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.
Celebrating 10-years of the RC44
Celebrating the world's best sailors and the influential businessmen that have raced shoulder-to-shoulder since the RC44 stormed into the international racing scene 10-years ago.
From the Middle East to Europe, the Caribbean to America, over the last ten years the RC44 Championship Tour has visited some of the world's outstanding sailing venues in search of the ultimate racing experience.
RC44 Portsmouth Cup wrap-up
Portsmouth: After a week of fickle winds and challenging racing Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika raced one of their best regattas to-date, scoring one of the biggest wins in the one design keelboat class' recent history when she claimed the RC44 Portsmouth Cup by a massive 14 points.
Fleet Racing Day 4 - Massive win in Portsmouth for Nika: golden wheels for Aqua
Portsmouth: Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika today scored one of the biggest wins in the one design keelboat class' recent history when she claimed the RC44 Portsmouth Cup by a massive 14 points.
Fleet Racing Day 3 - Reward and punishment at the RC44 Portsmouth Cup
Portsmouth: Among the 11 teams competing at the RC44 Portsmouth Cup, seven have now won races, showing the level of cut-throat competition that exists in this one-design keelboat class that today sailed its penultimate day of fleet racing on Hayling Bay.
Fleet Racing Day 2 - Artemis Youth's best day ever
Portsmouth: While a 10th place in the first race finally put a blemish on the score line of Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika, the Russian team subsequently posted a consistent 2-2. As a result they continue to lead this third event in the 2016 RC44 Championship.
But demonstrating how close the RC44 fleet is at this stage of their season, across the six races sailed so far, there have been six different winners. And even a boat which to date hasn't scored a race win at the RC44 Portsmouth Cup, or indeed a second, was today's second top scoring boat in Artemis Racing Youth.
Fleet Racing Day 1 - Team Nika finds order from chaos in Portsmouth
Portsmouth: Fleet racing at the RC44 Portsmouth Cup began today on a new race course, laid further east beyond the Solent towards Hayling Bay. Despite this, conditions remained ultra-shifty, making for a challenging, high scoring day for all of the RC44 teams. Except Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika.
Match Racing - Bonenosec wins the day in Portsmouth but Nika takes the lead
Portsmouth: The eastern Solent threw up a magnificent opening day of competition for the RC44 Portsmouth Cup with the wind mostly blowing at 10 knots before building to 20+ ahead of a squall. Once this kicked in it provided the high speed thrills and spills for which the nimble one design RC44 keelboat is famous in these conditions.
RC44 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MARINA DE SOTOGRANDE WRAP-UP
Sotogrande: Watch our round-up of all the action from the 2016 RC44 World Championship Marina de Sotogrande
FLEET RACING DAY 4 - TEAM CEEREF WINS RC44 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN TWO HORSE RACE
Sotogrande: The RC44 World Championship Marina de Sotogrande had a worthy winner today in Igor Lah and his Team CEEREF crew, the second occasion the Slovenian team has claimed this prize. But this was only after some anxious moments off the…
FLEET RACING DAY 3 -TEAM CEEREF, AHEAD BUT FAR FROM SAFE IN RC44 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Sotogrande: It may have seemed like Sotogrande, home of the 2016 RC44 World Championship, threw up perfect conditions for the penultimate day of the competition. But, once again, it was shifty in extremis, with the wind generally lighter. As a result,…
FLEET RACING DAY 2 - BASSADONE’S GIBRALTAR GREYHOUNDS ON THE ASCENT
Sotogrande: For day three of the RC44 World Championship, Sotogrande laid on the conditions for which it is famous: brilliant sunshine and wind regularly over 20 knots. Appropriately local hero John Bassadone and his largely Spanish crew on Peninsula Petroleum Sailing…
FLEET RACING DAY 1 - TEAM CEEREF MASTERS ATLANTIC WINDS
Sotogrande: Day one of the 2016 World Championship was held in stiff 20+ knot winds that topped out at 27 knots, creating boat speeds of 20+ knots, plus a worthy test for crews. After race one, the fleet was ordered back…
MATCH RACING - SQUALLY SOTOGRANDE STUNTS MATCH RACING DAY
Sotogrande: The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain', but for the opening day of match racing, the Andalusian port received an unseasonal, but thorough soaking.
RC44 BERMUDA CUP WRAP-UP
Bermuda: Bermuda's Great Sound threw everything it could at the RC44 fleet for the first round of the 2016 Championship Tour. With a breeze ranging from 5 -25 knots and a race track full of passing lanes we round-up all the…
FLEET RACING DAY 4 - TEAM AQUA HANGS ON IN LAST RACE NAILBITER IN BERMUDA
Bermuda: A last minute charge from Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team was not enough to displace Chris Bake’s Team Aqua from the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of the RC44 Bermuda Cup.
FLEET RACING DAY 3 - TEAM NIKA’S DAY IN THE SUN
Bermuda: Despite near perfect conditions for racing on Bermuda’s Great Sound, the penultimate day of the RC44 Bermuda Cup was one of snakes and ladders, the smallest mistakes having crippling consequences.
FLEET RACING DAY 2 - YOUNG GUNS LINE-UP ON BERMUDA’S GREAT SOUND
Bermuda: Helmed by Gustaf Lidvall, with Sweden's most successful Olympic sailor Freddy Loof calling tactics, the Artemis Racing young guns lined-up on Bermuda’s Great Sound.
FLEET RACING DAY 1 - TEAM AQUA PREVAILS AGAIN IN BERMUDA
Bermuda: With four races sailed on day one of fleet racing in Bermuda Team Aqua never dropped off the podium. Scoring 2-3-1-3 saw her return to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club leading, two points clear of Vladimir Liubomirov's Bronenosec Sailing Team.
MATCH RACING - BRONENOSEC THE CLASS ACT IN BRISK BERMUDA
Bermuda: For the first round of the RC44’s 2016 championship, Bermuda today demonstrated exactly why it is a perfect venue for next year’s America’s Cup.
THE STAGE SET FOR 2016 RC44 CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR
We take a sneak-peak at what the teams can expect from racing this seasons opener, the RC44 Bermuda Cup.
DAY 4 FLEET RACING - RC44 VIRGIN GORDA CUP
Artemis Racing today won the fleet racing at the RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup, with a four point margin over Peninsula Petroleum, having led from the outset of the four day regatta. While this was close, the outcome of the 2015…
DAY 3 FLEET RACING - RC44 VIRGIN GORDA CUP
Conditions on the penultimate day of the RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup turned volatile, with 30 knot gusts and intermittent torrential downpours causing dramatic fluctuations in the wind. As a result just two races were held before a bigger, more intense…
DAY 2 FLEET RACING - RC44 VIRGIN GORDA CUP
Despite the wind gods repeatedly throwing curve balls at competitors in the RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup, today Torbjörn Törnqvist and his Artemis Racing crew firmly consolidated their lead in this regatta. The Swedish team led going into the day and…
DAY 1 FLEET RACING - RC44 VIRGIN GORDA CUP
Competition could not have been closer for the opening fleet races of the RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup. The only consistent aspect of the day was the balmy 30°C temperature, with the wind speed having a far greater range than forecast,…
MATCH RACING HIGHLIGHTS - RC44 VIRGIN GORDA CUP
Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team prevailed today at the conclusion of the 2015 RC44 Match Racing Championship held on the idyllic waters of Virgin Gorda’s North Sound in the British Virgin Islands.
SEAMASTER SAILING - RC44 CASCAIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Watch the Seamaster Sailing feature on the RC44 Cascais World Championship in the October edition of the programme.
DAY 4 FLEET RACING - RC44 CASCAIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
A giant conclusion to the RC44 Cascais World Championship, with 20+ knot winds and 2m high seas, was a three horse race that culminated in Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika claiming the title ahead of Vladimir Liubomirov's Bronenosec Sailing Team and…