Team Aqua takes control of RC44 Sotogrande Cup

Sunday, 30 April 2017

 

After a day of racing cancelled due to severe sea conditions, the RC44 Sotogrande Cup boats ventured out in marginally improved conditions. Once again the wind was not the issue but an initially massive sea state that had the nimble RC44s disappearing in the troughs up to their spreaders. To make matters harder the wind and the wave train weren't aligned with boats sailing along the giant waves on starboard tack and crashing directly into them on port. And then there was the torrential rain that made the decks extremely slippery and helped cause two man overboard incidents – both crew successfully recovered.

Once again the day had three different winners with Russian Alexander Novoselov's Katusha for a second time winning the opening race of the day, while John Bassadone and his Gibraltar team on board Peninsula Petroleum claimed race two and Bronenosec took today's third and final, marking a first ever race win in the RC44 for new co-helmsman Kirill Frolov, despite this only being his second day of racing in the class.

Team Aqua may not have won a race but a consistent performance - while Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika, the leader going into racing, suffering a poor spinnaker drop leaving them last in today's final race - was enough to launch Chris Bake's team in first place overall with a three point cushion.

A further three races are scheduled for tomorrow, but with the start time moved forward to 1100 CET.

For full results visit: www.rc44.com/results

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29 April 2017 - RC44 Sotogrande Cup - Fleet Racing Day 3

Once again the day had three different winners with Russian Alexander Novoselov's Katusha for a second time winning the opening race of the day, while John Bassadone and his Gibraltar team on board Peninsula Petroleum claimed race two and Bronenosec took today's third and final, marking a first ever race win in the RC44 for new co-helmsman Kirill Frolov, despite this only being his second day of racing in the class.


Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 April 2017 )