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Dutchman Nico Poons and his Charisma team: Hamish Pepper (NZL) - Tactician, Chris Hosking (AUS) - Main trimmer, Ross Halcrow (NZL) - Headsail Trimmer. Dimitri Simmons (NED) - Offside Trimmer, Ryan Godfrey (AUS) - Pit, Robin Jacobs (NED) - Grinder and Ivan Peute (NED) - Bow
While racing in 44Cup events usually goes to the wire, decided in the last few metres of the final race, this hasn’t been the case this year when the dominant force has been Monaco-based Dutchman Nico Poons and his Charisma…
The penultimate day of the 44Cup World Championship made for highly tactical racing with many positions changing
With a race lost on Friday at the 44Cup Portorož World Championship, to recoup the schedule four races were held today (Saturday). The race area was further offshore with the nearby medieval town of Piran as an eyecatching backdrop in…
Dublin Bay trimmer Cian Guilfoyle sailing on Aleph lies second on French entry Aleph Racing
Another slow start for day two of the 44Cup Portorož World Championship saw the fleet held ashore with racing not getting underway until 1400. However, when it did fill in, the breeze was a crucial two knots more than it…
The 44 Cup 2022 World Championship fleet at Portoroz
Official racing starts at the 44Cup Portorož World Championship in Slovenia on Thursday, but today the eight-boat fleet enjoyed some warm-up competition. As Afloat reported, at least two Irish crews are competing in the eight-boat fleet. Wedged between Italy and…
The 44Cup Portoroz World Championship takes place in Slovenia next week from 12-16 October
While between themselves 44Cup teams may appear nonchalant that the annual World Championship for their high-performance RC44 one designs is “just another regatta”, in fact, this is far from the case with teams saving their best gear for the major…
Artemis Racing a four-point lead at the halfway stage in Marstrand
The waters off the Swedish holiday hotspot of Marstrand took on a different complexion on day two of 44Cup racing, with a sharp chop and the wind backed from the northwest to the south and gusting into the mid-high teens.…
The 44Cup at Marstrand, Sweden gets underway
Njörðr, the Norse god of the sea and the wind was clearly smiling upon both the 44Cup Marstrand and local team Artemis Racing for the first day of the 2022 44Cup’s third event off western Sweden’s holiday hotspot of Marstrand.…
The 44Cup Cascais is the second of the 2022 series for the high-performance owner-driver one designs
Normally 44Cup events are decided in the final gybes of the last leg of the last race after four days of competition. But at the 44Cup Cascais, the second of the 2022 series for the high performance owner-driver one designs,…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Cian Guilfoyle sailing on 'Aleph' as Grinder lies third in the 44Cup Cascais
Dun Laoghaire's Cian Guilfoyle stays third overall on Aleph after day three of the 44Cup in Cascais, Portugal. After two days of sun, Atlantic swell and prevailing northwesterlies, conditions turned around for day three of the 44Cup Cascais. Overnight the wind…
Together with Aleph Racing (above in which Dublin's Cian Guilfoyle is the grinder), Artemis Racing was second-lowest scoring RC44 today
Irish sailors are among the crews competing in the 44Cup, the circuit of the high-performance one-design RC44 class in Cascais, Portugal.  Dublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle is a Grinder on the French entry, Aleph in third place while Simon Johnson is in the Pit of…
The 44Cup Cascais sets sail today at noon
Two Irish sailors are among the crews lining up this morning in the 44Cup, the circuit of the high-performance one-design RC44 class.  As Afloat reported previously, Simon Johnson is in the Pit of Black Star Racing and Dublin Bay's Cian…
Next week, the 44Cup will return to the Portuguese sailing mecca of Cascais for event two of its 2022 season. Racing for the eight high-performance one-design monohulls will take place from Thursday to Sunday, 11-15 May. The cup features among…
The 44Cup started in Lanzarote in Spain in early February
Muscat, Oman, is to host the final and deciding event of the 2022 44Cup season, set to be held from 7 - 11 December. Hosted by Oman Sail, Muscat will be the last event of the five-stop international tour in…
Switzerland’s Black Star Sailing Team that includes Ireland's Simon Johnson, will compete in the 44Cup for the second event of the 2022 season in Cascais, Portugal, over 11-15 May.
Ireland's Simon Johnson is in the pit of Switzerland’s Black Star Sailing Team when the crew joins the 44Cup for the second event of the 2022 season in Cascais, Portugal, over 11-15 May. As regular Afloat readers will recall, the…
Igor Lah’s Ceeref crew celebrate in Lanzarote
Going into the final day of the 44Cup Calero Marinas, Igor Lah’s Ceeref powered by Hrastnik 1860 held a strong 11 point lead. Normally this would have seen them packing their bags early, having won with a race to spare.…
As a testament to the intense, but surprisingly equal racing, after six races, all ten of the RC44 teams had podiumed. After today’s final race six had won races.
Four races were held on day three of the 44Cup Calero Marinas in perfect trade winds conditions – sun, waves and easterly winds at times gusting to 20 knots. Discrete stars of the day were Igor Lah, tactician Adrian Stead…

About RC44

The RC44 is a light displacement, high performance one-design racing yacht competing in the 44Cup, a five-stop international racing tour. Co-designed by five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts with naval architect Andrej Justin, the RC44 boats are strictly identical in terms of construction, shape of hull, appendages and weight/weight distribution, as well as a 50-50 split between amateurs and professionals in each eight-person crew. 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. The RC44’s innovative and technical design present an exciting new hybrid sailing challenge, with the crews expected to hike like a sports boat and grind as you would on a keelboat.

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