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4 The RC44 Championship Tour 2010 7 2010 Program 8 A class that provides a real support to its members 9 The RC44 10 Boat specifications 11 Coutts Justin Design 13 The Teams 15 Spectators, Guests & Media 16 Class Partners & Suppliers 17 Results
THE RC44 CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR
The RC 44 Championship Tour The RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 comprises six different regattas held in five different countries (UAE, Spain, Austria, Denmark and the USA). The RC 44 Championship Tour is one of
the Middle-East, the Class plans to develop a
designed by four-time America’s Cup winner
the world’s top sailing events. Officially
North American circuit.
Russell Coutts, together with Slovenian naval
recognised by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the Tour comprises six different regattas held in five different countries (UAE, Spain, Austria, Denmark, and the USA). An RC 44 World Championship will take place for the first time this year, in
architect Andrej Justin. Twenty-two RC 44
« The fourth RC 44 Championship Tour is one of sailing’s top international events in 2010. »
Puerto Calero (Lanzarote, Canary islands),
one-designs have been built to date. The Class partners are: Oracle and SLAM (official clothes). The teams involved in the Championship Tour 2010 include Team No Way Back (Pieter
on October 11-16. Following three successful
The RC 44 is a light displacement, high
Heerema / Ray Davies), Artemis (Torbjorn
editions of the Tour in Central Europe and
performance One Design sailing boat
Tornqvist / Terry Hutchinson), Ceeref (Igor
Lah / Rod Davies), BMW ORACLE Racing
Other features such as direct umpiring,
Several rules have been updated in order
(Larry Ellison / Russell Coutts), Team Aqua
leeward gates during the fleet and match
to increase the appeal of the Class in 2010.
(Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton), Team
racing series and short courses enhance the
For example, the events now begin with the
Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (José Juan and
level of the competition.
match race event on day 1 & 2. The third day
Daniel Calero / José Maria Ponce), Katusha
is a fleet race practice day as well as a spare
(Guennadi Timtchenko / Paul Cayard),
When they started designing the RC 44,
day to conclude the match race if necessary.
Team Sea Dubai (Markus Wieser / Harm
Andrej Justin and Russell Coutts immediately
The fleet regattas take place on day 4, 5 and
Muller Speer), Team Austria (René Mangold
included the transportation and storage
/ Christian Binder), RC 44 Challenge (James
issues in their thoughts. As a consequence,
Spithill) and Organika (Maciej Nawrocki /
the stern of the boat is removable to allow
With six international regattas, some of the
the transportation length to be less than
world’s best sailors and new teams joining
40 feet. The keel fin attachment is also
the Class, the fourth RC 44 Championship
The main features of the RC 44 Championship
easily removable whilst the carbon mast
Tour is one of sailing’s top international
Tour are the quality of the venues, the level
is assembled in two parts. Therefore all
events in 2010.
of hospitality and the one-design concept.
equipment can be stored and transported
The RC 44 regattas include an exciting
on a flat deck container which can be
The Class website provides regular news
combination of fleet racing (owner driver rule)
transported in a cost effective way.
about the activities and events. www.rc44.
and match racing (no helmsman limitation),
with two rankings and one overall result.
6 Miami United States December 7 - 12
Spain, Canary Islands October 11 - 16
Spain July 27 - August 1
#1 Al maktoum SailingTrophy, Dubai, UAE - February 22 - 27 #2 RC44 Austria Cup, Gmunden, Austria - April 29 - May 4 #3 RC44 Copenhagen Cup, Copenhagen, Danemark - June 8 - 13 #4 RC44 Valencia Cup, Valencia, Spain - July 27 - August 1 #5 RC44 World Championship Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, Puerto Calero, Canary Islands - October 11 - 16 #6 ORACLE RC44 MIAMI Cup, Miami, United States - December 7 - 12
Danemark June 8 - 13
Austria April 29 - May 4
UAE February 22 - 27
2010 PROGRAM #1 #2
Al maktoum Sailing Trophy
RC44 Austria Cup
Dubai, UAE February 22 - 27
Gmunden, Austria April 29 - May 4
RC44 Copenhagen Cup
RC44 Valencia Cup
Copenhagen, Danemark June 8 - 13
Valencia, Spain July 27 - August 1
RC44 World Championship Puerto Calero Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, Canary Islands October 11 - 16
Oracle RC44 MIAMI Cup Miami, United States December 7 - 12
A CLASS THAT PROVIDES A REAL SUPPORT TO ITS MEMBERS The RC 44 Class helps its members
length to be less than 40 feet. The keel fin
fitted with a small manual winch. The boat
by constantly developing innovative
attachment is also easily removable whilst
is supported on soft straps which are raised
solutions in order to facilitate the logistics
the carbon mast is assembled in two parts.
between the struts using the winches, to a
and reduce the costs.
Therefore all equipment can be stored and
position high enough to allow the attachment
transported on a flat deck container which
of the keel fin to the bulb. The hull is then
can be transported anywhere in the world.
lowered onto the keel after which the rudder
The RC 44 Class doesn’t just propose high performance boats, spectacular regattas and
and other parts are attached.
great venues. It also helps teams transport
In parallel, Andrej Justin and Marino Quaiat
their boats & support material from a venue to
have designed and built a revolutionary
«When the team has got its hands around the
the next in a safe and timely manner. Indeed,
container that not only carries the boat but
system, it takes only one day to assemble the
organizing regattas at various new locations
serves as a cradle once the boat arrives at a
RC 44”, comments Andrej Justin. “You only
is a challenge where boats and equipment
regatta venue. All equipment including sails,
need a crane for twenty minutes when you
need to be moved quickly and safely.
rudder, keel fin, boom, mast and spares are
want to step the mast.”
stored in compartments within the container. When they started designing the RC 44, Andrej
The bulb is transported in position under the
All the teams are allocated space in the
Justin and Russell Coutts immediately included
RC 44 container. The Class also provides a
the transportation and storage issues in their
refrigerated container, where the sails are
thoughts. As a consequence, the stern of the
After arrival at a regatta venue, four struts are
boat is removable to allow the transportation
attached to the side of the container, each
The RC 44 is a light displacement high
distribution, deck layout and equipment, sail
The philosophy was to create something
performance One Design sailing boat. It was
plan and performance. “We wanted to include
special for the racing sailor – a bit like owning
designed by three-time America’s Cup winner
a degree of complexity so an owner can
a sports car versus a 4-wheel drive!
Russell Coutts, together with naval architect
experience what a top-end race boat is like to
Andrej Justin. The RC 44 was created for top
sail, and it delivers on that”, explains Russell
The class rules and the construction of the
level racing in international regattas under
Coutts. “Yet we also wanted it to be easy to
boat are being tightly controlled to protect the
strictly controlled Class Rules. The concept and
own – you can race this boat in summer and if
one-design concept and reduce development
the design features of the RC 44 are dedicated
you wish put it away easily in winter.”
costs for participants. For fleet racing it is an
to the amateur owners racing in fleet racing and match racing sailing events.
owner driver class with strict limitations on With a powerful sail plan, the RC 44 is
the number of professional crew. For match
intended strictly for racing, either match
racing, there is no helmsman limitation.
The objective of the Class is to develop a high
racing or day sailing fleet races. The boat is
level and entertaining racing program and to
targeted at the day sailor who wishes to sail
keep the absolute one design aspect of the RC
a high performance one-design class. It has
44 by ensuring that all boats are as identical
no comforts for cruising, and with a big open
as possible in terms of construction, shape
cockpit, a fairly narrow beam and the huge
of hull and appendages, weight and weight
sail plan it produces a lot of excitement.
Boat Specifications Boat dimensions: LOA: 13.35 m Bmax: 2.75m Draft: 2.90m Mast: 20.32m Displ: 3560kg Keel: 2200kg Crew: 680kg Concept: This is a light-displacement racing yacht designed to be fast downwind and powerful upwind. It has a high aspect ratio keel with a trim tab and rudder. Easy transport concept: The specially designed canting trailer, easy detachable stern scoop and simple keel to hull attachment with a conical joint/coupling makes the boat very easy to transport and store. The mast is also built in two structural parts making the boat easy to transport on the road with no oversize restrictions. Structural design:
Rudder & steering system:
The hull, deck, structural liner, keel, rudder and rig were calculated and
The rudder and tapered rectangular section rudder shaft are one
structurally optimised using Nastran software for the FEM analysis.
piece carbon built with RTM technology in a high precision female mould. The rudder shaft structure is FEM optimised and dimensioned
according to ABS loads for speed of over 26 knots.
Hull, deck and stern scoop are built in sandwich construction of epoxy resin and exclusively carbon unidirectional and biaxial fabrics, while
Mast & Rigging:
the twill carbon woven rowing is used to give a smooth, clear, carbon
The mast shape has a variable section, designed specially for this
look finish on all external surfaces.
boat, to improve the mast-sail aerodynamic interaction. The mast is produced in two segments for transport reasons.
Keel & bulb: The keel is built of carbon pre-preg material in carbon moulds
postcured at high temperature and pressure in an autoclave. A weed
Volvo 20HP diesel engine is fitted with specially developed retractable
cutter is fitted in the keel leading edge. The trim tab is built in carbon
drive. The compact hydraulic transmission is moved up and down
with RTM technology. The lead-antimony bulb is cast in CNC machined
with two electro-hydraulic rams with remote controls at the steering
steel mould for high precision and faired with epoxy compound.
COUTTS JUSTIN DESIGN
Nationality: New Zealand
Born March 1st, 1962, Wellington, New Zealand.
Born in 1959 in Koper on the Adriatic coast.
Married to Jenny and father of four children. Academic background: Academic Background:
Studied electronics and civil engineering in Ljubljana – Slovenia
The University of Auckland, Bachelor of Engineering.
and architecture in Graz – Austria, Graduated in Yacht Design at Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology in 1993.
Career highlights: Russell Coutts has won the America’s Cup four times. His sailing
record includes winning the ISAF World Youth championships,
Andrej Justin, born in Koper on the Adriatic coast in 1959, has lived
a Gold Medal in the 1984 Olympics, three World Match Racing
with yachts and the sea all through his life. He studied electronics
Championships, numerous international match race wins and IOR,
and civil engineering in Ljubljana – Slovenia and architecture in Graz
IMS and One Design World Championship victories. In New Zealand
– Austria. He designed his first boats for the biggest Slovenian boat
he has been honoured with a Commander of the British Empire and
builder ELAN in the late eighties, and graduated in Yacht Design at
the Distinguished Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit and
Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology in 1993. Andrej Justin has
has twice been the International Yacht Racing Union’s World Sailor
designed several racing boats from 33-foot match race one design
of the Year. His is the skipper and CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing.
JustinTen to 80-foot carbon, canting keel MaxiJena, and cruisers from 37-foot to the currently under construction PalmerJohnson 90’ in aluminium.
Synergy Russian Sailing Team
BMW Oracle Racing
No way Back
Islas Canarias Puerto Calero
AEZ RC44 Sailing Team
Team Sea Dubai
he RC44 core fleet is definitely international, with twenty boats representing twelve nations (Russia, Sweden, Spain, Japan, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Dubai, Portugal, Poland, Austria, USA and China). All the team managers have selected top level crews whilst respecting the Class Rules which restricts the number of professional sailors to four per boat. This rule leads to an interesting combination of skilled amateur sailors and America’s Cup or Olympic sailors.
IRONBOUND USA 1
PENINSULA PETROLEUM GBR 1
SYNERGY RUSSIAN SAILING TEAM - RUS 13
David Murphy (USA)
John Bassadone (GBR)
Scottssburg Manor LTD
Ian Williams (GBR)
Iñaki Castañer (ESP)
Evgeniy Neugodnikov (RUS)
David Murphy joins the RC 44 Championship Tour for the first time during the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami. “We have entered this fleet because it represents the highest level of competition in sailing today”, he says. Murphy loves the one design concept of the Class. The team’s pro skipper and match race helmsman is Ian Williams, one of Great Britain’s best specialists of match racing.
Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team has been involved in the GP 42 Series before joining the RC 44 Championship Tour during the Worlds in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote. It is therefore an experienced and ambitious team, that plans to play an active role in the Class. The pro skipper of the team is John Bassadone whilst most team members come from Spain.
Synergy Russian Sailing Team joined the RC 44 Class in Puerto Calero during the RC 44 Worlds in October 2010. The team is very active in the TP 52 Class and was also involved in the Louis Vuitton Series. Its purpose is to help develop top level yacht racing in Russia. The team’s pro skipper is Evgeniy Neugodnikov and all the members of the team come from Russia.
Results: New in 2010
Results: New in 2010
TEAM KATUSHA RUS 007
TEAM ARTEMIS SWE 44
BMW ORACLE RACING USA 19
Guennadi Timtchenko (RUS)
Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE)
Larry Ellison (USA)
Paul Cayard (USA)
Terry Hutchinson (USA)
Russell Coutts (NZL)
Team Katusha is a Russian team skippered by sailing legend Paul Cayard. The team joined the RC 44 Championship Tour in September 2009 and immediately won its first match race contest, showing its level of ambition from the onset. Katusha and its international crew are with no doubt one of the favourites for the season 2010.
Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis is one of the top teams in the RC 44 Championship Tour. Artemis began racing in the RC 44 Championship Tour at the end of 2008. It dominated most of the season 2009 with Dean Barker calling the shots, winning the fleet racing and finishing second overall. Pro sailor Terry Hutchinson has recently joined the team as helmsman and will be involved in both the RC 44 Championship Tour and Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Louis Vuitton Trophy team.
Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts and their team BMWORACLE Racing finished respectively fifth and fourth in the RC 44 Championship Tour 2008 and 2009. Russell Coutts is the founder of the RC 44 Class whilst Larry Ellison is the owner of team BMW ORACLE Racing. The crew is made of a mixture of top America’s Cup sailors and amateur yacht racers.
Results: New in 2010 www.rc44.com/ironbound
Results overall 2009: 8th www.rc44.com/katusha
Results overall 2009: 2nd
Results overall 2009: 4th bmworacleracing.com
NO WAY BACK NED 18
17 USA 17
JELIK HKG 16
Pieter Heerema (NED)
James Spithill (USA)
Frank Pong (HKG)
Recent winner of the America’s Cup at the helm of BMW ORACLE Racing, James « Jimmy » Spithill makes his comeback on the RC 44 Championship Tour as skipper and match race helmsman of RC44 Challenge. The team is made of a mixture of America’s Cup sailors and genuine amateurs, as required by the Class rules. It will with no doubt immediately become one of the favourites of the event.
Frank Pong’s team Jelik discovered the RC 44 Championship Tour during last year’s regatta in Malcesine. Usually involved in the Asian yacht racing circuit, Pong and his team ambition to sail more in Europe; they will join the Championship Tour 2010 in Austria and consider competing in several regattas this year.
Results: New in 2010
Ray Davies (NZL) Pieter Heerema’s Team No Way Back started sailing in the RC 44 Championship Tour at the beginning of 2009, making fast and steady progress and going from last to first throughout the season. No Way Back won the overall title in its first year, which is a fabulous accomplishment. Benefiting from Ray Davies’ advice, the team finished third overall in the fleet race ranking and second of the match race contest. Owner Pieter Heerema steers during the fleet races as well as during some of the matches. Results overall 2009: 1st
Results overall 2009: 11th
ISLAS CANARIAS PUERTO TEAM CEEREF CALERO - ESP1 SLO 11
AEZ RC44 SAILING TEAM AUT 44
Jose Juan and Daniel Calero (ESP)
Igor Lah (SLO)
René Mangold (AUT)
José Maria Ponce (ESP)
Rod Davis (NZL)
Christian Binder (AUT)
The Calero family discovered the RC44 Class during the Gold Cup 2008, and decided to launch a serious project for the season 2010. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero finished seventh overall in 2009, proving that they can beat the best teams in both the match and fleet regattas. Daniel and his brother José Juan share helming duties during the fleet races whilst Spanish match-race champion José Maria Ponce is at the helm for the match races.
Team CEEREF is led by Igor Lah (SLO), who steers the boat during the fleet regattas whilst pro sailor Rod Davis is at the helm during the matches. Ceeref has been one of the leaders of the Championship tour since 2008, finishing second two years ago and third overall last year. The Slovenian team managed to win the match race title in 2009.
René Mangold’s team is made of amateur sailors from Austria. The team has been training hard last year and has made steady progress, winning several fleet regattas by the end of the year. The team joined the RC44 Championship Tour for the first time in 2009 and finished tenth overall.
Results overall 2009: 3rd
Results overall 2009: 7th
Results overall 2009: 10th
MASCALZONE LATINO ITA 07
TEAM SEA DUBAI UAE 77
TEAM AQUA UAE 440
Vincenzo Onorato (ITA)
Chris Bake (CAN)
Francesco Bruni (ITA)
Markus Wieser (GER)
Cameron Appleton (NZL)
Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino was one of the first teams to join the RC 44 circuit in 2006. The team then competed on other projects, including the America’s Cup 2007, and has been back in the Championship Tour since the summer 2010. The team is currently 11th overall; a result that doesn’t reflect its members’ huge talent and potential.
Team Sea Dubai started its campaign in March 2008, and obtained excellent results from the onset. The team’s pro skipper is Markus Wieser, from Germany, who won the Dragon worlds in 2009. Yousef Lahej, a young talent from DIMC, steers the boat during the fleet regattas. The team finished ninth of the Championship Tour 2009, sixth overall in the fleet race ranking and ninth in the match race event. Results overall 2009: 9th
Chris Bake’s Team Aqua has been one of the leading forces in the RC 44 Championship Tour for the past three years, winning the Tour in 2007, finishing fourth in 2008 and fifth in 2009 after dominating the beginning of the season. The team’s pro sailor is NewZealander Cameron Appleton.
Results overall 2009: 5th www.teamaqua.org
TEAM ORGANIKA POL 14
TEAM BEECOM JPN 5
Maciej Nawrocki (POL)
Isao Mita (JPN)
Stéphane Kandler (FRA)
Karol Jablonski (POL)
Kelvin Harrap (NZL)
Maciej Nawrocki’s Organika Sailing Team comes from Poland and is involved in the Class since the end of 2007. The team’s pro sailor and match race helmsman is Karol Jablonski, who was the skipper of the Spanish team in the 32nd America’s Cup. The team finished sixth in the Championship Tour 2009 and obtained a brilliant third position in the match race contest.
Team Beecom is one of the RC 44 Class oldest teams. The team is currently not involved in the Championship Tour, but is considering a come back.
Stéphane Kandler’s K-Challenge America’s Cup team plans to join the RC 44 Championship Tour in the future.
Results overall 2009: 6th www.organikasailingteam.pl
SPECTATORS, GUESTS & MEDIA The RC 44 features a long stern scoop, ideal
The races are short and intense, making them
The series TV footage is also distributed by
to host a guest. During regattas – or training
enjoyable whilst not too long to watch for the
SNTV and the EBU news networks.
sessions – journalists, sponsors and VIP guests
can experience the formidable sensations
Highlights of the regattas are being shown on
provided by sailing on those high tech boats
All the races are covered by a media team that
a daily basis on the Class website as well as on
with top sailors.
includes professional photographers and
yacht racing websites all over the world.
TV production. The regatta summaries and The Class’s goal is to get closer to the public,
results are posted daily on the Class website
by inviting people to watch the show afloat,
(www.rc44.com) whilst the TV productions
racing close to the shore and by giving the
are shown on Seamaster Series, Eurosport,
public the opportunity to meet with the sailors
Gillette World Sports, Sailing Channel and
after the regattas.
All the races are covered by a media team that includes professional photographers and TV production.
Championship Tour Supplier
Results RC44 Championship Tour 2010 Race
AEZ RC44 Sailing Team
BMW ORACLE Racing
Islas Canarias Puerto Calero
No Way Back
Synergy Russian Sailing Team
AEZ RC44 Sailing Team
BMW ORACLE Racing
Islas Canarias Puerto Calero
No Way Back
Synergy Russian Sailing Team
All the results 2010 available online race after race: www.rc44.com/en/regattas/ranking.php
RC44 Championship Tour 2010