Who’s The Boss
Sailors spent a hell of a long day on the water today at the RC 44 event on Lake Traunsee, Austria. Yesterday’s racing for the Austria Cup was cancelled due to no wind, and today, organizers decided on an 8 a.m. start. The wind still wasn’t cooperating, so the first start happened after lunch.
Some very intense matches followed, featuring just about all the situations match racing can offer, including some nasty ones. The jury was under serious pressure as teams made attempt after attempt to force penalties.
The needle match of the day was James Spithill on Cereef versus Larry Ellison on MBW/Oracle with Coutts on tactics. This match – superstar young gun vs. his boss and his boss’s boss – proved to be one of the best of the event, with Spithill winning by six seconds after an epic dual. At the end, of racing Spithill was undisputed leader, with a clean sweep.
You’ve got to laugh at the blurb at the end of all the official press releases: “The concept and the design features of the RC 44 are dedicated to the amateur helmsmen racing in fleet and match racing sailing events.” Umm…amateur? Like Spithill, Coutts, Kostecki, Col…yeah, right.
Photo Giles Martin-Raget. More pix of the Spithill/Ellison epic are here.