As they did in 2019, the44Cup will start its 2020 season on the Adriatic Sea with the 44Cup Portorož, Slovenia, over 22 – 26 April. Portorož holds a special place in RC44 history having been the location of the first sea trials for the Russell Coutts conceived one design in 2006 and was where the class’ first regatta was held in 2007.
For the 2020 edition, the event will be hosted for the first time in Portorož town centre with the RC44s moored on the main town pier and the race course set against the backdrop of the walled historic town of Piran.
Defending their 2019 44Cup tour champions title, local heroes Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF will be looking to add their first event win to the scoreboard on home waters: “Sailing under Slovenian flag is for us a great challenge and responsibility”, explained Lah.
“To be located in the city centre will be fantastic for the spectators and teams as we will have the atmosphere and connection to city life alongside the racing. The competition will be tough as all the teams are well prepared and sailing is as close as possible. This gives a lot of challenge and opportunity to everyone.”
What to expect from Portorož
Portorož and Piran offer more than just a leisurely day at the beach! Let the local charms enchant you and try everything the surroundings have to offer. There are a variety of events and activities all year round and you are sure to find one suitable for you. Relaxed or active, as a couple or as a family, on holiday or on business ... find an event which will make your stay unforgettable.
To be announced in the coming days.
How to follow the racing
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ON THE DOCK
The boats will be moored on the main town jetty in Portorož from Monday 20 April. Practice racing will take place on Tuesday 21 April in preparation for the weeks racing.
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