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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Paul Cayard's Update from RC44's in Cagliari

RC44 Cagliari Cup
30 June 2011

Another great day for Artemis Racing/Katusha. It was a full 25 knot mistral on the race course and two races of the planned three races were held as most of the newer boats in the fleet suffered some sort of damage. The fleet has now grown to 15 boats which makes for very interesting and exciting racing.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
Katusha, with owner Gennadi Timchenko driving for the first time since last October, had a 2, 6 in the windy conditions. After a great start at the committee boat, we were actually leading for a short time in the first race. TeamAqua sailed very well and passed us up the second windward leg. Still, we were very happy with the second place.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
In the second race Katusha got to the first windward mark in 5th place but our bowsprit broke on the first run and we lost a few boats. Up the second windward leg, we passed two boats back while our crew jury rigged our bowsprit. We hung on down the final run to finish 6th. Very good job by our crew.

Artemis Racing meanwhile sailed very consistently finishing 4, 3. Torbjorn Tornqvist is very experienced at sailing in the strong winds of Cagliari and it showed today.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
TeamAqua's performance of 1, 4 showed that keeping the team together for so many years is valuable. Danny Calero sailed his Puerto Calero very fast as well, getting a 3, 2 and ending the day tied with TeamAqua for the top spot.

The forecast for tomorrow is continued mistral. Hopefully, it won't be too strong. Racing continues through Sunday.

For complete results go to www.rc44.com

Paul

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