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.
RC44 Championship Tour 2017: Down to the wire - Episode 2
Episode 2 of the RC44 Championship Tour documentary Down to the wire featuring the 2017 Marstrand World Championship.
RC44 Cascais Cup highlights
Are you missing your daily dose of RC44 action? Don't worry, you can watch the RC44 Cascais Cup highlights here...
Day 4 RC44 Cascais Cup - Come from behind win for Katusha in Cascais
Cascais laid on an action-packed day for the conclusion of the 2017 RC44 Championship's penultimate event, the RC44 Cascais Cup. At the beginning of it, Igor Lah's Team CEEREF held a slender lead, but lost it to Charisma. By the start of the third and final race Alexander Novoselov's Katusha was leading by two points. Despite Team CEEREF sailing an immaculate final race, a second placed finish for Katusha enabled the Russian team to win the RC44 Cascais Cup by just one point.
Day 3 RC44 Cascais Cup - New faces win races
Day three of the RC44 Cascais Cup saw three more teams come to the fore for the first time. Conditions were difficult for the race committee, who ran the first race on the 'offshore course' in wind heading for the high 20s, and then had to move the race track into the Tagus estuary. Here the sea state was calmer, but an unusual offshore northerly was causing significant shifts, gusts and holes in the breeze.
Day 2 RC44 Cascais Cup - Big conditions arrive for the RC44s
Again it was a day with three different winners and mixed results for all. Kirill Frolov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team scored the first bullet of the day. Race two was claimed by Alexander Novoselov’s Katusha, so far the only boat in the event to have won two races. There was much excitement in race three as Artemis Racing Youth led around the first mark. The young Swedes fended off a strong challenge from John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum to claim the final race of the day
Day 1 RC44 Cascais Cup - Overtaking manoeuvres
Competition out on the water today showed that it is no aberration that just two points separate the top five boats in the overall 2017 RC44 Championship. After day one the RC44 Cascais Cup leaderboard is similarly tight with just five points separating the top seven boats. Not only were there three different winners, but in each case the winner was not the leader at the first top mark rounding.
Race day preview - RC44 Cascais Cup 2017
With only one training day and one official practice race day allowed in between RC44 regattas, the sailors have to make sure their time on the water counts.
Day 4 RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Battleship Nika sweeps to victory
Team Nika have won the RC44 Marstrand World Championship after a dominant performance across the four days of competition. The final day delivered the strongest wind of the week, with the north-westerly breeze blowing at 15 knots and with a big, lumpy seaway. Vladimir Prosikhin may not have won any races today but he steered Nika to a comfortable victory overall, earning back the trophy he last raised in 2015.
Day 3 RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Nika Unstoppable
A few boats had a good go at the front of the fleet on day three of the RC44 Marstrand World Championship, but none could match the consistency of Team Nika. Vladimir Prosikhin took the winner’s gun in the first race of the day, sailed in 10 knots and lumpy seas. When the rain fell, it made little difference to his fortunes, following up with a second and fourth place. The Russian team have now taken a race win every day of the World Championship putting them 15 points ahead.
Day 2 RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec's young guns hit their mark
Bronenosec Sailing showed some serious interest in the title after putting in some good scores on day two of the RC44 Marstrand World Championship. Vladimir Liubomirov steered the blue boat to victory in the first race of the day, sailed in about 8 to 10 knots of westerly wind. A sixth in the next race was not so special but Bronenosec surged into the lead of the third race of the day, only to let it slip to Artemis Racing on the final run to the finish.
Day 1 RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Things go right for Nika
Vladimir Prosikhin has steered Team Nika into the lead of the RC44 Marstrand World Championship after a solid opening day in Sweden. The Russian crew notched up scores of 2,6,1 in the nine-boat fleet to hold a two-point advantage over defending World Champion, Team Ceeref from Slovenia.
Race day preview - RC44 Marstrand World Championship 2017
Welcome to Marstrand and the 2017 RC44 World Championship. Here is a little preview of what you expect from racing this week!
RC44 Championship Tour 2017: Down to the wire - Episode 1
Welcome back to the RC44 Championship Tour documentary Down to the wire.
For 2017 we are bringing you an exclusive three-part series deal with Bloomberg TV EMEA so you can follow the action and find out just what it takes to race on one of the most competitive one-design racing circuits in the world.
RC44 Porto Cervo Cup Highlights
Watch the highlights from the 2017 RC44 Porto Cervo Cup as Russian Alexander Novoselov and his crew on Katusha took control of the fleet in every condition, from very light to a 25+ knot Mistral, to ultimately win his first ever RC44 Championship event.
Day 4 RC44 Porto Cervo Cup - Deserved first time RC44 victory for Alexander Novoselov’s Katusha
Two full seasons dedicated to the RC44 class paid off today for Russian Alexander Novoselov, his American tactician Andy Horton and the crew of Katusha, when they won their first ever RC44 Championship event.
Day 3 RC44 Porto Cervo Cup - Racing cancelled on penultimate day in Porto Cervo
As a one-design fleet the RC44s are all strictly identical, so what can the teams do to gain that all important winning advantage? We make the most of a day ashore to find out.
Day 2 RC44 Porto Cervo Cup - Katusha ahead after blustery high scoring day
Uncertainty continued about the weather for day two of the RC44 Porto Cervo Cup, hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. In the event, competitors used most of their sails as, after a light to moderate start, the wind kicked in close to the class’ maximum limit and there were several significant shifts. Thanks to all this, there was plenty of excitement and many many lead changes, but it also proved a high scoring day for the nine RC44s.
Day 1 - Porto Cervo Cup - RC44s look for a refund on their Porto Cervo forecasts
John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum holds a slender lead after three races and considerable patience from race officials and competitors alike on the opening day of the RC44 Porto Cervo Cup, hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. While conditions were forecast to be a brisk 15-20 knots, they were anything but this. After race one, the wind shut off for most of the afternoon before a light breeze filled in enabling two more races to sailed, finally completed at 1900 CET.
Practice racing - RC44 Porto Cervo Cup 2017
The teams hit the water today for practice racing ahead of the RC44 Porto Cervo Cup. Join us from 1200 Thurs 29th June - Sunday 2 July on www.rc44.com to see how the action unfolds
RC44 Sotogrande Cup highlights 2017
Watch the highlights from the 2017 RC44 Sotogrande Cup as Team Aqua triumphed in the stormy conditions after a closely fought battle on the final day with local heroes Peninsula Petroleum from Gibraltar.
Day 4 RC44 Sotogrande Cup - Chris Bake grabs victory from jaws of defeat
After two severe days, Sotogrande and the Andalusian coastline laid on perfect conditions for the final day of competition at the RC44 Sotogrande Cup. Mountainous seas gave way to a short chop, torrential rain gave way to brilliant sunshine and a stiff but shifty 20 knot, westerly offshore wind, to provide the tacticians with some welcome head scratching.
Day 3 RC44 Sotogrande Cup - Team Aqua takes control of RC44 Sotogrande Cup
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.
Day 2 RC44 Sotogrande Cup - Rain does not stay on the plain
Rain of Old Testament magnitude descended on Spain's Costa del Sol for day two of the RC44 Sotogrande Cup. While the wind was not excessive, the sea state decidedly was.
Even as RC44 crews and race management surfaced for their breakfast this morning, it was evident that the onshore easterly breeze, that had been blowing all night, had caused the sea state to build to the extent that waves were already breaking over the harbour wall. And so, to applause and unanimous relief from the crews, Reggio announced the cancellation of racing for the day at the morning skippers' briefing.
Day 1 RC44 Sotogrande Cup - Snakes and ladders on opening day of 2017 tour
With the heavy guns out in the RC44 fleet, today's four races had four different winners with giant victories especially for Alexander Novoselov's Katusha in race one and the local heroes on John Bassadone's Gibraltar based team Peninsula Petroleum in race four.
Down to the wire - 2016 RC44 Championship Tour documentary
Find out just what it takes to race on one of the most competitive one-design racing circuits in the world as we recap the highlights from 2016 - the most competitive season in RC44's 10-year history.
RC44 Valletta Cup wrap-up
Valletta: The RC44's 10th anniversary year came to a close at the RC44 Valletta Cup in Malta with one of the closest fought finals in Class history.
Fleet Racing Day 4 - Team Aqua by a point; Team CEEREF by a point
Valletta: Again a RC44 season has concluded with impossibly close results: Chris Bake’s Team Aqua today won the RC44 Valletta Cup by a point from Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF, but with a two point advantage going into this final event, Team CEEREF claimed the overall RC44 Fleet Racing Championship title for 2016 by a point from Team Aqua.
Fleet Racing Day 3 - RC44 podiums wide open going into final day
On the penultimate day of the 2016 tour, it was Team Ceeref who found her form again to put in the most consistent performance. Winning the first race and following this with a third and a fourth, they have reduced the gap to leader Team Aqua, to a mere point.
Fleet Racing Day 2 - Three bullet Bake
Valletta: Chris Bake seemed to light the "touch paper" aboard his Team Aqua on day two of fleet racing at the RC44 Valletta Cup. The longest serving RC44 crew was in league of its own, winning all three races. This propelled them up the leaderboard from fifth to first place. Achieving a perfect scoreline, also leaves Team Aqua with a useful nine-point lead - a strong position for Chris Bake's team.
Fleet Racing Day 1 - Strong start for Katusha
Valletta: While ten teams are muscling up in the RC44 Valletta Cup, the last regatta of the class’ 10th anniversary season, it was not the favourites for the 2016 championship title that prevailed on the opening day of fleet racing here off the coast of Malta. Instead it was Alexander Novoselov’s Katusha, currently seventh on the season’s leaderboard.
For the opening day of fleet racing, conditions were brisk with gusts over 20 knots and choppy seas. Katusha took control of the first race, opting to play the favoured right side and took the first gun to open their account in style. Alexander Novoselov's Russian team followed this up with another win, but then a 9th place, dropping them to second overall, tied on points with Team Ceeref.
2016 RC44 Match Racing Final - Decided in last breath
Valletta: In its tensest conclusion ever, the RC44 Match Racing Championship came down to the very last race of the very last flight in Valletta, Malta, victory ultimately falling the way of Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing.
RC44 Cascais Cup racing report
With the points so tight throughout the week, come the final day of racing at the RC44 Cascais every team in the nine boat fleet was in the running to take win.
Pushing ahead in the final meters of the final race Artemis Racing took the crown, closely followed by Team CEEREF in second and Team Nika in third.
Fleet Racing Day 4 - Artemis Racing claims victory in final metres
Cascais: With spinnakers blowing up all around them, Torbjörn Törnqvist steered his Artemis Racing through the carnage of the final run of the final race to claim the RC44 Cascais Cup by single point from Igor Lah's Team CEEREF
Fleet racing day 3 - BlackWater rises through the ranks
Cascias: After only three events with the RC44 Class BlackWater Team is already posting some impressive results and shaking up the leaderboard. We caught up with Alexander Zaytsev, Andreas Savvidis and Maxim Merzlikin, three friends from Skolkovo Sailing Club, who are just two points off their first ever podium going into the final day of racing in Cascais.
Fleet racing day 2 - Fully powered up in Cascais
Cascais: When racing, keeping the boat fully powered up is vital, so upwind the crew drop-hike over the side keeping their weight out as far as possible, to coax the maximum speed out of their RC44. It is not all about grunt, however. Each crew has their own crucial, distinct role. But to be successful, team work, the crew operating together as a cohesive unit, is the absolute key.
Fleet racing day 1 - What does it take to perform the “perfect start” in Cascais?
Cascais: The responsibility of running the show at the RC44 Cascais Cup falls squarely on the shoulders of the best PRO in the business, Peter ‘Luigi’ Reggio.
We find out what makes a "perfect start" from both the crew and the race committee´s point of view as Team Ceeref executed strong starts on the first day of fleet racing, enabling them to win the first two races. However in the third race their start was a little ‘too’ good - they crossed the line a second too early and had to loop around the race committee boat to restart correctly.
Match Racing - Artemis Racing join Team Nika in the top spot
Cascais: With a five win-one loss record in the match racing on the RC44 Cascais Cup’s opening day, Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing has pulled up on to the same points as Team Nika, overall leader in the RC44’s match racing championship for 2016.