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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wind Whips Fleet Into A Frenzy at RC44 Sweden Cup

Racing in the RC44 Sweden Cup in Marstrand today was threatened when wild 30 knot winds and three metre swells lashed the race course area but by early afternoon conditions had changed dramatically and the race course was repositioned to the north of Marstrand Island.
Photo: © Dan Ljungsvik
The day's first race finally got underway in 16 knots of breeze, a difficult sea state and after three general recalls. Overnight leaders No Way Back (NED) and second placed Aleph Sailing (FRA) were both over the line early. No Way Back never got back into the race (won by Peninsula Petroleum) but Aleph Racing managed to claw their way back to finish eighth. 

There was another general recall in the second race but No Way Back turned things around to win by an incredible 2 minute 57 second margin ahead of Team Ceeref.
Photo: © Dan Ljungsvik
After another individual recall on the start line together with Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, Aleph Sailing staged another comeback to finish fifth. 
“I don’t know how we got so good at comebacks, we had pretty good speed upwind and especially in the second race we had good boat speed downwind as well,” Aleph's Owner/Driver Hugues Lepic said. The team have dropped one place on the overall leader-board to third.

Consistency paid off for Chris Bake, Cameron Appleton and the crew of Team Aqua (GBR) who racked up a second and a fourth to grab the overall lead.
Team Aqua Photo: © Dan Ljungsvik
“The sailing here is still pretty hard,” Bake said. “It was pretty lumpy today and clearly if No Way Back didn’t have that early start, they would be right at the top of the leader board, it’s still  tight and incredibly tricky.”

Team Ceeref have moved up to second overall. While the home team Artemis Racing were unable to repair the damage to their boat from yesterday they were back on the race course thanks to the generosity of Team KSSS who offered them the use of their RC44 for the remainder of the regatta.
Artemis back on the water thanks to a loaner yacht from KSSS Photo: © Dan Ljungsvik
Magnus Woxen and Olle Jo Johnson had entered KSSS with the Royal Swedish Yacht Club to give some young talented sailors in Sweden the chance to race against some of the best sailors in the world.

"It was a great opportunity for KSSS to compete in the last few days in the regatta but after yesterday’s incident, we felt it was important to let Artemis Racing continue in the regatta which counts as part of the RC44 Championship Tour,” Woxen explained.

The young crew of KSSS will now take up the ninth man spots on the RC44s for the rest of the regatta. 

RC44 Sweden Cup Fleet Racing Ranking
(After six race no discards)

1 Team Aqua 5 6 3 11 2 4 = 31
2 Team Ceeref 1 12 12 3 5 2 = 35
3 Aleph Sailing Team 2 2 4 14 8 5 = 35
4 No Way Back 7 9 1 4 14 1 = 36
5 Artemis Racing 3 4 5 17DNS 7 6 = 42
6 ORACLE Racing11 5 6 5 10 7 = 44
7 Islas Canarias Puerto Calero 8 11 7 2 4 13 = 45
8 Synergy Russian Sailing Team 4 10 15 10 3 3 = 45
9 Peninsula Petroleum 6 16 9 9 1 9 = 50
10 Team Nika 9 8 10 1 12 10 = 50
11 Katusha 10 3 2 12 11 12 = 50
12 Ironbound 12 7 8 6 6 14 = 53
13 AEZ Sailing Team 15 1 13 13 9 11 = 62
14 MAG Racing 16 13 14 7 13 8 = 71
15 Team KSSS 14 14 11 8 17DNS 17DNS = 81
16 RUS-7 Sail Racing Team powered by AnyWayAnyDay.com 13 15 16 15 15 15 = 89

Lulu Roseman

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