Video above published Aug 13, 2017: Team Nika have won the RC44 Marstrand World Championship after a dominant performance across the four days of competition. The final day delivered the strongest wind of the week, with the north-westerly breeze blowing at 15 knots and with a big, lumpy seaway. Vladimir Prosikhin may not have won any races today but he steered Nika to a comfortable victory overall, earning back the trophy he last raised in 2015.
The final race was a close battle for second and third. Team Ceeref, the 2016 World Champion, crossed in second place behind Artemis Racing. This was sufficient to secure second overall for Igor Lah from Slovenia. Behind him, Bronenosec's photo-finish ahead of Peninsula Petroleum was sufficient to put two Russian teams on equal points. On tie-break, Bronenosec beat Katusha for third place overall.
The RC44 Marstrand World Championship is the third event of the 2017 RC44 Championship Tour, which pits the world's top businessmen and the best sailors in the industry compete in high-performance one-design 44-foot carbon racing yachts.
Day 3 RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Nika Unstoppable
Video above published Aug 13, 2017: A few boats had a good go at the front of the fleet on day three of the RC44 Marstrand World Championship, but none could match the consistency of Team Nika. Vladimir Prosikhin took the winner's gun in the first race of the day, sailed in 10 knots and lumpy seas. When the rain fell, it made little difference to his fortunes, following up with a second and fourth place. The Russian team has impressively taken a race win every day of the World Championship so far, putting them 15 points ahead. Nika's closest rivals struggled, opening up a big points gap to second place, now held by Bronenosec with Ceeref on equal points.
Day 2 RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec's young guns hit their mark
Aug 11, 2017: Bronenosec Sailing showed some serious interest in the title after putting in some good scores on day two of the RC44 Marstrand World Championship. Vladimir Liubomirov steered the blue boat to victory in the first race of the day, sailed in about 8 to 10 knots of westerly wind. A sixth in the next race was not so special but Bronenosec surged into the lead of the third race of the day, only to let it slip to Artemis Racing on the final run to the finish.
Day 1 RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Things go right for Nika
Video above published Aug 10, 2017: Vladimir Prosikhin has steered Team Nika into the lead of the RC44 Marstrand World Championship after a solid opening day in Sweden. The Russian crew notched up scores of 2,6,1 in the nine-boat fleet to hold a two-point advantage over defending World Champion, Team Ceeref from Slovenia.
RC44 Class Association: RC44 Marstrand (Sweden) 2017 RC44 World Championship, 10 – 13 August 2017
Results / Fleet Standings after RC44 Marstrand:
- Russia Team Nika (RUS 10)
- Russia Bronenosec Sailing (RUS 18)
- Russia Katusha (RUS 21)
- Slovenia Team Ceeref (SLO 11)
- United Kingdom Peninsula Petroleum (GBR 1)
- United Kingdom Team Aqua (GBR 2041)
- Sweden Artemis Racing (SWE44)
- Monaco Charisma (MON 69)
- Sweden Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4)
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