These 44’s seem odd to us. As we said on Twitter today, they look so uncomfortable to sail on – and why? But they do have an active class and circuit, so….
The first round of the RC 44 Championship, in Cagliari, was tricky for navigators and hard on the organizer’s nerves. Big black clouds started building early in the afternoon, forcing Peter Reggio to send everyone home after two flights. The first flight saw fairly easy victories from Team Aqua, BMW Oracle Racing and Puerto Calero against, respectively, Team Sea Dubai, Team Austria and Team Organika, but the most interesting match was Team No Way Back versus Artemis. The two teams kept in contact all along, showing how much the Dutch have improved since the last regatta, both boats arrived together at the last windward mark and went into a spectacular dial up that turned out to Dean Barker’s advantage. Despite losing the race, Philippe Presti and his crew on No Way Back got the proof that their long training session in Lanzarote had paid off. Owner Pieter Heerema said: “I am happy because we seem to be more in the race than before. We trained very hard after the last regatta and it has paid off. We had a good session in Lanzarote with Team Puerto Calero; we tuned up together and progressed a lot. We will do the same next month with the Austrians. It is an apprenticeship for all of us. We are learning a lot. At this stage, I am convinced that it is more important for us to spend a week sailing than to buy new sails.Photo: Copyright Mario Lastretti / RC 44 Class.