sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : RC44 Oman Cup - Greeted by white horses as Katusha extends lead
RC44 Oman Cup - Greeted by white horses as Katusha extends lead

'2013 RC44 Oman Cup - fleet downwind'    MartinezStudio.es ©    Click Here to view large photo

At the RC44 Oman Cup, the forecasters don’t always get it right and today was luckily one of those days. With racing already delayed in anticipation of an unsettled forecast, the teams were greeted with 13-15 knots and white horses as they sailed from The Wave, Muscat into the starting area for the second day of fleet racing. Katusha extended their lead at the top of the leader board on a day their tactician Andy Horton called 'challenging', with big wind shifts and a breeze that decreased throughout the day, and saw three separate race winners.

Team Aqua seemed keen to make up for the points lost yesterday after their incident with Ironbound. Hitting the pin end of the line at pace and in space, Aqua was launched. They led at the top mark with main rival Katusha right on their tail. On the second beat Lunajets Aleph Racing (FRA) managed to split the pair, Aqua cruised to their first race win of the RC44 Oman Cup, Aleph second and Nika third with Katusha dropping to fifth.

2013 RC44 Oman Cup - Team Aqua (GBR 2041) -  MartinezStudio.es_©   Click Here to view large photo

After a general recall the 13 RC44s got away cleanly on the second attempt. Katusha had been fighting for the pin, but put in an early tack taking the sterns of the fleet. By the top mark they had again taken the lead just ahead of Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis Racing, the pair proceeded to sail away from the fleet, Katusha taking their third win of the event.

The competition for third was fierce with places changing on each leg. Leonid Lebedev’s Russian Sailing Synergy Team eventually held off Peninsula Petroleum and Nika to take third.

In the decreasing 8-9 knot breeze, Artemis Racing took charge of the final race of the day. Katusha rounded the windward mark in second and went for the early gybe; Aqua followed round but opted not to gybe. By the leeward gate Aqua had gained, passing Katusha. The top three places didn’t change on the final run; Artemis Racing, Team Aqua and Katusha remain the only boats to win a race at the RC44 Oman Cup.

2013 RC44 Oman Cup - Artemis Racing (SWE44) -  MartinezStudio.es_©   Click Here to view large photo

On the overall leader board, Katusha, with Steve Howe at the helm this week, have extended their lead from 11 to 16 point lead over Team Aqua. Artemis Racing sit in third tied on points with Team Nika.

2013 RC44 Oman Cup - Katusha (RUS007) -  MartinezStudio.es_©   Click Here to view large photo

Vladimir Prosikhin’s team showing good consistency at the start of their second full season in the class, 'Somehow we seem to have improved our boat speed and it’s a good foundation to have. We still have some work to do on the basic boat handling so we can minimise the silly mistakes but we have been fighting hard on both days to keep our position. We still have a lot of things to improve but the fundamentals are now ok.'

2013 RC44 Oman Cup - Vladimir Prosikhin at the helm of Team Nika (RUS 10) -  MartinezStudio.es_©   Click Here to view large photo

Katusha appear to be running away with the regatta, but with two more days of racing and no discards there is still a lot of racing to be done. Defending champions Team Aqua are renowned for their comeback’s and can never be written off, owner Chris Bake gave his thoughts on the competition. 'It’s a new year everyone out there is refocused and re-energised, Katusha is sailing very well, the whole fleet is very variable. The newer teams to the fleet such as Team Nika and RUS 7 are all getting some really good races in, I think it’s pretty much an open season.'

Racing continues at the RC44 Oman Cup presented by Oman Shipping Company through Sunday 3rd February with no warning signal due on Saturday before 12.30 (GST).

RC44 website


by Jo Grindley

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=106194

6:09 PM Fri 1 Feb 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

01 Feb 2013  RC44 Oman Cup - Perfect sailing conditions for fleet racing
31 Jan 2013  RC44 Oman Cup now underway
29 Jan 2013  RC44 Tour ready to kick off with RC44 Oman Cup
15 Jan 2013  Thirteen teams confirmed for RC44 Oman Cup
21 Nov 2012  RC44 Championship Tour door opens for all-female team
08 Oct 2012  RC44 World Championship victory for Peninsula Petroleum
07 Oct 2012  RC44 World Championship - Peninsula Petroleum upsets the apple cart
06 Oct 2012  RC44 World Championship - High scoring day in Rovinj + Video
05 Oct 2012  RC44 World Championship - Tricky conditions on opening day + Video
04 Oct 2012  RC44 World Championship - Synergy claims match racing title
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



















































America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
















New Classification Code for consultation released by the IPC
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race fleet heads for London
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi and Team Alvimedi head for England
Rio 2016 in the sights of ISAF Youth Worlds 420 sailors
Exciting new International Audi Melges 20 Ranking System now in play
FISU World University Match Racing Championships - GBR women win gold
2014 Seiko 49er and 49erFX European Championship - Day 2
Volvo Ocean Race teams Abu Dhabi and Alvimedica leave Newport, RI
Half Ton Classics Cup - Champagne conditions on Day 2 + Video
ABYC Fourth of July Regatta - Snipes join the action
Volvo Cork Week - Three bullets for ballistic catapult
Nacra 17 Europeans - Besson and Riou lead the overall standings
Formula 16 World Championship - Aussies claim title in Newport
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - The journey beckons
Clipper Round the World - London to provide emotional heroes welcome
ISAF Youth Worlds - Italians to lead RS:X fleet in Tavira
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - Over the Horizon
Foiling Week - Italian Moth Championship - Final results
NYYC Race Week - Yachting history on display
Rescued sailors reach shore after dramatic ocean rescue
Half Ton Classics Cup: Swuzzlebubble out front on Day 1 + Video   
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Yachting history on display   
Volvo Cork Week - Thrilling conditions welcome international fleet   
Nacra 17 Europeans: Success for Italy's Bissaro and Sicouri   
America's Cup: 2017 venue short-list reduced to two Cities   
Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall   
49er and 49erFX Europeans: Pitfalls aplenty on day 1 + Video   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Laser Radial sailors look to join list of legends   
Coville soon to chase solo circumnavigation record in giant trimaran   
Fierce competition at the Meanline Fins Slalom Challenge   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel opt for experienced winner   
Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature   
Crew rescued by navy patrol from J/111 racer after Mayday in storm   
Team Alvimedica practice in Newport, RI - Photos   
18 foot skiff European Championship (Open Europeans) - Final results   
Nacra 17 European Championships - No action on day 1   
ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 sailors prepare for battle + Video   
Volvo Ocean Race: Eight new crew members named by teams   
Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket Island is ready to host   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT