Racing on the last day of the RC44 Cascais Cup proved an emotional rollercoaster ride for everyone at different times over the course of three races.
Having relieved Peninsula Petroleum of the lead yesterday, Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika started the day with a slender two point advantage, the two boats having edged ahead of third and fourth. This was all to change during today’s first race, when both boats scored unusually poor results, leaving Nika ahead, but with three boats poised, just three points behind her.
Team Nika - RC44 Cascais Cup - © MartinezStudio.es
In the second race, Team Nika fought back to take the win, but Peninsula Petroleum was second. Now there was four points separating the two leaders. But then the situation turned on its head. In the final race Nika made a poor start and from there never recovered, finishing 11th. Peninsula Petroleum came home second, enough for John Bassadone’s Gibraltar-based team to win the RC44 Cascais Cup by three points, while Team Nika dropped to third.
Finishing off the podium after a slow start in Cascais, Chris Bake’s four-time Championship winning team finished the regatta second.
Next up for the RC44 class is the RC44 Sotogrande Cup, in the south of Spain, over 25-29th June.