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Katusha closes Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego

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The Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego ended with a fabulous victory by the Russian team Katusha, after five days of feverishly competitive sailing off Broadway Pier. Bob Little was on the wheel, with Paul Cayard calling the shots to almost close out the overall win in the first two races of the day. It left them sailing defensively for the final race, watching others wrestle it out for the remaining places on the podium.

Things didn’t look too good first thing this morning with heavy and ominous cloud over San Diego Bay, but the sun quickly broke through and the crews were sent out on time. The westerly built in the warm sunshine to around ten knots. Paul Cayard had said earlier in the week that it was all about getting in a position to win the regatta on the final day. A strong performance yesterday maintained a two-point lead over Team Aqua into the home straight. Now they just had to close the deal.

They got a big helping hand early on – Team Aqua picked up two penalties in the first race and could only recover to a seventh. Meanwhile, Katusha were battling Larry Ellison’s ORACLE Racing for the race win. Katusha had to settle for second, but it was still enough to move out to a six point lead, as ORACLE Racing’s win leap-frogged them over Team Aqua to take second overall by a single point. Artemis had been fourth going into the day, but they also struggled, scoring a sixth and dropping eight points behind Team Aqua.

The second race of the day saw Artemis come back strong and a fine win put them back into the game. But the Katusha juggernaut was still rolling, and another second place gave them an almost unassailable lead of eight points, as ORACLE Racing and Team Aqua were left fighting for fourth place. It was settled at the last cross before the finish, when Team Aqua went left, ORACLE Racing went right... the right paid, and ORACLE Racing consolidated a three point lead for second place, as Synergy also slipped in between them and Team Aqua.

Start venue - Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego -  Fried Elliott?nid=81105_©  


The wind then made the racers and the big crowd on Broadway Pier wait for the grand finale. The delay lasted just over half an hour and when it got going it was in the lightest conditions of the week. Katusha made sure they were in the same piece of water as the only boat that could beat them overall - ORACLE Racing.

Katusha’s helmsman Bob Little commented, ‘We just sailed real conservative and didn't push anything, just got the job done. That was it. Getting the two seconds [places] helped us out a lot, [we stayed consistent by] not pushing the line too hard, and not getting ourselves too separated from the boats we were close on points with... just sailing smart.’
Katusha may have had their worst race of the week, but they did what they had to do and followed in behind ORACLE Racing, who finished seventh. Both Team Aqua and Artemis came desperately close to taking advantage of ORACLE Racing’s result – Artemis finished third and Team Aqua fifth, both just one place short of forcing a tie-break that they would have won.

It was a particularly satisfying win for Katusha’s tactician, Paul Cayard. ‘I lived here in San Diego for 12 years and it’s been fun to be here this week. It means a lot to win this regatta in a town that I spent so much of my life in, and it’s been fun seeing all of my friends from some time past. Congratulations to all the teams, these races are extremely tough and it’s a lot of fun.’

The man behind it all, Russell Coutts - the ‘RC’ in RC 44 - was also happy with his week. ‘We are happy with second place, it was a tough regatta for us, lots of difficult conditions, but we’re very happy. This regatta in San Diego is one of our best for sure, it was just a great venue, lots of variables on the race course, lots of people here and lots of interest, it’s been fantastic. We are hoping to be back here again.’

Katusha - Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego -  Fried Elliott?nid=81105_©  


It was great news for SEA San Diego’s President John Laun, as he reflected on their first event, ‘This is the first event for the Sailing Events Association (SEA) of San Diego. We’re a non-profit association formed to bring exactly this sort of event to San Diego, to get the local people excited about sailing and to stimulate our local economy for travel and tourism.

‘It’s really has been fantastic... we’ve had great sailing, the conditions have been exactly perfect, the venue has been great, and we’ve had spectators on the shore all week, all along Harbour Island and San Diego Bay. We’ve exceeded our expectations for delivering a really good spectator friendly event. We would hope to have the RC44s back every year, we’ve had a great time with them.’

Overall Results after 14 races
1. Katusha 47
2. ORACLE Racing 54
3. Team Aqua 55
4. Artemis 56
5. Ceeref 80
6. Puerto Calero 87
7. Ironbound 95
8. Synergy 104
9. AEZ 113
10. Peninsula Petroleum 117
11. No Way Back 120

More information, images, and videos at www.rc44.com.




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