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Count down to the RC44 Malcesine SLAM Cup

by Bernard Schopfer on 9 Jul 2008
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The fourth event of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2008 begins tomorrow, July 9, with the match racing event. After a full round robin, the teams will compete in the fleet event from Friday to Sunday.

The RC 44 Malcesine SLAM Cup reassembles some of the world’s best sailors, including Dean Barker, Philippe Presti, Cameron Appleton, Sébastien Col, Russell Coutts, Kelvin Harrap, Markus Wieser, James Spithill and many more.

Organised by Fraglia vela di Malcesine, the RC44 Malcesine SLAM Cup is the second event held on a lake this season, after the Austria Cup.

The event also marks the beginning of a new partnership with SLAM, who becomes the Class' official clothes supplier.

The teams involved:

(Name of team, owner, pro sailor)

Team Hiroshi - Città di Milano, Armando Giulietti / Sébastien Col
Team Banco Espirito Santo, Patrick de Barros / Dean Barker (match)
Team Aqua, Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton
Team Ceeref, Igor Lah / James Spithill
Team Carbon Affair, Nicholas Verwilghen / Michel Vaucher
Sea Dubai, DIMC, Markus Wieser
Team Beecom, Isao Mita / Kelvin Harrap
BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison / Russell Coutts (match)
Team Organika, Maciej Nawrocki / Philippe Presti

Note: Russell Coutts and Dean Barker will swap boats for the fleet regatta.

RC 44 Championship Tour 2008 (after 3 events):

1) Team Hiroshi - Città di Milano, 72 points
2) Ceeref, 97 points
3) Team Banco Espirito Santo, 100 points
4) Team Aqua, 104 points
5) Sea Dubai, 128 points
6) BMW ORACLE Racing, 160 points
7) Cro-A-Sail, 166 points
8) Beecom, 171 points
9) Team Organika, 182 points
10) Mascalzone Latino, 241 points
11) Magia, 261points
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