The RC44 World Championship Marina de Sotogrande had a worthy winner today in Igor Lah and his Team CEEREF crew, the second occasion the Slovenian team has claimed this prize. But this was only after some anxious moments off the Andalusian port, as Lah's crew slogged it out with local heroes, John Bassadone's Peninsula Petroleum from nearby Gibraltar. Published May 15, 2016
Fleet racing day 2 - Bassadone's Gibraltar greyhounds on the ascent:
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. Published on May 13, 2016
Fleet racing day 1 - Team CEEREF masters Atlantic winds:
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.
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 grey cloud crossed the course, obscured the rock of Gibraltar, while emptying its contents upon the crews.
The 2016 RC44 World Championship Marina de Sotogrande is the second event of the 2016 Championship Tour, which pitts the world's top businessmen and the best sailors in the industry compete in high performance one-design 44-foot carbon racing yachts. Published on May 12, 2016
RC44 Championship Tour Promo:
Since its launch in 2007, the RC44 Championship Tour has established itself as a key series to compete on in the international yacht racing circuit.
Match Racing - Squally Sotogrande stunts match racing day:
'The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain', but for the opening day of match racing, prior to the start of the RC44 World Championship Marina de Sotogrande fleet racing, the Andalusian port received an unseasonal, but thorough soaking. 25km away, Gibraltar was obscured by cloud, as the match racing, which rolls from regatta to regatta over the RC44's annual championship, only reached its second flight before there was a giant shift, the wind shut down completely and the boats were sent in. Published on May 11, 2016 - Fleet racing, counting towards the RC44 World Championship Marina de Sotogrande, begins tomorrow at 1130 CET and will run for four days.
Below--Highlights from the previous RC44 event--RC44 Bermuda Cup:
Bermuda's Great Sound threw everything it could at the RC44 fleet for the first round of the 2016 Championship Tour. With a breeze ranging from 5 -25 knots and a race track full of passing lanes. Here's a round-up of all the action. Published March 11, 2016
RC44 Sotogrande World Championship, 11-15 May
Sotogrande is the RC44 class’s second stop for the World Championships.
2016 RC44 Championship Tour Events
RC44 BERMUDA CUP 2-6 March
RC44 SOTOGRANDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 11-15 May
RC44 PORTSMOUTH CUP 13-17 July
RC44 CASCAIS CUP 21-25 September
RC44 VALLETTA CUP 23-27 November
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