Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Marcus Wieser and Sea Dubai lead Dubai RC 44 Cup

by Bernard Schopfer on 4 Mar 2008
Dubai RC44 Cup - "TEAM SEA DUBAI," with MARKUS WIESER at the helm and "TEAM HIROSHI - CITTA DI MILANO" (ARMANDO GIULIETTI ) with SEBASTIEN COL at the helm. ThMartinez / Sea & Co - Copyright http://www.thmartinez.com
The day couldn’t have started better for the local team Sea Dubai, representing the organising club Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) after Day 1 Dubai RC 44 Cup.

Indeed, Sea Dubai dominated its match against Team Ceeref - with no less than James Spithill at the helm – to take a first victory that was going to be followed by two more and result in victory in the first round robin.

A former Flying Dutchman and Dragon sailor (amongst others), Marcus Wiser, the team’s helmsman, was obviously satisfied with his debuts in the RC 44 Class.

“We were helped by the light winds”, he explains modestly. “But we are obviously very happy. A lot of credit goes to our tactician Michael Hestbek, who was strategist on board the German entry during the last America’s Cup.”

The light (6 to 8 kts of wind) but fairly stable conditions allowed for fifteen matches to be sailed today, under a nice sunshine and on flat water. Most races were very close, and the overall results confirm that the teams are becoming closer from each other by the day, generating one fascinating match after the next.

Indeed, four teams share the lead with three victories out of five matches each. Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano, with Sebastien Col at the helm, sailed up to the expectations after their very good 2007 end-season, with victories over Team Aqua (Cameron Appleton), Team ES Bankers (Russell Coutts) and Cro-A-Sail (Morten Henrikson).

Russell Coutts’ Team ES Bankers confirms that it is at the top but defeats against Team Ceeref and Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano confirm that nothing’s ever acquired in this challenging Class. Finally, Team Ceeref also sits on top of the ranking; however, during last year’s Dubai Gold Cup, James Spithill was alone at this enviable position, unbeaten at the end of the round robin.

Today, he needs to share the spot with three teams! The level has definitely gone up a step and tomorrow’s second round robin will certainly be interesting.

The Dubai RC 44 Cup is the first event of the 2008 RC 44 Championship Tour. The weather forecast for tomorrow is good, with moderate winds and sunshine. The weather should deteriorate by Wednesday, with westerly winds of up to 25 kts expected. The match racing event will be concluded tomorrow Tuesday; it will be followed by three days of fleet racing, with the owners back at the helm.

Marcus Wieser, helmsman, Team Sea Dubai: “We had a couple of days training last week, and Russell, came with us on Saturday to show us some tricks. But today was our first real sailing day in race conditions. I am very pleased because we have a good speed and we made the right decisions.”

Russell Coutts, Team ES Bankers Dubai: “I always sail with the new teams before they start racing, but may be I will have to stop this… These guys (Team Sea Dubai) are obviously much better than we could have thought. It’s great for the Class, and we are happy to welcome a new very competitive team.

Our day was OK, but it’s tough. The level is really high and there is good homogeneity within the teams. You just need to look at Team Aqua: they were clearly dominating last year but now it is harder. It’s a real challenge, for me and for everyone.”

Jaro Furlani, pitman, Team Ceeref: “The wind was fairly unstable and shifty, but we had a good day with three wins. All the matches were very close, so it was great. It is very interesting to sail with James Spithill, and other America’s Cup sailors. They bring us a lot and help us to improve our level of sailing.”

Match-racing, round robin 1.
Ranking, number of victories/losses, points

1) Team Sea Dubai, (3/2) 5 points
2) Team Ceeref (3/2) 5 points
3) Team Hiroshi (3/2) 5 points
4) Team ES Bankers Dubai (3/2) 5 points
5) Team Aqua (1 -incl 1 penalty /3) 1 point
6) Cro-A-Sail (1/4) 1 point




InSunSport - NZColligo Marine 660x82Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82

Related Articles

U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship winners crowned
The third and final day of the 2012 US Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship was dominated by light winds. The third and final day of the 2012 US Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship was dominated by light winds. The race committee attempted to get an early jump on the day to no avail, as the weather refused to cooperate. Yesterday’s leaders Allyson Donahue and Maddie Widmeier were crowned 2012 champs after finishing second last year.
Posted on 30 Jun 2012
Melges 24 Volvo Cup victory for Little Wing
The fifth round of the Melges 24 Volvo Cup 2011 has come to a thrilling conclusion. The fifth round of the Melges 24 Volvo Cup 2011 has come to a thrilling conclusion. Two races were sailed today totaling eight altogether. Apart from the first day, where there was no wind whatsoever, the three following days had identical weather conditions with the first race running under light winds of five to seven m/sec, and the course leaning to the left.
Posted on 11 Jul 2011
Guyader Grand Prix day 1 lead to Wieser
The fleet of the 77 Dragons registered with the Guyader Grand Prix entered the Bay of Douarnenez late this morning. The fleet of the 77 Dragons registered with the Guyader Grand Prix entered the Bay of Douarnenez late this morning for the first day of the Grand Prix Dragon.
Posted on 4 May 2011
ISAF Sailing World Cup Overall Standings after three regattas
After three regattas in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series, the world’s best sailors lead the way in Overall Standings. After three regattas in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series the world’s best sailors are leading the way in the Overall Standings.
Posted on 12 Apr 2011
Melges 24 Worlds momentum builds ahead of May showdown
2011 Melges 24 World Championship will be hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club from 16-21 May. 2011 Melges 24 World Championship will be hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club from 16-21 May. With two events now completed - Key West in January and the Miami Winter Regatta at Coconut Grove - Italy's Riccardo Simoneschi sailing Audi is leading the series overall.
Posted on 9 Mar 2011
ICAP Leopard leads Rolex Middle Sea after night of attrition
Currently, ICAP Leopard is the breakaway leader sitting pretty in the Rolex Middle Sea Race After a fast passage across to Capo Passero and the southern tip of Sicily yesterday afternoon, so the Rolex Middle Sea Race launched first the sting from its tail as darkness closed last night. Whilst the leaders closed fast on the Strait of Messina, the smaller slower yachts experienced a night of squalls and rain as the front pushed through earlier than expected.
Posted on 18 Oct 2009
Sydney maxi yacht tragedy - Saturday afternoon update from CYCA
This afternoon, Matt Allen, the Commodore of the CYCA held a press conference at the Club in Darling Point This afternoon, Matt Allen, the Commodore of the CYCA held a press conference at the Club in Darling Point, announcing that the owner/skipper of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Andrew Short and crew member Sally Gordon had perished when the 24.4 metre yacht hit rocks and ran aground at Flinders Islet at approximately 0255 hours this morning.
Posted on 11 Oct 2009
2009 Star World Championship - PRO Under pressure
2009 Star World Championship - PRO under pressure 2009 Star World Championship. H.P. Hylander, the PRO and Regatta Chairman, stood on the Race Committee boat with a Bluetooth phone in his ear, a radio in his hand, binoculars and a hockey puck draped around his neck. He had lots of helpers aboard the RC boat and wind scouts two miles to the south and to the west; the logical directions from which the wind would fill.
Posted on 8 Aug 2009
Elliott 6m debuts on the world stage at Kiel Week
New Olympic boat the Elliott 6m will finally make its debut at Kieler Woche in Germany in June The new Olympic boat the Elliott 6m will finally make its debut on the world stage in a couple of weeks during event six of the ISAF Sailing World Cup at Kieler Woche in Germany, which runs from 20 to 28 June. Twenty-four crews from nine different countries are expected to be fighting for the Kieler Woche trophies
Posted on 3 Jun 2009
Day 1 of the RC 44 Austria Cup fleet regatta
Crazy conditions on day one of the RC 44 Austria Cup fleet regatta The Slovenian team Ceeref, with Igor Lah at the helm and Paul Cayard at the tactics, makes the best of the massive shifts, strong gusts and rain and hailstones showers on day one of the fleet race event of the RC 44 Austria Cup
Posted on 30 May 2009