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RC44 Championship Tour - Perfect day at the RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup

by RC44 Class Association on 13 Feb 2014
RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup - 2014 RC44 Championship Tour ©RC44 Martinez Studio
RC44 Championship Tour - Virgin Gorda served up perfect match race conditions for the first day of the 2014 RC44 Championship Tour. A steady 11-14 knot easterly breeze and flat water allowed the race committee to complete all nine flights inside the confines of Virgin Gorda’s beautiful North Sound. Penalties flew and a few collisions meant it was an exciting day for both the sailors and the umpires alike.

Defending match race champions Team Aqua, with tactician Cameron Appleton at the helm, made sure they stayed at the top of the leaderboard, losing just one of their eight matches to Synergy Russian Sailing Team, with Ed Baird driving.



Swedish team Artemis Racing, with owner Torbjorn Tornqvist at the wheel and triple Olympic medallist Iain Percy calling the shots, lost their first race to Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge; with Russian Olympic match racer Ekaterina Skudina at helm for the day, but quickly found their form winning the next four races.

Flight seven saw the top two performing teams, Aqua and Artemis, meet. As the pair approached the leeward gate Team Aqua luffed, Artemis didn’t stay clear and found themselves a penalty down, Aqua went on to take the win.

In the penultimate match of the day, a collision with the Lunajets Aleph Racing saw Tornqvist’s Swedish team black flagged; handing victory to Aleph Racing, who limped back into port for overnight repairs, Artemis finished the day on four wins and four losses. Not able to compete in the final race of the day the French Aleph team still managed to finish fourth overall with five wins and three losses.

Artemis Racing’s tactician Iain Percy explains the moment of the crash 'We tried to go inside (of Aleph at the top mark) but didn’t have the space to do the turn. It’s hard with these keelboats, once you’re going in a certain direction, you’re committed. Everyone knew the crash was coming about five second before it happened but there’s not a lot you can do.' Percy added 'Were going to help the Aleph team get out there tomorrow, they have been gracious in understanding that it is one of those racing incidents that adds spice to the sport.'



Synergy Russian Sailing Team and Katusha with Andy Horton at the helm, both won five and lost three, leaving them second and third respectively on the leaderboard after the first of five match racing days throughout the RC44 season.

This was Andrea Pozzi's, owner driver of Bombarda Racing, first foray into match racing having only started competitive sailing two years ago in the Melges 32 fleet. The Italian team finished the day with just one win from eight races, but Pozzi enjoyed the experience. 'Today was very difficult, for me there are lots of professionals to compete against and this is my first time match racing. It is a new style of driving and very different to what I’m used to with fleet racing but we won a match so I am happy with the day. '

The RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup continues through to 18th February, with four days of fleet racing where only the amateur owner helms can take the wheel. Follow the racing via the live blog on website


RC44 Championship Tour Overall Match Race Ranking

(After one event)

1. Team Aqua - 7 wins - 1 loss = 7
2. Synergy Russian Sailing Team - 5 wins - 3 loss = 5
3. Katusha - 5 wins - 3 loss = 5
4. Lunajets Aleph Racing - 5 wins - 3 loss = 5
5. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team - 4 wins - 4 loss (1*) = 3
6. Team Nika - 3 wins - 5 loss = 3
7. Artemis Racing - 4 wins - 4 loss (3*) = 1
8. Bombarda Racing - 1 win - 7 loss = 1
9. Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge - 2 win - 6 loss (2*) = 0

*Penalty points



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