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2023 44Cup Cowes World Championship – Day 2

In typical 44 Cup style, Friday’s racing at the World Championship for the leading owner driver one design circuit concluded with two boats tied in the top spot with third place just one point behind with two days of racing left this weekend.

With the wind having veered southwest overnight, the Royal Yacht Squadron’s race committee, overseen by class PRO Maria Torrijo, moved the race area into the central-western Solent, off the Beaulieu River. The wind was also less, starting at 12-14 knots and dropping to 6-10, but gusty and shifty as a steady stream of clouds passed through bringing with them drizzle and reduced visibility. Given Saturday’s potentially vicious forecast and uncertainty over whether racing will be possible, four rather than three races were held today. The first start at 1130 coincided with the end of the ebb, which was followed by two highly tactical races when the tide was slack before it began flooding. Given the dynamic situation it was a relatively high scoring day.

After a lacklustre first day, Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing came out guns blazing and with some aggressive playing of the tide on the opening beat, was first to the top mark and from there to the finish ahead of Team Nika and Aleph Racing. With the bit still between their teeth, the Swedish team followed this with a third in the second race.

In the second race Chris Bake’s Team Aqua pulled in ahead onto the starboard lay line coming into the first top mark rounding. Resolutely hanging on, Team Aqua notched up her third bullet of the regatta.

With the flood beginning, combined Solent wisdom suggested taking the right/mainland side of the beat where the tide on the plateau off the Beaulieu River would provide relief. Eight of the nine RC44s employed this tactic, with the exception of John Bassadone’s Peninsula Racing which on her lonesome headed to the left/Isle of Wight side of the course. However a favourable shift caused the Gibraltar team to round the top mark with a monster lead of 1 minutes 52 seconds over Nico Poons’ second placed Charisma. The rest of the fleet was left fighting for positions with Charisma second ahead of Igor Lah’s Team Ceeref powered by Hrastnik 1860.

Peninsula Racing’s tactician Vasco Vascotto explained: “At the start the wind was really right. We started to leeward and I said ‘to me this is the maximum lift we are going to see.'” Then everyone else tacked. “We were alone for a long time and prayed our choice was correct. I promise you that the next 10-15 minutes felt like hours – but it was nice to cross in front! Obviously we were relieved that finally something worked. It was nice to watch and I had a lot of messages, but the reality was that personally I had three other bad races. If we want to win this championship, I need to sail better.”

In the final race the right/mainland side of the course was definitely paying but by how much? Ultimately the tide left the group which had gone further right overstood, while those inside, Aleph Racing and Black Star Sailing Team, were sweetly lifted up rounding ahead and going on to win.

2023 44Cup World Championship Ranking (after seven races)

1. Aleph Racing – 2 5 6 3 2 6 1 (2) – 27
2. Team Nika – 7 3 1 2 4 5 5 – 27
3. Charisma – 4 2 2 4 8 2 6 – 28
4. Team Aqua – 1 1 4 8 1 7 8 – 30
5. Black Star Sailing Team – 5 6 3 6 6 4 2 – 32
6. Peninsula Racing – 3 4 5 7 7 1 7 – 34
7. Team Ceeref powered by Hrastnik 1860 – 6 7 7 5 5 3 3 – 36
8. Artemis Racing – 8 9 8 1 3 8 4 – 41
9. Bullet – 9 8 9 9 9 9 10DNF- 63

44Cup Overall Ranking 2023
(after two events)

1. Charisma – 2 1 – 3
2. Team Ceeref powered by Hrastnik 1860 – 1 5 – 6
3. Peninsula Racing – 4 2 – 6
4. Aleph Racing – 3 3 – 6
5. Team Nika – 5 4 – 9
6. Black Star Sailing Team – 8 6 – 14
7. Artemis Racing – 6 8 – 14
8. Team Aqua – 7 7 -1

 

 

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