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RC44 World Championship: Bassadone’s Gibraltar greyhounds on the ascent

RC44 World Cham­pi­on­ship: Bassadone’s Gibral­tar grey­hounds on the ascent Via RC44­Class Press Office For day three of the RC44 World Cham­pi­on­ship, Soto­grande laid on the con­di­tions for which it is fam­ous: bril­liant sun­shine, wind reg­u­larly over 20 knots, mon­ster shifts, but sur­pris­ingly flat water in the lee of the Andalus­i­an coast. Appro­pri­ately loc­al hero John Bas­sad­one and his largely Span­ish crew on Pen­in­su­la Pet­ro­leum Sail­ing Team were the star per­formers. Win­ning the first race brought them level with yesterday’s over­all lead­er, Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. The Gibral­tar team fol­lowed this…

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Team CEEREF masters at RC44 World Championship

After an awk­ward begin­ning to the regat­ta yes­ter­day, the RC44 World Cham­pi­on­ship Mar­ina de Soto­grande fleet racing got under­way, provid­ing a remind­er to helms­men, tac­ti­cians and crew on all 11 yachts that this Andalus­i­an ven­ue lies just 25km from Gibral­tar and the open Atlantic bey­ond. Via RC44 Class Asso­ci­ation RC44 World Cham­pi­on­ship racing today was held in stiff 20+ knot winds that topped out at 27 knots, cre­at­ing boat speeds of 20+ knots, plus a worthy test for crews. After race one, the fleet was ordered back to Soto­grande Mar­ina when a giant…

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Team Aqua hangs on in last race nail biter

Via RC44 Class Association/​Jessica Gray Pho­to Mar­tinez Studio/​Pedro Mar­tinez Pho­to GEOpress/​JoaoLamares A last minute charge from Vladi­mir Liubomirov’s Bron­en­o­sec Sail­ing Team was not enough to dis­place Chris Bake’s Team Aqua from the top of the lead­er­board at the con­clu­sion of the RC44 Ber­muda Cup, the first event of the Sir Rus­sell Coutts-​con­ceived one design’s 10th anniversary sea­son. Con­di­tions on the final day of com­pet­i­tion on Bermuda’s Great Sound looked mar­gin­al ini­tially with a near glass out mid-​morn­ing. After a post­pone­ment ashore, the first warn­ing sig­nal was finally soun­ded at 1410 and PRO

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Team Nika’s day in the sun

Via RC44 Class Association/​Jessica Gray Pho­to Mar­tinez Studio/​Pedro Mar­tinez Des­pite near per­fect con­di­tions for racing on Bermuda’s Great Sound, the pen­ul­tim­ate day of the RC44 Ber­muda Cup was one of snakes and lad­ders, the smal­lest mis­takes hav­ing crip­pling con­sequences. With a spec­tat­or fleet out in for­ce, once again the course cre­ated some tac­tic­al head scratch­ing with the left fre­quently favoured in terms of angle, but the right bet­ter for pres­sure. Chris Bake’s Team Aqua is show­ing some of her past form; the epi­tomy of con­sist­ency. Thanks to her 1−3−6 sco­reline today…

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Team CEEREF gunning for the lead

Via RC44 Class Association/​Jessica Gray Pho­to Ped­ro Martinez/​Martinez Stu­dio & GEOpress/​JoaoLamares Demon­strat­ing that the crews have lost none of their com­pet­it­ive­ness over the win­ter break, at the end of day two of fleet racing at the RC44 Ber­muda Cup, the top two boats are tied on points and just two points sep­ar­ate the top three. Great Sound took on yet another per­son­al­ity today as a front rolled over Ber­muda – chil­li­er, more over­cast and with shifty winds, which typ­ic­ally were in the early 20s and kicked up a short chop. The res­ult was…

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