Day 1 RC44 Cascais Cup - Overtaking manoeuvres

Friday, 29 September 2017


Competition out on the water for day one of the RC44 Cascais Cup showed that the two points separating the top five boats in the overall 2017 RC44 Championship to be no aberration. After three races the leaderboard is similarly tight with just five points separating the top seven boats. Not only was there three different winners, but in each case the winner was not the leader at the first top mark rounding.

Alexander Novoselov's Katusha, on which America's Cup winning helmsman Ed Baird is standing in here for Andy Horton on tactics, claimed the opening race, something they regularly do. Chris Bake on Team Aqua slipped around the top mark holding a narrow lead, but the Russian RC44 managed to roll them on the first run.

The story was similar in the second race when the Gustaf Lidvall-skippered Artemis Youth, on which Artemis Racing's America's Cup skipper Nathan Outteridge is calling tactics, managed to sneak inside John Bassadone's Peninsula Petroleum to lead at the top mark. However Bassadone was able to roll past the Swedish team on the run, subsequently managing to defend their position successfully for the rest of the race.

In today's third and final race, it was the turn of Vladimir Prosikhin, tactician Terry Hutchinson and the crew of RC44 World Champions Team Nika to lead at the top mark. They managed to hang on for longer and it was only through Igor Lah's Team CEEREF heading out to the extreme right on the second upwind, then tacking back in and applying their starboard advantage over port tack Team Nika that Lah's Slovenian team nosed its way into the lead.

While these were the success stories, all of the frontrunners also today scored deep results. This was not due to conditions being difficult, but down to the ultra-competitive nature of the RC44 fleet at this stage of the season. For example Team Nika would be holding second had their transom not collided with and damaged Nico Poons' Charisma in the second race, resulting a two point penalty. Similarly after her impeccable start to the day, Katusha was OCS in both races two and three. In the former she managed to fight her way back to fourth but was unable to repeat this in the final race, coming home last.

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

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Competition out on the water for day one of the RC44 Cascais Cup showed that the two points separating the top five boats in the overall 2017 RC44 Championship to be no aberration. After three races the leaderboard is similarly tight with just five points separating the top seven boats. Not only was there three different winners, but in each case the winner was not the leader at the first top mark rounding.

 

 


RC44 Press Officer
Jessica Gray
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M: 00 44 7986 25 45 02

About the RC44

Five-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts conceived the design of the light-displacement, high-performance one-design RC44 with naval architect Andrej Justin in 2005. It was created for top level racing in international regattas under strictly controlled Class Rules. The concept and the design features of the RC44 are dedicated to the amateur helmsmen racing in fleet racing sailing events.

Since its 2007 debut, the RC44 Class has held regattas in Europe, USA and the Middle East.

The Class partners are: Pelle P and HYT

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