Eight regatta schedule

Program for 2007 announced for RC44

Thursday March 22nd 2007, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: Mediterranean
The RC 44 Class Association has introduced an innovative sailing tour for 2007. Eight events will make up this year's championship with the first regatta scheduled in Portoroz, on 29 March-1 April.

The 2007 circuit will visit Slovenia, Croatia, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates. The RC 44 regattas include an exciting combination of fleet racing (owner driver rule) and match racing (no helmsman limitation), with two rankings and one overall result. Other features such as direct umpiring for the fleet races, leeward gates during the fleet and match racing series and short courses mixed with some short coastal racing will enhance the level of the competition.

"We want to provide a variety of formats and deliver value to our owners and partners," comments class manager Julien Di Biase. "We have negotiated a formal agreement with all the venues, in order to deliver the best value to the teams. As a consequence, the Class is able to provide many benefits to its members including free travel lift or crane, dock space and storage, builders and suppliers active assistance, discounted rates for hotels and there are no entry fees to the regattas. During the races, invited guests or media can ride on the boats and enjoy the racing from a unique perspective."

Seven teams from six nations will start in the Portoroz regatta. 12 boats have been built to date and there are two licensed building facilities, Pauger Carbon in Budapest and V1 Technologies Dubai.

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