sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : RC44 Oman Cup - Mixed fortunes on day 3
RC44 Oman Cup - Mixed fortunes on day 3

'Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS 13) - 2013 RC44 Oman Cup'    RC44 Class/MartinezStudio.es    Click Here to view large photo

The third day of fleet racing the RC44 Oman Cup saw the lightest conditions so far this week. There were mixed fortunes for the overall leader Katusha while Team Aqua closed the gap at the top of the leaderboard.

Racing in Muscat got underway in a light 6-8 knots, the American afterguard of Steve Howe and Andy Horton on Katusha, were quick off the blocks leading from start to finish in the day’s opener. Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika continued their consistent form to finish second.

Synergy then made it a Russian 1,2,3. With Artemis Racing fourth and Team Aqua seventh, the fight for the podium was getting tight.

Fleet - 2013 RC44 Oman Cup -  RC44 Class/MartinezStudio.es   Click Here to view large photo

Race eight of the series started in seven-knots and then slowly decreased. Chris Bake’s Team Aqua can never to be written off, they like a late comeback, and that’s exactly what the team did. Rounding the windward mark in the lead, it was now their main rival, Gennadi Timchenko’s Katusha, struggling back in 10th.

Team Aqua continued to sail away from the fleet for an emphatic victory, behind them Valentin Zavadnikov’s Synergy were having a good day finishing second, tactician Ed Baird’s strategy of starting at the committee boat and tacking straight off to get a clean lane paying dividends. Artemis Racing added a third to their scoreline to stay in overall contention, but with Katusha picking up the maximum 13-points, Team Aqua had closed the gap to 10-points.

Chris Bake at the helm of Team Aqua (GBR 2041) - 2013 RC44 Oman Cup -  RC44 Class/MartinezStudio.es   Click Here to view large photo

Katusha’s tactician Andy Horton wasn’t downbeat and is looking forward to the final day of racing.

'Today was hero to zero. In the first race we sailed well, got off the start pretty quick and the guys did a good job of everything. In the second race we had a good start but didn’t go the right way and hit a few bad spots, I’ll put my hand up for a bit of that. You would never expect to be in this position at the end of a regatta, but you can always hope for it. We’re going in to the last day of sailing with a 10 point lead, were doing just fine, we will take that any day.'

As the wind faded, Russell Coutts, onboard Team Aegir this week, was already at the mouth of the marina as race officer Peter ‘Luigi’ Reggio called it a day.

Aegir Racing (GBR22) - 2013 RC44 Oman Cup -  RC44 Class/MartinezStudio.es   Click Here to view large photo

Just three points separate second placed Team Aqua and Nika in fourth, it is all to play for on the final day of racing at the RC44 Oman Cup, presented by Oman Shipping. The forecasters are expecting some strong winds, known locally as the shamal, a northwesterly wind unusual in the summer months that can result in some major sandstorms.

The penultimate day of racing at the RC44 Oman Cup also saw 30 of the top Omani Youth Programme sailors and their coaches visit the event. The young Optimists, Laser Radials and Laser 4.7 sailors are in the middle of a three-week training camp and there was some fierce competition to earn one of the 13 available ninth man places.

David Graham, CEO and his team at Oman Sail have welcomed the class and provided some excellent race management and hospitality for the teams.

'To have the RC44 class here is amazing for us, especially for the children they have been training so hard and to now to be sailing with the stars like Russell Coutts, Ed Baird, Paul Goodison, showing the kids what sailing is like at the top end. There are also some synergies between what Oman Sail are doing and what the class is doing. The class is a Pro Am event and our guys have got something to look forward to, to inspire them in their own personal sailing.'

Dave Graham CEO of Oman Sail and the youth program sailors - 2013 RC44 Oman Cup -  RC44 Class/MartinezStudio.es   Click Here to view large photo

10,000 young Omani’s have so far been introduced to sailing by Oman Sail since the programme started nearly five years. By the end of 2020, they plan to have eight Sailing School’s spanning the coastline of Oman and have introduced 70,000 Omanis to sailing. The ultimate aim of the programme is to win a medal for the Sultanate in the 2024 Olympic Games.

Sunday 3rd February is the final day of racing at the RC44 Oman Cup, presented by Oman Shipping. The first warning signal is due at 1130 (GST).

Peninsula Petroleum (GBR) - 2013 RC44 Oman Cup -  RC44 Class/MartinezStudio.es   Click Here to view large photo


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=106214

5:06 PM Sat 2 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:

02 Feb 2013  RC44 Oman Cup - Greeted by white horses as Katusha extends lead
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
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World























2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii












































Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 3   
Sailing through STEM Night at California YC   
Six Metre European Championship - High temps and little wind on day 3   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes   
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Unsatisfactory conditions on day 4   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1   
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac   
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video   
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up   
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany   
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2   
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23   
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland remains out front   
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing   
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature   


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