Final round in Slovenia

Details of the forthcoming RC44 season closer at Portoroz

Thursday October 26th 2006, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: United Kingdom
The Portoroz Cup is the fourth and last event of the year for the young RC 44 Class. The regatta will be a mix of fleet racing (Friday and Sunday) and match-racing (Saturday). It promises to be exciting as the level of the teams is increasing rapidly.

Many talented sailors will take this opportunity to challenge triple America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts, and to take a revenge on the croatian team Cro-A-Sail following their victories in the Biograd match race and the Trieste fleet regatta. Amongst them, Morten Henrikson of Denmark ( Team Beecom), former European Champion in the Soling class, British sailor Adrian Stead ( Mascalzone Latino), recent winner of the Farr 40 worlds, and Lorenzo Bodini. Bodini, a real star of Italian Sailing, will be helmsman of Team Punto Scotta in the match races and tactician to the helmsman Fabio Apollonio in the fleet races.

Russell Coutts will sail with his usual Team Omega. During the fleet regattas, Edoardo Pavesio will take the helm whilst Coutts will be the tactician.

Tomislav Bašić, regularly ranked amongst the top 10 match racers in the world for the last 3 years, will helm Team Cro-A-Sail during the match-races, and give the helm to Miroslav Reljanovic for the fleet regattas.

The three days Portoroz Cup 2006 will take place on courses laid close to the coast and Portoroz seafront. The popular sailing event will be accompanied by different promotional and social activities in the marina of Portoroz, where the RC44 will be docked on a special pier, so that they can be seen after the races by spectators.

The following teams will compete for the ‘Portoroz Cup’: Team Omega (Russell Coutts), the Japanese Team Beecom (Isao Mita), Croatian Team Cro-A-Sail (Miroslav Reljanovic), Team Mascalzone Latino (Wolfgang Schaefer) and Team Punto Scotta (Fabio Apollonio) from Italy.

The sailors will compete for both the fleet and the match race, but also for the Portoroz Cup, which is a combination of the two events. The winner will have to defend his title next year, during the Portoroz Cup which will be held in March.

Read our interview with Russell Coutts about the RC44 here .

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