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THE RC44 CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR 2013 Launched in 2007, the RC44 Championship Tour fast established itself as one of the most competitive and respected events on the international yacht racing circuit. The RC44 was created for top level racing in international regattas under strictly controlled Class Rules. The concept and the design features of the RC44 are dedicated to the amateur helmsmen racing in fleet racing sailing events. Reading like a who’s who of sailing’s greatest achievers, from America’s Cup legends to Olympic champions and round-the-world stalwarts, the top names to have embraced the RC44 class in its first five years include:
Present • Multiple World and European champion sailor Morgan Larson • 2000 America’s Cup winner and 2011 RC44 Championship Tour winner Cameron Appleton • Top French match race sailor and runner up in the 2007 and 2010 world match racing tour Mathieu Richard. • Winner of the 2007 America’s Cup Ed Baird • Beijing Olympic gold medallist, Paul Goodison Past • 2010 America’s Cup winning skipper James Spithill • American yachting titan Paul Cayard • Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker • US SAILING's 2008 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and TP52 World champion Terry Hutchinson That is before we mention RC44 co-designer and four-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts.
A Tour in which no-one is prepared to concede an inch, with skippers pushing the boats and their crews to the boundaries of their extensive capabilities and events that are often not decided until supercharged final days of racing. As Russell Coutts says, “It has developed into a high-level racing circuit and the standard of competition has grown a lot year-onyear. Each regatta just gets more and more competitive. It is probably fair to say it’s exceeded my expectations and the potential is there to even improve things further.” David Murphy, new to the class in 2011 with Ironbound, said: “It is a unique class, with certainly the highest level of competition in one-design sailing. For me the initial attraction was I was going to sail against the best sailors in the world.” Chris Bake, owner of Team Aqua and winner of the 2011 and 2012 RC44 Championship Tour, added: "I think the class provides a winning formula. On a relative basis it's affordable for the level of sailing you are doing, the racing format is highly enjoyable, the members of the class make it a lot of fun. It’s a good class with great people and it’s very competitive so it's very challenging for anyone coming into the fleet."
My how you've grown! In 2007 and the first ever RC44 Championship Tour event saw seven competing teams in the Slovenian port of Portoro탑. By the end of that inaugural season five more teams had joined the class. Fast forward six years and the 2012 Championship Tour saw an impressive 16 boats competing. Team Aqua won the RC44 Championship in 2012 for the second year in a row. With world class competition the number one priority, the RC44 Championship Tour only visits world-renowned sailing venues where decent breeze is as good as guaranteed. As the host venues comprise a mix of mountain inland lakes and ocean racing, the teams have to master the whole range of conditions throughout the season.
2013 TOUR PROGRAM 1. RC44 MUSCAT CUP 30 JANUARY – 3 FEBRUARY 2. TRAPANI RC44 CUP 1 – 5 MAY 3. RC44 SWEDEN CUP 25 – 29 JUNE 4. RC44 CASCAIS CUP 2 – 6 OCTOBER 5. 2013 RC44 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 20 -24 NOVEMBER
WHERE WE’RE GOING Three new cities and two old favourites have been announced as the host venues for the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour. The 2013 Tour will start in Muscat, Oman hosted by The Wave, Muscat, the first time the fleet has visited the country which invests so much in reigniting their maritime history. Another new venue to be added for the 2013 season is Trapani in Sicily, Italy. June will see the Championship Tour return for the third consecutive year to the sailing mecca of Marstrand, Sweden, before heading south to Cascais, Portugal. Finally the RC44 Champion will be crowned in November, when the final event of the Tour is hosted at a brand new marina being built at the old commercial port of Arrecife, Lanzarote. RC44 Oman Cup 2013 presented by Oman Shipping Company 30 January – 3 February Muscat, Oman
The 2013 Tour will start in Muscat, hosted by Oman Sail it is the first time the fleet has visited the country which invests so much in reigniting their maritime history. Occupying the south-east corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman offers crystal clear water and a prevailing north-easterly wind providing great sailing conditions to kick of the season. The country boasts a rich maritime heritage, has played host to a number of successful international sailing competitions over the past few years. The Wave, a new development with over 4,000 apartments, townhouses and villas spread over 2.5 million square meters offering contemporary architecture with subtle Middle Eastern influences will host the event village with a perfect view of the race course for the spectators.
RC44 Trapani Cup 1 – 5 May Sicily, Italy
Trapani, on the west coast of Sicily (Italy), will be one of the new venues for the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour. Trapani is the capital of the Province of Trapani and attracts thousands of tourists to marvel at the medieval architecture of the old town. The city is still an important fishing port and the RC44 event will be based in the port of Trapani.by the reliable nature of the wind conditions and challenging race area. The beautiful waters and strong winds will provide excellent conditions for the nternational teams, Trapani is of course a well-known venue to the sailing world having hosted Acts 8 and 9 of the Louis Vuitton Cup series in 2005 and the Extreme Sailing Series.
RC44 Sweden Cup 25 – 29 June Marstrand, Sweden
June will see the Championship tour return for the third consecutive year to the sailing mecca of Marstrand, Sweden. With a reliable afternoon sea breeze, open sea to the west and a spectacular stadium sailing arena for spectators to watch the fleet racing from the shore, Marstrand has become the most popular sailing destinations in Sweden. Located 40 minutes north-west of Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, Marstrand actually sits astride two islands – the islands of Marstrandsön and Koön. Marstrandsön is furthest out to sea and where the city centre is found.
RC44 Cascais Cup 2 - 6 October Cascais, Portugal
After an exciting debut in 2012, which saw the RC44 fleet challenged with a whole range of conditions, from howling winds to a light shifty sea breeze, the class once again returns to the picturesque bay of Cascais, Portugal. Overlooked by the historic fortress of Stª Maria and surrounded by a charming village, Cascais is the home of the Clube Naval de Cascais. The Clube Naval de Cascais was first founded in 1938 by sailing enthusiasts and has long been dedicated to promoting sailing in Portugal. Frequented by global yachting eventsincluding the America’s Cup World Series in August 2011, the Med-Cup, the Dragon Gold Cup, the TRANSAT Classic and many more, due to
RC44 World Championships 2013 20 – 24 November Arrecife, Lanzarote
the reliable nature of the wind conditions and challenging race area. Returning to Lanzarote or the sixth consecutive year since 2008, this will be the third time the Island has hosted the RC44 World Championships. Moving to the new port of Marina Lanzarote in the island’s bustling capital, Arrecife, the Calero families new marina complex is perfectly placed for the best racing conditions in the area. Lanzarote is located furthest to the north-east of the Canarian archipelago, meaning sailors can take full advantage of the predominant Atlantic trade winds.
ABOUT THE BOAT The RC44 is a light displacement, high performance one-design racing yacht, which through its meticulous design and construction, allows the owner/drivers who contest the RC44 Championship Tour to really experience the thrill of sailing a top-end racing boat. Co-designed by four-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts with naval architect Andrej Justin, the class endeavours to keep competition as fair as possible by ensuring the boats are strictly identical in terms of construction, shape of hull and appendages and weight/weight distribution as well as deck layout and equipment and sail plan. With everything, from the keel to the tip of the mast, made entirely from carbon, and with a powerful sail plan, the RC44 is rapid downwind, commanding upwind and performs exceptionally in both light winds and heavier breezes. So as well as presenting a great opportunity for the amateur owner/drivers, the class also attracts the world’s top professional sailors as the RC44’s innovative and cutting-edge design features presents them with an exciting new sailing challenge to master. “We wanted to include a degree of complexity so an owner can experience what a top-end race boat is like to sail, and it delivers on that,” explains Coutts. “and to create a boat that would be exciting to sail downwind and powerful in light winds, because most of the harbour and lake sailing is staged at lighter wind venues. “I also wanted a boat that could be sailed short-handed with a deck layout incorporating many non-standard adjustments. The trim tab on the keel is an example of that, to reduce keel area yet still achieve good upwind performance and manoeuvrability. It adds to the boat’s complexity but the racing enthusiast will enjoy trialling the different tab angles and the resulting performance benefits.”
Logistically speaking.. As well as the strict one-design class rules, one of the class’ other major concerns was ease of transportation and storage - it was important the RC44 was a non-complicated boat to own and could be raced in the summer and put away relatively easily in the winter. The RC44 class has constantly strived to help owners by developing innovative solutions to facilitate the logistics and minimise costs. As John Bassadone, owner of Peninsula Petroleum, enthused, “Definitely the logistics makes everything a lot easier; the whole way the boat is set-up is very clean and very easy,” while Artemis Racing owner Torbjorn Tornqvist added, “The boat is exciting, there is nothing out that can compare with that while the concept of moving it around means that the budget is reasonable.”
So how do they do it? The stern of the boat is removable to allow the transportation length to be less than 40 feet. The keel fin attachment is also easily detachable and the mast is assembled in two parts enabling all equipment to be stored and transported on a flat deck container to anywhere in the world. To complement this, the RC44 class enjoys the benefits of a revolutionary container that not only carries the boat but serves as a cradle once the boat arrives at a regatta venue. All equipment including sails, rudder, keel fin, boom, mast and spares are stored in compartments within the container. The bulb is transported in position under the hull. An RC44 takes just one day to reassemble when it arrives at its next port of call. Then there is the class’ expert technical support team, who work to ensure every boat is in prime racing condition every time it ventures onto the start line and can even get a boat back on the water just an hour after a major collision. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero enjoyed the full benefits of the technical support crew when she suffered a catastrophic mast breakage during the 2010 ORACLE RC44 Cup Miami. She returned ashore where the crew began stepping a spare mast that the class has available at each regatta for such incidents.
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: The hull, deck, structural liner, keel, rudder and rig were calculated and structurally optimised using Nastran software for the FEM analysis. Construction: Hull, deck and stern scoop are built in sandwich construction of epoxy resin and exclusively carbon unidirectional and biaxial fabrics, while the twill carbon woven rowing is used to give a smooth, clear, carbon look finish on all external surfaces.
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 cutter is fitted in the keel leading edge. The trim tab is built in carbon with RTM technology. The leadantimony bulb is cast in CNC machined steel mould for high precision and faired with epoxy compound. Rudder & steering system: The rudder and tapered rectangular section rudder shaft are one 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.
Mast & Rigging: The mast shape has a variable section, designed specially for this boat, to improve the mast-sail aerodynamic interaction. The mast is produced in two segments for transport reasons. Engine: Volvo 20HP diesel engine is fitted with specially developed retractable drive. The compact hydraulic transmission is moved up and down with two electro-hydraulic rams with remote controls at the steering position.
The men behind the magic magicHE MEN BEHIND THE MAGIC RUSSELL COUTTS Nationality: Born in 1962, Wellington, New Zealand. Academic background: The University of Auckland, Bachelor of Engineering Career highlights: Russell Coutts has won the America's Cup as a skipper four times. His sailing record includes winning the ISAF Youth World Championships, Finn class gold at the 1984 Olympics, three World Match Racing Championships, numerous international match race wins and IOR, IMS and One Design World Championship victories. In New Zealand he has been honoured with a Commander of the British Empire and the Distinguished Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit and has twice been the ISAF World Sailor of the Year.
ANDREJ JUSTIN Nationality: Born in 1959 in Koper on the Adriatic coast, Slovenia Academic background: Studied electronics and civil engineering in Ljubljana, Slovenia and architecture in Graz, Austria before graduating in Yacht Design from the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology in 1993. Career highlights: Andrej has lived with yachts and the sea all through his life. He designed his first boats for the biggest Slovenian boat builder ELAN in the late 1980s, and has designed several racing boats from 33-foot match race one design to 80-foot carbon, canting keel Maxi Jena. He has also designed cruisers from 37 foot to the Palmer Johnson 90' in aluminium.
THE TEAMS FOR 2013 AEGIR (GBR 22) BRIAN BENJAMIN (GBR) / IAN WILLIAMS (GBR) Brian Benjamin's Team Aegir comes from the world of Maxi Yacht Racing. Team Aegir joined the RC44 Tour in 2012 competing in two of the season’s five events. The team will combine racing in the Maxi and RC44 circuits for 2013. Racing identical RC44s on small racecourses forms a perfect platform to hone their starting technique and close quarter’s boat on boat strategy, not generally found on the Maxi circuit. TEAM ITALIA (ITA 7)) MASSIMO BARRANCO (ITA) / FLAVIO FAVINI (ITA) Team Italia is owned by Massimo Barranco, founder and General Manager of Eurograni SpA Company. The team made their RC44 debut in 2012 at the first event of the season and went on to finish 12th overall in their first season. The all-Italian team will be looking to make an impact in 2013 with the help of new tactician and Americas Cup sailor Flavio Favini.
TEAM ITALIA (ITA 7)) MASSIMO BARRANCO (ITA) / FLAVIO FAVINI (ITA) Team Italia is owned by Massimo Barranco, founder and General Manager of Eurograni SpA Company. The team made their RC44 debut in 2012 at the first event of the season and went on to finish 12th overall in their first season. The all-Italian team will be looking to make an impact in 2013 with the help of new tactician and Americas Cup sailor Flavio Favini.
ARTEMIS RACING (SWE 44) TORBJORN TORNQVIST (SWE) / PAUL CAYARD (USA) Led by Torbjorn Tornqvist, Artemis Racing has been involved with the RC44 class since 2008. The team has finished on the podium for the past four seasons, but has yet to be crowned RC44 Tour Champions. America's Cup legend Paul Cayard will stand in as tactician for the second event of the 2013 season.
TEAM CEEREF (SLO 11) IGOR LAH (SLO) / MICHELE IVALDI (ITA) The Slovenian team, led by Igor Lah, has been a consistent challenger at the top of the RC44 fleet since they joined in 2008. Owner Lah helms the boat for both the fleet and match racing, finishing 5th and 8th respectively in the two disciplines in 2012. The team are always looking to improve and expect to see them pushing for a podium finish in 2013.
IRONBOUND (USA 1) DAVID MURPHY (USA) / PAUL GOODISON (GBR) Representing America David Murphy’s Ironbound joined the RC44 Tour in 2011. Work commitments meant Murphy’s team could only compete in two Tour events in 2012, they finished 4th in Cascais and 11th at the World Championships in Rovinj, Croatia. Back on the full Tour for the 2013 season, the American team with a new tactician will be fighting back up the fleet standings.
THE TEAMS FOR 2013 KATUSHA (RUS 007) GENNADI TIMCHENKO (RUS) /ANDY HORTON (USA) The Russian Team Katusha, led by owner Gennadi Timchenko, joined the RC44 class 2009. In 2012 they were runners up to Team Aqua in the Championship Tour with America’s Cup legend Brad Butterworth calling the shots. For 2013 American Star sailor Andy Horton will step in as tactician and be hoping to get the team back on the podium.
MAG RACING (POL 44) KRZYSZTOF KREMPEC (POL) / PIOTR PRZYBYLSKI (POL) After a break from racing in 2012, Polish team MAG Racing owned by Krzysztof Krempec will be competing again with tactician Piotr Przybylski for the 2013 season. The team is known for their fun loving antics both on and off the race course.
TEAM NIKA (RUS10) VLADIMIR PROSIKHIN (RUS)/ TOMISLAV BASIC (SLO) Russian Team Nika joined the RC44 class in 2011; they finished their first full season 9th overall in the fleet racing and 5th in the match race standings. Owner and technology entrepreneur, Vladimir Prosikhin first got a taste for RC44 racing as a guest onboard the RC44 Beecom in Portorož, Slovenia in 2009. Vladimir plan is for a podium finish in 2013.
PENINSULA PETROLEUM SAILING TEAM (GBR 1) JOHN BASSADONE (GBR) / VASCO VASCOTTO (ITA) John Bassadone's Gibraltar based team is the current RC44 World Champions, winning the final event of the 2012 Tour in Rovinj, Croatia. Finishing just off the podium in 2012, Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team and her Spanish crew will be looking to continue their advance through the fleet rankings in 2013.
SYNERGY RUSSIAN SAILING TEAM (RUS 13) VALENTIN ZAVADNIKOV (RUS) / ED BAIRD (USA) Synergy Russian Sailing Team made its RC44 joined the class in 2010. Having also run successful TP52 and Louis Vuitton Series campaigns, Synergy’s goal is to develop top level yacht racing in Russia by creating professional crew to compete equally against the world’s best sailors. Well-know Russian politician and businessman Valentin Zavadnikov led his team to a 6th place in 2012 Tour, but with top match racer Ed Baird joining as tactician and match race helm, the Russian team topped the match race rankings in 2012, success they will be looking to emulate in 2013.
TEAM AQUA (GBR 2041) CHRIS BAKE (GBR) / CAMERON APPLETON (NZL) Chris Bake’s Team Aqua has been one of the leading forces on the RC44 Championship Tour circuit ever since its launch in 2007. With top match racer Cameron Appleton the permanent fixture as the team’s pro sailor, Team Aqua defended their 2011 RC44 Championship Tour title in 2012, keeping hold of the golden wheels for a second season. Will they be able to do the triple in 2013?
RUS-7 SAIL RACING TEAM POWERED BY ANYWAYANYDAY.COM (RUS 7) KIRILL PODOLSKY (RUS) / SURGEI SHEVTSOV (RUS) RUS-7 Sail Racing Team powered by AnyWayAnyDay.com, was the fourth Russian team to join the RC44 Tour. Lead by Kirill Podolsky, a seasoned sailor, the team will be looking to improve on the 14th place from the 2012 Tour.
ABOUT THE RACING With its strict one-design racing format the RC44 class is as level a playing field as you could wish to find in international yacht racing. This adds up to hugely competitive events, where every sailor’s skills across the whole range of conditions are tested to the maximum, and a Tour series that so often goes down to the wire.
All boats are identical in terms of construction, the shape of the hull and appendages, weight and weight distribution, deck layout and equipment Each team is also limited to the number of sails they can use at every event meaning a boat’s performance is purely down to team work onboard. The RC44 Championship Tour is made up of two elements – fleet racing and match racing. With a strict 50-50 split between amateurs and professionals in each eight-person crew, the amateur owners take the wheel for the fleet racing while the pro skippers get their chance to shine at the helm during the match racing. In 2013, racing will take place over five days, with one day of match racing followed by four days of fleet racing.
Previous Results The RC44 Championship Tour 2013 comprises five events and at the end of the Tour series two champions are crowned: 1) RC44 Fleet Racing Championship Tour champion 2) RC44 Match Racing Championship Tour champion
RC44 CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR WINNERS 2009 – No Way Back 2010 – Oracle Racing 2011 – Team Aqua 2012 – Team Aqua
RC44 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009 – No Way Back 2010 – Mascalzone Latino 2011 – Artemis Racing 2012 – Peninsula Petroleum
RC44 MATCH RACING WINNERS 2008 – Ceeref 2009 – Ceeref 2010 – Team Aqua 2011 – Team Aqua 2012 – Synergy Russian Sailing Team
HOW THE SCORING WORKS FLEET RACING With the team owners at the helm, and the pros calling tactics, the fleet racing events are very short, intense and action-packed affairs, with boats frequently separated by just seconds at the finish line. There are generally three to four fleet races a day and there is no discard meaning every single race placing really matters. Points are allocated on the standard ISAF ‘low point system’, so the boat that comes first in a race gets one point, second gets two points etc. The team with the fewest points at the end of the fleet racing at each event is that event’s fleet racing winner. The class also has the option to introduce a long distance race during a fleet racing series. These races are often two-three hours long, Where a team finishes in an event fleet racing rankings equals how many points they count in the overall RC44 Championship Tour fleet racing rankings. For example the team that finishes fifth in the fleet racing at event one scores five fleet racing points for that event. If a boat doesn’t compete at one event they score the total number of boats taking part +2 points for that event. The final RC44 Fleet Racing Championship Tour champion is determined by adding together every team’s five best fleet racing scores from the six events, with the lowest score winning. The fleet racing takes place on a windward-leeward course, with a dog leg at the windward mark and a gate at the leeward mark.
MATCH RACING Match racing is compelling to watch and a race can be won or lost before the start signal has even been sounded so important and exciting is the prestart. With the pros at the wheel, boats go head-to-head in a rolling round robin format throughout the five events, with the rankings based on the number of victories and losses each team picks up. The match racing contests are held on a windward-leeward course with one gate at the leeward mark and for the first time in 2012 will run on a 2 minute starting sequence to allow for more races.
SPECTATORS, GUESTS & MEDIA Since its 2007 debut, the RC44 class has held regattas in Europe, USA and the Middle East, attracting substantial spectator interest and media coverage. With new owners coming into the class every year, the class continues to expand rapidly. The high profile of the competitors, and the exceptional quality of the racing, guarantees extensive and wide-ranging media coverage and visibility across broadcast, print and online while the class also offers excellent VIP experiences for guests to sail onboard the RC44s during events. With events staged exclusively at elite sailing venues, there are significant opportunities for world class client entertainment while witnessing a fantastic entertainment spectacle on the water.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TRAPANI Trapani, on the west coast of Sicily (Italy), will be one of the new venues for the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour. The provincial capital of western Sicily, Trapani is also known as “The city of salt and sail”, for the thousand-year-old sea salt farming and for being a natural stage for very important international sailing events, such as the Extreme Sailing Series the America’s Cup and this year RC44 Championship Tour.
Events Schedule Tuesday, 30 April 09:30 - 18:00 14:00 18:00 Wednesday, 01 May 10:00 11:30 After racing Thursday, 02 May 10:30 12:00 20:00 Friday, 03 May 10:30 12:00
Saturday, 04 May 10:30 12:00 20:00 Sunday, 05 May 10:00 11:30 15:00
Registration & weigh-in Practice race All boats moored in event location
Match Race Briefing 1st warning signal for Match Race Official Press Conference Welcome cocktail, hospitality area Fleet Race briefing 1st warning signal for Fleet Race, after sailing pasta party Owners’ dinner at Florio Winery, Marsala
Fleet Race briefing 1st warning signal for Fleet Race, after sailing pasta party
Fleet Race briefing 1st warning signal for Fleet Race Gala Dinner at the Museum A. Pepoli, Trapani
Fleet Race briefing 1st warning signal for Fleet Race Last warning signal, after sailing Prize-giving ceremony (Match Race and Fleet Race)
Technical area is located in the port, in via Ammiraglio Staiti, 93, 91100, next to fire department. In the same area a tensioned structure will be equipped and furnished to arrange the main event location and related activities.
The boatyard is located in via Ilio, covering a surface of 20.000 square meters approximately and equipped with 130 mooring places and additional services. (Coordinates: 38° 00' 39" N - 12° 30' 03" E)
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