Thursday, March 29, 2012

Russians Rock The Boat in Cascais - RC44

Cascais delivered a perfect day for the RC44 fleet but it was the two Russian teams and one representing Portugal that dominated. There was plenty of carnage on the racecourse with ripped kites as the breeze peaked at 20 knots.
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Synergy Russian Sailing Team with Ed Baird (USA) onboard didn’t lose a match today and now sit on top of this year’s standing, having dropped just one match in the series so far.
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It was no easy ride for the Russian team who clawed their way back in two races.

“The guys on Synergy have really been working hard on their boat speed and boat handling, they do a great job and it was nice for all of us to be rewarded a little bit today,” Baird said.
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Baird is looking forward to tomorrow’s fleet racing,

“Fleet racing tomorrow is a different challenge I am still learning about the boat, we are all still learning about the class we know we have a lot of work to do to be strong in the fleet races but it’s always nice to have a good day.”
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Patrick de Barros (POR) onboard Aleph Team for the week has renamed the boat Team Cascais. After three year’s out of the class, de Barros ga tove up the helm match racing expert and the team’s tactician Mathieu Richard (FRA).
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“The level of racing in the last three years has gone very high, it’s really impressive. Today’s racing was great, all the crew is excellent, they really are top class,” de Barros said.
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Team Cascais finished the day with five wins from seven races, taking the team up to third on the overall match race rankings.

“The sailing today, it was Cascais at its best, it was not the prevailing wind but I think Cascais showed once again it is one of the best places in the world to sail and for the rest of the week I hope for good wind, good competition and a lot of fun,” he said.
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The second Russian team to excel in the conditions was Team Nika who won five from seven races. Tactician Tomislav Basic (CRO) took the helm for the day while owner Vladimir Prosikhin jumped on the pumps.

“We have been training hard and are determined to do better at this event,” Prosikhin said
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Great to see Russell Coutts back in the class on the helm of Katusha.

“It's great to be back on a monohull. We had fantastic conditions out there and a real good fun wind. This is actually my first time helming a boat since Rovinj in Croatia last year, but it still feels just as comfortable, it’s like riding a bike,” After two events Katusha are second overall on the match race leaderboard.

The strong easterly breeze is expected to hang around for tomorrow when fleet racing commences

Lulu Roseman


2012 RC44 Championship Tour Match Race Ranking
(After two events)

1   Synergy Russian Sailing Team – 11
2   Katusha – 9
3   Team Cascais (Aleph) – 9
4   Team Aqua – 8
5    RC44 Team CEEREF – 7
6   AEZ Sailing Team – 6
7   Puerto Calero – 6
8    No Way Back – 6
9   Artemis Racing – 6
10    Team Nika – 6
11   RUS-7 Sail Racing Team – 5
12   Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team – 4
13   Ironbound – 1
14   Aegir – 0
15    AFX Capital Racing – 0

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