RC44 Cascais Cup 02.10.2017

02.10.2017
Day 4 RC44 Cascais Cup – Come from behind win for Katusha in Cascais
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE4jFSJL9SI&feature=youtu.be – Video
Cascais laid on an action-packed day for the conclusion of the 2017 RC44 Championship’s penultimate event, the RC44 Cascais Cup. At the beginning of it, Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF held a slender lead, but lost it to Charisma. By the start of the third and final race Alexander Novoselov’s Katusha was leading by two points. Despite Team CEEREF sailing an immaculate final race, a second placed finish for Katusha enabled the Russian team to win the RC44 Cascais Cup by just one point.

Katusha’s 3-1-2 scoreline today was the best that any of the boats has posted all week in what has been a fairly high scoring regatta.

With the wind in the 10-12 knot range for the start of today’s first race, by the end of that race it had piped up to 20 and remained in the 20-25 knot range for the remainder of the day. This enabled the RC44s to hit their top speeds, but with considerable drama as the crews clung on to their yachts on downwind sleigh rides.

1 October-RC44 Cascais Cup-Fleet Racing Day 4

Cascais laid on an action-packed day for the conclusion of the 2017 RC44 Championship’s penultimate event, the RC44 Cascais Cup. At the beginning of it, Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF held a slender lead, but lost it to Charisma. By the start of the third and final race Alexander Novoselov’s Katusha was leading by two points. Despite Team CEEREF sailing an immaculate final race, a second placed finish for Katusha enabled the Russian team to win the RC44 Cascais Cup by just one point.

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30 September – RC44 Cascais Cup – Fleet Racing Day 3

Day three of the RC44 Cascais Cup saw three more teams come to the fore for the first time. Conditions were difficult for the race committee, who ran the first race on the ‚offshore course‘ in wind heading for the high 20s, and then had to move the race track into the Tagus estuary. Here the sea state was calmer, but an unusual offshore northerly was causing significant shifts, gusts and holes in the breeze.

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29 September – RC44 Cascais Cup – Fleet Racing Day 2

Again it was a day with three different winners and mixed results for all. Kirill Frolov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team scored the first bullet of the day. Race two was claimed by Alexander Novoselov’s Katusha, so far the only boat in the event to have won two races. There was much excitement in race three as Artemis Racing Youth led around the first mark. The young Swedes fended off a strong challenge from John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum to claim the final race of the day.

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28 September – RC44 Cascais Cup – Fleet Racing Day 1

Competition out on the water for day one of the RC44 Cascais Cup showed that the two points separating the top five boats in the overall 2017 RC44 Championship to be no aberration. After three races the leaderboard is similarly tight with just five points separating the top seven boats. Not only was there three different winners, but in each case the winner was not the leader at the first top mark rounding.

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