by Jo Grindley
The 13 strong RC44 fleet have arrived in Trapani for round two of the RC44 Championship Tour after having travelled more than 4000 nm across the Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, through the Suez Canal and into the Mediterranean. The teams spanning eight nations are ready for the first day of racing in the 2013 RC44 Trapani Cup on Wednesday 1st May.
RC44 fleet in Trapani
After an impressive start to the season in Muscat, Oman back in February, the Russian team Katusha will look to continue their excellent start to the season. With new tactician Andy Horton (USA) calling the shots, Katusha stand at the top of both the fleet and match racing tables after one of this five event series.
2012 RC44 Fleet Race Champions, Team Aqua are in second overall with Torbjorn Tornqvist’s (SWE) Artemis Racing in third. Paul Cayard (USA) will be the man stood by Tornqvist’s side this week in Italy, as the Swedish team’s longstanding tactician Morgan Larson (USA) competes in the next act of the Extreme Sailing Series in China.
RC44 Trapani Cup 2013 - Team Italia (ITA 7)
Racing in home waters will be Massimo Barranco and his Team Italia, part of the team hosting the RC44 Trapani Cup with the Vela del Sud Sailing Team, a group who are devoted to creating an international yachting hub in Sicily.Trapani has a history of hosting top international yachting events, but wants to continue their long maritime tradition as Massimo Barranco explained.
'The fact that one of the most beautiful parts of our country, Sicily, and the splendid city of Trapani, with their long maritime tradition, have been chosen to host the second stage of the RC44 Championship Tour makes us very proud. Our seas will once again form the ideal backdrop for a premium international yachting event. The Trapani regatta is a great opportunity to find out all about the other aspects of our wonderfully warm and welcoming land, and to enjoy each and every moment to the full. Here in this rich and resourceful land is where the Vela del Sud Sailing Team was born, devoting its efforts to creating an international yachting hub in Sicily. It’s a tough challenge wich we have been building day after day along with all those who share our passion for this unique and compelling.'
Team Aqua’s tactician, Cameron Appleton gave an insight into the conditions he is expecting for this week’s racing at the RC44 Trapani Cup. 'Statistically, we should have fairly strong winds but as always we never know, anything could happen. The teams haven’t sailed in a strong breeze for quite a while so it should be an interesting event. The first team that manages to adjust to the weather will be the one ahead of the pack!'
RC44 Trapani Cup 2013 - Ironbound (USA1)
Even though the RC44 class has an owner driver rule for the fleet racing and 50% of the crews must be amateur, the competition is fierce. With teams arriving early in Trapani to get some extra practice in ahead of the event, 'All the teams put a great effort into their sailing, and you clearly notice when a team changes something. Everyone takes their RC44 sailing very seriously and the level is so high. There is a huge amount of respect between the teams,' Appleton explains.
The strong Sirocco wind is due to settle before the first day of racing on Wednesday 1st May. Day one will see the annual Match Race Championship continue, before four days of fleet racing for the RC44 Trapani Cup.
Racing gets underway at 11.30 (CET) Wednesday 1st May.
|Overall Fleet Race Results(After one event)1Katusha |
5Synergy Russian Sailing Team
6RC44 Team Ceeref
9RUS7 Sail Racing
11Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team 6
|Match Race Results(After one event)1Katusha |
4Synergy Russian Sailing Team
7RC44 Team Ceeref
9Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team
10RUS7 Sail Racing Team
Brian Benjamin (GBR) /Ian Williams (GBR)Aleph Racing (FRA17)
Hugues Lepic (FRA) / Mathieu Richard (FRA)Artemis Racing (SWE44)
Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) / Paul Cayard (USA)Ironbound (USA 1)
David Murphy (USA) / Paul Goodison (GBR)Katusha (RUS 007)
Gennadi Timchenko (RUS) / Andy Horton (USA)MAG Racing (POL44)
Krzysztof Krempec (POL) / Piotr Przybylski (POL)Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1)
John Bassadone (GBR) / Vasco Vascotto (ITA)
Igor Lah (SLO) / Michele Ivaldi (ITA)RUS-7 Sail Racing Team powered by AnyWayAnyDay.com (RUS7)
Kirill Podolsky (RUS) / Serguei Chevtsov (RUS)Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS 13)
Valentin Zavadnikov (RUS) / Ed Baird (USA)Team Aqua (GBR 2041)
Chris Bake (GBR) / Cameron Appleton (NZL)Team Italia (ITA7)
Massimo Barranco (ITA) / Flavio Flavini (ITA)Team Nika (RUS 10)
Vladimir Prosikhin (RUS) / Tomislav Basic (CRO)