cup Cascais 2019 - Charisma and Team Aqua stride ahead
In contrast to their tail end of the fleet finish in Marstrand in July, Nico Poons and Charisma showed the way around the race track on the opening day of the 44Cup Cascais, posting a most respectable 2-1-2
44Cup Marstrand World Championship Highlights 2019
Watch all the racing highlights from an exciting week of racing at the 2019 44Cup World Championship in Marstrand Sweden as Team Aqua wins their first every World Championship title after 13 years of trying!
Day 4 44Cup Marstrand World Championship 2019 - World Championship claimed by Team Aqua
Holding an eight point advantage going into the final day, and then doing enough to hang on, enabled Chris Bake’s Team Aqua to be crowned the 44Cup Marstrand World Champions for 2019. The team claimed this year’s title ahead of Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika and Torbjörn Törnqvist’s local heroes aboard Artemis Racing.
Day 3 44Cup Marstrand World Championship 2019 - Team Aqua launched
After a marginal forecast left the nine strong 44Cup fleet parked at the dock until 1300, the Swedish wind gods came good allowing four races to be held in 8-12 knots on the penultimate day of the 44Cup Marstrand World Championship 2019. This helped the schedule recover following no races yesterday due to a lack of wind.
Day 2 44Cup World Championship 2019 - Skunked on day two
Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and unfortunately today was the latter for day two of the 44Cup Marstrand World Championship 2019.
Day 1 44Cup World Championship 2019 - Aleph Racing least inconsistent
The opening day of the 44Cup Marstrand World Championship 2019 was one of exceptional sailing conditions in 15 knot winds, under brilliant sunshine and usually on top of a short, sharp chop making for an exhilarating, if wet ride for the nine crews competing.
Welcome to Marstrand and the 44Cup World Championship 2019
Highlight of the 44Cup season, the World Championship sets sail tomorrow in Marstrand, the sailing mecca on the west coast of Sweden. Nine of the one design owner-driver monohull teams are competing and as usual in this hotly competitive class all boats in the fleet are capable of winning races but success will come down to which can string together the most consistently good score line over the next four days.
Adris 44Cup Rovinj highlights
What a spectacular second event of the 2019 44Cup season! Relive all action from the Adris 44Cup Rovinj hosted in the newly opened Grand Park Hotel Rovinj.
Day 4 Adris 44Cup Rovinj - Aleph Racing 44Cup winner finally after nine years
This morning Hugues Lepic's Aleph Racing scored their third bullet out of four races, increasing their five point lead at the day's start to a massive 10.
DAY 3 Adris 44Cup Rovinj - Leader change as Aleph Racing goes turbo
While conditions seemed similar to yesterday with a light northwesterly, results on day three of the Adris 44Cup Rovinj demonstrated how fortunes between the slippery, high performance RC44 one design monohulls and their ultra-competitive crews can change in a heartbeat.
Day 2 Adris 44Cup Rovinj - Two bullet day for Charisma
Glory boys of today were unquestionably Nico Poons’ Charisma, who managed to secure bullets in the first and last races. However these sandwiched a costly last place - the classic zero-to-hero way for which the Monaco-based Dutchman’s team is famous. “This is normal for us - I wish I knew why,” admitted Poons. “We need a bit more time to sail together, but the potential in the team is there. We are getting a more stable and cutting out bad results.”
Day 1 Adris 44Cup Rovinj - Five races within one on opening day
A difficult opening day of the Adris 44Cup Rovinj saw just one race completed and a worthy winner in Igor Lah's Team CEEREF. But perhaps never in the history of the 44Cup have so many different teams led during one race.
Welcome to the Adris 44Cup Rovinj
The 44Cup fleet returns to the Croatian gem of Rovinj for the second event of the 2019 tour.
Day 5 44Cup Porto Montenegro - Navigational race highlights
The 44Cup crews were taken out of their comfort zone today for the 44Cup Porto Montenegro navigator’s race, a pro-am event for the usual nine teams, but with more guest racers on board.
Day 4 44CUP Porto Montenegro - Team CEEREF claims golden wheels in Montenegro
The Bay of Tivat came good for the final day of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro with three races held and a most worthy winner in Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. The Slovenian team led this first event of the 2019 44 Cup from the outset. Today neither they nor Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika won a race, but showed impeccable consistency, both enjoying a trio of podium place results, elevating Team Nika from fourth to second overall.
Day 3 44Cup Porto Montenegro - Team Nika wins penultimate day
Dramatic cloud formations over the mountains surrounding the Bay of Tivat and an overcast sky suggested that 44Cup Porto Montenegro competitors would be in for another day of adrenalin-filled competition in winds in the high teens. In the event the wind started dropping almost the moment the timing for the sequence was announced.
Day 2 44Cup Porto Montenegro - Team Aqua top scorer
While the sun was out and the rain held off, Porto Montenegro presented a challenging second day of 44Cup racing with conditions starting off in 10 knots and building to 20 by the close of play this afternoon. A light patch around the committee boat helped create nail-biting photo finishes in two of today's three races.
Day 1 44CUP Porto Montenegro - Welcome to the 44Cup Porto Montenegro
With rivalries renewed, new faces on the tour and new venues to explore we are looking forward to an exciting season.
Introducing the 44Cup
For its thirteenth season, the RC44 Championship Tour has been given a makeover and has been rechristened the 44Cup.
RC44 Cascais Cup highlights
When it comes to racing conditions and high competition the final event of the 2018 RC44 season in Cascais delivered big. Watch all the highlights from the RC44 Cascais Cup to catch up with all the action from on the water. Enjoy!
Day 4 RC44 Cascais Cup - Zero to hero RC44 claims Cascais and Championship
No racing today left Charisma hitting the jackpot, winning the RC44 Cascais Cup, with a three point advantage over Chris Bake's Team Aqua, second on countback to Igor Lah's Team CEEREF. Charisma also overhauled both Team Nika and Team CEEREF to claim the annual RC44 Championship for the first time.
Day 3 RC44 Cascais Cup 2018 - Charisma cleans up in big conditions Cascais
The dramatically different conditions on day three of the RC44 Cascais Cup saw some teams come to the fore today, perhaps better suited to the severe conditions, none more so than Nico Poons' Charisma.
Day 2 RC44 Cascais Cup 2018 - Four races, four different winners
At this half way stage of the RC44 Cascais Cup, Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika is the stand-out leader. The 2018 World Champions, on which Dean Barker calls tactics, won the first race today, as she did yesterday, and remained star performer up until today’s final race. In this she was called OCS and, unlike yesterday, was unable to recover, causing her seven point lead to dwindle to four.
Day 1 RC44 Cascais Cup 2018 - Aqua and Nika edge ahead
Despite being mid-November, Portugal laid on warm temperatures and light winds for the opening day of the RC44 Cascais Cup, the final regatta of 2018 for the high performance one design monohulls.
Introducing the Mirpuri Foundation
New to the RC44 fleet in Cascais is guest helm Paulo Mirpuri with his team Mirpuri Foundation. Find out about his #TurnTheTideOnPlastic initiative and what he thought of his first taste of RC44 racing.
WHO WILL WIN THE 2018 RC44 CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR....
WHO WILL WIN THE 2018 RC44 CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR....tune into www.RC44.com tomorrow from 12.00 GMT to follow the RC44 final.
The best shots from the 2018 RC44 World Championship
From our editors at Icarus Sports all the best shots from the 2018 RC44 World Championship.
Day 4 RC44 World Championship 2018 - RC44 World Championship record third title for Team Nika
Team Nika became the first team ever to claim a hat trick of RC44 World Championship titles after Vladimir Prosikhin, tactician Dean Barker and their crew managed to fend off Igor Lah's Team CEEREF on the final day of big conditions racing off Cascais.
Day 3 RC44 World Championship - Team CEEREF on a charge
Another adrenalin-pumping, top of the range day off Cascais at the RC44 World Championship saw Igor Lah's Team CEEREF claim two bullets from three races, enabling the Slovenian team to stay in contact with Vladimir Prosikhin's ultra-consistent leader Team Nika.
Team Aqua talk carbon-offset, giving up single-use bottles in 2012 and working with 2041
Since the launch of the class in 2007 Team Aqua has been carbon neutral by working with the World Land Trust to off-set the carbon footprint they create when traveling around Europe with the Tour.
Day 2 RC44 World Championship 2018 - New leader at the RC44 Worlds
Day two of their 2018 World Championship will go down in RC44 history books with three races sailed in waves, and at the top of the wind range, forcing teams to break out their no3 headsails and small spinnakers.
Day 1 RC44 World Championship 2018 - Bronenosec's two bullet surprise
Winning two out of today’s three races made Vladimir Liubomirov and Kirill Frolov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team the stand-out performer on day one of the RC44 World Championship.
How the stats stack up for the 2018 RC44 World Championship
Going into the 2018 RC44 World Championship find out who is on form with the best performance stats from the RC44 fleet.
RC44 Marstrand Cup highlights 2018
Watch the highlights from the RC44 Marstrand Cup as Nico Poons' Charisma celebrates their second win of the 2018 season. After their win in the season-opening RC44 Calero Marinas Cup in Lanzarote, Poons is now the leading skipper for the season – the holder of the “golden wheels” – with the class world championship next on the schedule in Cascais in Portugal in September.
Day 4 RC44 Marstrand Cup - Poons enjoys perfect finish
Dutchman Nico Poons and his crew on Charisma triumphed at the end of a thrilling final day in the 2018 RC44 Marstrand Cup which came down to the last run of the 12th and last race in sparkling sunshine off Sweden’s west coast.
Guest sailor - The RC44 VIP experience
Enjoy the best seat in the house with the Guest Sailor spot. Ride on board the RC44 during racing for a truly memorable experience.
Day 3 RC44 Marstrand Cup - Artemis Racing displace CEEREF to take a narrow lead in Marstrand
Torbjorn Tornqvist and his crew on Artemis Racing continued their progressive form on a closely-fought third day at the RC44 Marstrand Cup off Sweden’s west coast, moving from second place to first overall after nine races.
Sailing with dad - Meet Grace Bake, offside trim Team Aqua
Talk about jumping in at the deep end - Grace Bake, 19, tells us this isn't just her first time sailing onboard an RC44 but it is also her first time doing any sailing other than holiday cruising.
Day 2 RC44 Marstrand Cup - Artemis Racing jumps up the leaderboard
Torbjorn Tornqvist's dark blue RC44, Artemis Racing, with the American star sailor Andy Horton on tactics, was the top boat on the second day of the class's Marstrand Cup.
Trying the RC44 out for size
Testing out the RC44 in Marstrand is new Russian crew Tavatuy Sailing Team. In search of a fresh challenge after running a successful Melges 32 campaign, we caught up with the team to get their first impressions of the boat.
Day 1 RC44 Marstrand Cup - Igor Lah's CEEREF dominates in Marstrand
Igor Lah's Team CEEREF, which went into this regatta as the leading boat after the first two events of the 2018 RC44 season, carried on its excellent form off Marstrand today, posting the fleet's best results.
Welcome to the RC44 Marstrand Cup
Practice racing at the RC44 Marstrand Cup - It doesn't get much better than this.
RC44 Portoroz Cup highlights 2018
The RC44 Portoroz Cup was the second event of the 2018 Championship Tour. After 10 races and each of the boats in the fleet having won a race the competition all came down to the final top mark rounding of the final race.
Day 4 RC44 Portoroz Cup - Remarkable come from behind victory for Team Aqua
At the RC44 Portoroz Cup, it all came down to the final top mark rounding of the final race: Team CEEREF of local host Igor Lah picked up a penalty and, having to complete a mandatory turn, dropped her to last place. Meanwhile a second place in this race for Team Aqua allowed Chris Bake’s team to clinch victory overall by just one point from Team CEEREF on this Slovenian stop of the 2018 RC44 circuit, despite their having come last in today’s first two races.
Day 3 RC44 Portoroz Cup - Two races, two more winners
All the boats, bar one, have scored bullets at the RC44 Portorož Cup after two new teams added their names to the list of race winners here in Slovenia. So far in eight races six teams have scored bullets.
Day 2 RC44 Portoroz Cup - Tricky day on Piran Bay
Slovenia continued to deliver on day two of the RC44 Portorož Cup. With another light forecast, crew and race committee were relieved to arrive in Marina Portorož this morning to find a solid northeasterly breeze. Anticipating that this welcome situation might not last, PRO Peter Reggio coaxed crews off the dock early and managed to get the first race underway 20 minutes ahead of schedule.
Day 1 RC44 Portoroz Cup - Tentative early lead for local favourites
With the incentive of playing before their home crowd here in Slovenia and also being holder of the 2016 and 2017 RC44 season championship titles, Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF tops the leaderboard by two points after the opening day of the RC44 Portorož Cup.
Welcome to the RC44 Portoroz Cup
We jump onboard Team Nika in today's training to meet local sailor and event organiser Mitja Margon and find out what the teams can expect from racing this week.
RC44 Calero Marinas Cup highlights 2018
After four days of perfect winter racing conditions, it was Monaco based team Charisma who took the event win, their first in four years thanks to the cool handling of their owner-helm Nico Poons and America's Cup sailing legend Ray Davies calling tactics.
Day 4 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Charisma secures victory as RC44 racing goes to the wire
Nico Poons’ Charisma proved today that there is a new player in town in the one design fleet, as they clung on to their lead from yesterday to win the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup, the opening event of the 2018 RC44 championship. But it came down to the last run of today’s last race when a final curved ball cut the Monaco-based team’s overall lead to just one point ahead of arch-rival, Team Nika.
Day 3 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Charisma strides ahead after challenging day
A North Atlantic cold front, threatening to wreak havoc over Lanzarote, provided Solent-like conditions for the opening race on day three of the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup, the first event of the 2018 RC44 championship. Fortunately, once the front had passed, the wind veered back into the south, the sun came out allowing all the teams to enjoy another memorable afternoon of racing.
Day 2 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Too close to call at the halfway stage in Lanzarote
Lanzarote laid on superb conditions for day two of the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup under brilliant sunshine and winds that started in the sub-10 range before building solidly into the 20s, making for a spectacular action-packed third and final race.
Day 1 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Three races and three winners fire up 2018
The opening day of the 2018 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup indicated firstly how close the season for the Russell Coutts-inspired one designs is set to be and how to win, it will be vital to make zero mistakes.
RC44 Championship Tour 2017: Down to the wire - Episode 3
Episode 3 of the RC44 Championship Tour documentary Down to the wire featuring the 2017 RC44 Championship Tour final in Lanzarote.
RC44 Calero Marinas Cup highlights
Miss any of the action from the 2017 RC44 final? Watch the highlights report to see how Team CEEREF were crowned 2017 Champions.
Day 4 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Second consecutive RC44 title for Team CEEREF
Despite performing dances for the wind gods, the wind failed to materialise for a second consecutive day at the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup in the normally windy Canary Islands. With no racing on the final day, John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum claimed this, the last event of the season. In turn this left Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF to win her second consecutive RC44 Championship.
Day 3 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Wind hole in Arrecife
Saturday was lining up to be the big wind day of the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup, so windy that racing was likely to be cancelled. In the event, it was cancelled only due to a total lack of wind.
Day 2 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Peninsula Petroleum hits the gas
While on day one there was no stand-out crew, today Peninsula Petroleum had the bit between her teeth, claiming race wins in both of today's two races, despite having two helms: Alfredo Morales standing in for John Bassadone who arrived in Lanzarote today just in time to compete in and win race two.
Day 1 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Trickiest of days opens racing in Lanzarote
Consistency was not easy on day one of race, with big Atlantic waves remaining as the wind dropped. Nonetheless it remains close and after three races just six points separates 1st from 8th. Chris Bake and team Aqua had a great day on water and currently leadings but with the Team Ceeref in second, and Team Nika 3rd, Team Aqua will need to stay focused.
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