Croats win the day
Chris Bake’s Team Aqua started the day with an 11 point lead over Igor Lah’s Team Ceeref. However, a fifth place in the first race quickly diminished the Team Aqua’s strong lead. It was Patrick de Barro’s new team, ES Bankers (Dubai) Ltd that won the race, their first bullet in this event. As tactician Dean Barker predicted, the newest addition to the fleet has shown steady improvement since Tuesday.
Typical of the region, the winds dropped for the second race putting the owners and guest helmsmen to the test. In race two it was Team Ceeref that had an excellent start and led the fleet around the course. As the winds dropped and shifted considerably, the fleet caught up with Team Ceeref and it was a battle for second place. It was however, Miroslav Reljanovic’s Team Cro-A-Sail that demonstrated their local knowledge beating out the others for an impressive second place finish.
Miroslav Reljanovic of Cro-A-Sail later commented: “Our tactics were good today, but we experienced a few problems in the first race. In the second race, we had a pretty good start – we were on the right side of the line and the course. We have had a few changes in the team that we are accommodating. We need to continue to sail together more.”
The Slovenian team Ekipa44, helmed by Samo Potokar, showed the steady improvement over the course of the regatta finishing in third place overall.
For the first time the RC44 fleet will compete in tomorrow’s Barcolana. Lining up on the start line with more than 1,500 boats including the likes of maxis Alfa Romeo and Maxijena, the RC44s' ability accelerate quickly will be key.
As the teams pack up, the festivities are about to begin and the RC44 Trieste Cup Prizegiving will kick off this evening’s programme.
The next and final stop on the RC44 Championship Tour is Dubai, where the teams will compete in the RC44 Gold Cup hosted by the Dubai International Marine Club.
Overall Fleet Racing Results - Provisional Ranking – no discard
1) Team Aqua (2,1,4,1,2,1,5,4) 20 points
2) Team Ceeref (3,5,1,5,1,7,3,1) 26 points
3) Team Ekipa 44 (7,4,3,6,4,4,2,5) 35 points
4) Team Omega (1,2,7,3,9,5,4,8) 39 points
5) Team ES Bankers (5,6,2,7,3,10,1,7) 41 points
6) Team Mascalzone Latino (8,9,10,2,8,2,6,3) 48 points
7) Team Cro-A-Sail (6,3,6,4,10,8,9,2) 48 points
8) Team Beecom (9,10,5,10,5,3,7,6) 55 points
9) Team Magia (4,8,9,8,6,6,8,10) 59 points
10) Team Organika (10,7,8,9,7,9,10,9) 69 poin