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RC44 Valletta Cup~2015 RC44 Championship Tour

RC44 Valletta Cup~2015 RC44 Championship Tour

It seems that Mother Nature does not intend the 2015 RC44 Championship Tour to get off to a gentle start. Today near gale force southeasterlies were battering the coast of Malta, as the teams geared up for the opening regatta of 2015, the RC44 Valletta Cup. With the wind forecast to build to a full gale later, most teams chose to get their practice in this morning before returning to their berths at the Royal Malta Yacht Club, within Valletta Harbour, and battening down hatches.

The benchmark in the fleet remains Team Aqua who, under Chris Bake, last year claimed its fourth consecutive RC44 Championship win and as overall Tour leader is the holder of the ‘golden wheels’. However Bake is unable to compete in the first three regattas this season and has passed the helm over to Swede Richard Goransson, who comes from the Melges 32 and 20 classes where he campaigns Inga from Sweden.

With eight match racing flights planned, the first warning signal is scheduled for 11.30 CET Wednesday morning.

Teams Competing in the RC44 Valletta CupRC44 Valletta Cup~2015 RC44 Championship Tour

Artemis Racing (SWE 44)
Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE)
Iain Percy (GBR)

Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4)
Gustaf Lidvall (SWE)
Paul Goodison (GBR)

Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS 18)
Vladimir Liubomirov (RUS)
Michele Ivaldi (ITA)

Charisma (MON 69)
Nico Poons (NED)
Ray Davies (NZL)

Katusha (RUS 21)
Vadim Alexeev (RUS)
Andy Horton (USA)

MAG Racing (POL 44)
Krzysztof Krempec (POL)
Artur Kasner (POL)
Kasia Tylinska (POL)

Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1)
John Bassadone (GBR)
Vasco Vascotto (ITA)

Team Aqua (GBR 2041)
Richard Goransson (SWE)
Cameron Appleton (NZL)

Team CEEREF (SLO 11)
Igor Lah (SLO)
Adrian Stead (GBR)

Team Nika (RUS 10)
Vladimir Prosikhin (RUS)
Dean Barker (NZL)

RUS 7 – Anywayanyday (RUS 7)
Kirill Podolsky (RUS)
Igor Lisovenko (RUS)

by sailweb

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