sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : New RC44 for Team Aqua

New RC44 for Team Aqua

'Team Aqua'    RC44 Class Association ©

RC44 Championship Tour 2011.

It will be a special occasion for Team Aqua when the next round of the RC44 Championship Tour 2011 gets underway in Austria in May as they race their new boat for the first time.


The Chris Bake-owned Team Aqua has been one of the leading forces on the RC44 Championship Tour circuit since its launch in 2007, but with the oldest boat in the fleet up until now Aqua decided that to maintain the momentum behind their championship challenge, a new boat would be invested in for the 2011 season.

Since the turn of the year outgoing Team Aqua boat captain Nigel King has been working closely with RC44 boat builders Pauger to make sure that the new boat is ready and raring to go by the time racing commences at the RC44 Austria Cup on Lake Traunsee on May 11. The original Aqua boat enjoyed a fantastic swansong as the team clinched third place at the Tour’s opening event in San Diego last month

King, a veteran of some of the world’s most classic yachting events including the Volvo Ocean Race, Jules Verne Trophy and La Solitaire du Figaro, says overseeing a new boat delivery is always a fascinating process.

He explained: 'Chris Bake is a massive supporter of the class and committed for the long-term so the team felt it was the right time to invest in a new boat to see Aqua through the next few years.

New Aqua -  RC44 Class?nid=82691 Association ©  

'We have had four years’ sailing in the class so there are a few personal touches outside of the one-design aspect, like a bit of paint here or there, where we want the elastics and how we want our deck grip done, that contribute to how we like to sail the boat. Pauger are always really keen to do a good job, their enthusiasm makes the process very enjoyable.'

Based in Hungary, Pauger have built the RC44s since the class’ inception, masterly turning out 24 of these 100 per cent carbon racing machines, with the new Aqua taking the total to 25. Prior to Aqua, the newest boat was David Murphy’s Ironbound, which joined the Tour in Miami in December 2010.

On average a new boat takes from ten to twelve weeks to complete and deliver with Pauger representatives on hand at every RC44 event to assist with maintenance and repairs.

Peter Lovas is Pauger representative at all the Tour events for 2011. He reveals some of the processes that go into making the RC44 one of the most exciting light displacement, high performance racing yachts around.

'Almost every part of the boat is produced by Pauger to ensure everything is one-design. When you look you can see a lot of custom systems and pieces made for the RC44.

New Auqa -  RC44 Class?nid=82691 Association ©  
'The boats are produced with a resin infusion technology and post-cured in a huge oven at up to 100'C to achieve high heat resistance. Lamination is carried out precisely, using different numbers of layers and different core materials in the specific zones of the boat, according to the local loads. There is a huge list of measurements each RC44 must meet.'

King is scheduled to return to Pauger HQ on 11 April to oversee Aqua’s completion with sign-off due on April 18. Team Aqua has also had a new container built in Southampton, which is being shipped to Hungary so that the boat and container can be set up exactly as they need to be for Austria before she leaves the factory on 23 April.

The majority of the Aqua team are set to arrive in Austria to commence testing at the start of May with Chris Bake also due to join the team in putting the new boat through her paces for a couple of days ahead of racing.

King, who is staying on with Aqua in a coaching capacity having handed over the boat captain reins to Karl Funk for 2011, explains what the team will be looking at during testing.

'We will be loading everything up gradually to make sure everything’s ok; getting the sails up and down, ensuring that when we sheet on everything works as it should, making sure ropes and splices are the right length etc. There are always a few tweaks needed here and there but hopefully nothing too major.

'We will slowly go through the process of getting the rig set-up right, it is a new mast, built by Riba Composites in Italy, so there will be things we need to do on the dock and whilst sailing to make sure she is racing ready. We will also be making sure the boat works in the way we want it to when completing maneuvers plus a bit of waterproofing where needed.'

Lovas added: 'The RC44s are nice to build because they are one-design. All the boats have the same basic boat speed, even though there is a five-year difference between the oldest and newest. On the water you know the boats are identical in build, but the speed can be so different because of the crew handling and the sails each team opts to have on the boat. After Aqua we hope there will be more boats coming up as more owners join the class.'

RC44 website




by RC44 Sailing Association

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=82691

1:03 AM Thu 21 Apr 2011 GMT






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:

29 Jun 2014  RC44 Puerto Sotogrande Cup - Kinky and quite difficult conditions
28 Jun 2014  RC44 Puerto Sotogrande Cup - Day 3
28 Jun 2014  RC44 Puerto Sotogrande Cup - Challenging conditions on day 3
27 Jun 2014  RC44 Puerto Sotogrande Cup - Tacticians have their work cut out
26 Jun 2014  RC44 Puerto Sotogrande - Team Aqua claims match racing lead + video
24 Jun 2014  RC44 Championship Tour - Fleet gear up to battle on Andalucian coast
27 Apr 2014  RC44 Cascais Cup - Change of leader going into Final Day
16 Feb 2014  RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup 2014 – Stunning day of Caribbean racing + Video
14 Feb 2014  RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup - Peninsula Petroleum emerges as early leader
13 Feb 2014  RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup - Perfect match race conditions on Day 1
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
























Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA






















Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5   
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos   
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show   
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   
RP52 Scarlet Runner sails in San Francisco   
2014 Governor's Cup - Nevin Snow and team on form   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Americans claim silver medals in Tavira   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Day 1   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi   


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 VIR US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT