From Slovenia, the fleet will move to Scandinavia for the 44Cup Marstrand over the 24 – 28 June. A favourite for the RC44 fleet racing over the midsummer period the Swedish island comes alive ashore with sailing fans lining the dock and thrilling big wave racing for the teams.
The picturesque island of Marstrand, with its New England-style architecture, has been a regular host of the RC44s which have visited annually since 2011, with the exception of 2016. In 2017 and 2018 it was the venue for the RC44 World Championship, which was won both times by Vladimir Prosikhin and Team Nika making them the first ever team to win a hat-trick of 44Cup World Championship titles.
2019 again saw Marstrand host the 44Cup World Championship. Holding an eight point advantage going into the final day Chris Bake’s Team Aqua finally achieved the trophy which had alluded them for the last 13 years - the 44Cup World Championship Crown. The team claimed the 2019 title ahead of Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika and Torbjörn Törnqvist’s local heroes aboard Artemis Racing.
What to expect from Marstrand
In the far west, where the archipelago ends and the open sea begins, you find the island of Marstrand with Carlsten Fortress at the top. The sailing town and seaside resort Marstrand is a favourite with visitors. It is home to a harbour filled with all kinds of boats, cosy homes along car-free streets, top restaurants and cafées, sun and salty swims, music and spectacle.
A short ferry ride across the strait brings you to the island. On Marstrand, visitors can find both nightlife and quiet tranquillity depending on when they choose to go. Its cosy block, tiny alleys and nooks, the dominating fortress and ocean views at every turn, stir strong emotions. The jetties of Sweden’s largest guest marina are filled to the brim with boats of all sizes and Match Cup makes Marstrand the sailing capital of Sweden.
How to follow the racing
Make sure you don't miss a moment of the 44Cup Marstrand with our guide to how to watch the racing:
ON THE DOCK
The boats will be moored on Marstrand Island from Monday 22 June. Practice racing will take place on Tuesday 23 June in preparation for the weeks racing.
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