RC44 Class Association video above published Oct 1, 2017: Cascais laid on an action-packed day for the conclusion of the 2017 RC44 Championship's penultimate event, the RC44 Cascais Cup. At the beginning of it, Igor Lah's Team CEEREF held a slender lead, but lost it to Charisma. By the start of the third and final race Alexander Novoselov's Katusha was leading by two points. Despite Team CEEREF sailing an immaculate final race, a second placed finish for Katusha enabled the Russian team to win the RC44 Cascais Cup by just one point.
Day 3 RC44 Cascais Cup - New faces win races
RC44ClassAssociation video above published Sep 30, 2017: Day three of the RC44 Cascais Cup saw three more teams come to the fore for the first time. Conditions were difficult for the race committee, who ran the first race on the 'offshore course' in wind heading for the high 20s, and then had to move the race track into the Tagus estuary. Here the sea state was calmer, but an unusual offshore northerly was causing significant shifts, gusts and holes in the breeze.
Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika has had a difficult regatta so far, having picked up four penalty points following two collisions, but today they came good winning the first race. In less boisterous conditions, today's second race was an RC44 classic, with at least three lead changes with Nico Poons' Charisma untimely taking the win. In the final race there was again a change of leader on the final run on this occasion with Artemis Racing overhauling Katusha to take the win. The RC44 Cascais Cup is the fourth 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 2 RC44 Cascais Cup - Big conditions arrive for the RC44s
RC44 Class Association video above published Sep 29, 2017: Cascais turned on the conditions for which it is famous – 25 knot winds and sunshine - for day two of the RC44 Cascais Cup.
Day 1 RC44 Cascais Cup - Overtaking manoeuvres
RC44 Class Association video above published Sep 29, 2017: Competition out on the water today showed that it is no aberration that just two points separate the top five boats in the overall 2017 RC44 Championship. After day one the RC44 Cascais Cup leaderboard is similarly tight with just five points separating the top seven boats. Not only were there three different winners, but in each case the winner was not the leader at the first top mark rounding.
RC44 Class Association: RC44 CASCAIS CUP, Cascais, Portugal, 28 September–1 October, 2017
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