Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik 2022 Choice of Champions LEADERBOARD

44cup returns to Portuguese sailing mecca of Cascais

by 44Cup 7 May 05:59 PDT 11-15 May 2022
Chris Bake's Team Aqua © Martinez Studio / RC44 Class

Next week, the 44Cup will return to the Portuguese sailing mecca of Cascais for event two of its 2022 season. Racing for the eight high-performance one-design monohulls will take place from Thursday to Sunday, 11-15 May.

Joining the fleet for the first time in Portugal is the Swiss crew of Black Star Sailing Team. For owner Christian Zuerrer this will not only be his first time racing an RC44, but also his first time racing in the Cascais. Taking on the role of tactician to guide the team through their debut event is New Zealander Cameron Dunn. Having finished third on the podium in Cascais at the 2018 RC44 World Championship and having coached in the class too, Dunn knows how to perform well on an RC44 and acknowledges that it will be a steep learning curve for the new team which also campaigns a GC32 foiling catamaran.

"We are under no illusions about the difficulty of joining such a high-quality fleet with all the teams having many years of experience in the class. We will first concentrate on the boat handling to get the basic manoeuvres to a good quality before we can even start to compete in this fleet," explains Dunn. "We will have our hands full, but we know the task ahead and can't wait to get started".

Cascais is renowned for its northwesterly breeze blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean and wrapping around Cabo Raso into Lisbon. On a racecourse which is set off the northern shore of the Tagus estuary, effectively in the Atlantic, the fresh winds and large oceanic swells allow the crews to surf their RC44s at 20+ knot speeds downwind. "It is one of the best sailing areas you can think of and the club is nice. What is not to like?" explains Charisma's owner Nico Poons. "And the racing is very, very close. There are minimal differences between us."

Dunn adds: "There are some major geographic features, but the placement of the racecourse can affect these quite dramatically, so it's always a good challenge, both tactically and for the boat handling. Ripping downwind in an RC44 at 20 knots in big waves is some seriously fun yacht racing."

For this event Team CEEREF powered by Hrastnik 1860 holds the 44 Cup leaders' golden wheels, followed by Team Nika in second and Artemis Racing in third. Defending 44Cup and RC44 World Champions from 2021, Chris Bake's Team Aqua is currently sixth on the overall leaderboard after an inconsistent start to the season in Lanzarote back in February, but will undoubtedly be back on winning form.

To find out more about the 44Cup visit www.44cup.org

Related Articles

44Cup Marstrand Day 1
Local heroes lead after a top opening day Njörðr, the Norse god of the sea and the wind was clearly smiling upon both the 44Cup Marstrand and local team Artemis Racing for the first day of the 2022 44Cup's third event off western Sweden's holiday hotspot of Marstrand. Posted on 30 Jun
44Cup: who will win in Marstrand this week?
Visitors to this favourite holiday hotspot will also get to witness the 44Cup Marstrand July begins and so too the holidays in Sweden, with a deluge of tourists set to descend on western Sweden's most picturesque island of Marstrand for the first official weekend of the summer. Posted on 29 Jun
44Cup Cascais overall
Charisma is the runaway winner Normally 44Cup events are decided in the final gybes of the last leg of the last race after four days of competition. But at the 44Cup Cascais, the second of the 2022 series for the high performance owner-driver one designs, the opposite was true. Posted on 15 May
44Cup Cascais Day 3
All change, but Charisma gets ever stronger After two days of sun, Atlantic swell and prevailing northwesterlies, conditions turned around for day three of the 44Cup Cascais. Posted on 14 May
44Cup Cascais Day 2
High scoring day with three different winners While the opening day of the 44Cup Cascais saw the rare occurrence of one boat - Nico Poons' Charisma - winning all three races, on day two it was back to the 44Cup 'norm' with lead changes and three different winners. Posted on 14 May
44Cup Cascais Day 1
Hat-trick for Nico Poons' Charisma Traditionally a team of black or white results, Charisma of Monaco-based Dutchman Nico Poons was very much in the latter phase, when his team defied the odds to win all three races on the opening day the 44Cup Cascais. Posted on 12 May
Lah and CEEREF lead 44Cup into Cascais
The team with the biggest target on their back Igor Lah, tactician Adrian Stead and their CEEREF powered by Hrastnik 1860 are the team with the biggest target on their back going into the 44Cup Cascais, which sets sail tomorrow. Posted on 11 May
That other category.
There are plenty of sporting superstars. Thousands actually. Then there are those who are... There are plenty of sporting superstars. Thousands actually. Then there are those who are transcendent. Posted on 8 May
Oman confirmed for 2022 44Cup final
Muscat will be the last event of the five-stop international tour Muscat will extend a warm welcome to the fleet of ten high-performance one-design RC44s, which will be based in and racing on the warm waters off Al Mouj Marina in the heart of the Omani capital. Posted on 20 Apr
Black Star Sailing: new team joins the 44Cup
Running their 44Cup program alongside their successful GC32 Racing Tour campaign Led by passionate amateur sailor Christian Zuerrer, Black Star Sailing Team will be running their 44Cup program alongside their successful GC32 Racing Tour campaign, in which they finished third overall in 2021. Posted on 9 Apr
Doyle Sails 2020 - Pure Brilliance 728x90 BOTTOMMarine Resources 2022 - FOOTERC-Tech 2021 America's Cup 728x90 BOTTOM