Monday, November 14, 2011

Lanzarote Lays Out Red Carpet for RC44 Worlds

The RC44 World Championships kick off in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote on16 November and the  newly-crowned RC44 Tour champions, Team Aqua want their names engraved on that trophy.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44 Class
Chris Bake’s Team Aqua team wrapped up the RC44 Tour title with an event to spare thanks to their victory in Croatia last month. They are out to make up for finishing eighth here last year's eighth when Jimmy Spithill raised the trophy.

“It has already been an incredible season for us and to win the World Championship too would be the icing on the cake. Our professional skipper, Cameron Appleton, has led the team superbly but the competition is tough in the class, so we will have to work hard for it,” Bake said.
Photo: © Bozidar Vukicevic
ORACLE Racing (USA) will not be in Puerto Calero as the team will be involved in America’s Cup World Series action in San Diego, so the race for the remaining two podium places in the final Tour standings will be hotly-contested. ORACLE Racing currently lay in second overall, two points ahead of Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF (SLO) who are wo points clear of Artemis Racing (SWE), who will have owner Torbjorn Tornqvist at the helm.

Also looking to sneak their way into the Tour top three, and land the World Championship title, on home waters will be the Daniel Calero-helmed Islas Canarias Puerto Calero team, whose family are hosting an RC44 event for the fourth successive year since. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero currently sit fifth overall, four points behind the Slovenian team.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44 Class
“We are looking forward to once again host the 2011 RC44 World Championships at Puerto Calero. Puerto Calero is one of the best sea sailing venues in Southern Europe with sailors able to take full advantage of the predominant NE Atlantic trade winds and glorious year round weather. We are looking forward to welcoming all our RC44 friends to Puerto Calero again before hopefully beating them on the water,” Calero said.
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Some of the biggest names around are looking to add the 2011 RC44 World title to their sailing CVs. Italy’s Francesco Bruni, current ISAF World ranked number one match racing skipper and three-time Olympian, who will join Team Katusha (RUS) in Lanzarote, while renowned America’s Cup strategist/tactician and Star sailor, Andy Horton (USA), will is join Ironbound (USA). Eighteen time World Champion, Vasco Vascotto (ITA), will sail with John Bassadone and the team on Peninsula Petroleum (GBR).
Photo: Lulu Roseman/readyaboutimages
Now in it's fifth year the 2011 RC44 Championship Tour comprises of 15 teams competing on a circuit that enables amateur sailors to race alongside the biggest names in the sport on thoroughbred one-design racing machines at the world’s best sailing venues. The 2011 season has seen the RC44 Tour elevated to on of the most competitive and respected in international yacht racing.

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