Warming up for Lanzarote

First RC44 regatta of 2009 gets going next week

Thursday February 19th 2009, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: United Kingdom
The RC44 fleet is back in action, with the season’s first regatt, athe Puerto Calero Islas Canarias RC 44 Cup, starting on Wednesday 25 February.

Organised by Puerto Calero, a real estate development on Lanzarote's seafront, the RC 44 Cup will follow the normal format, beginning with two days of match racing, followed by three days of fleet racing. The DHL coastal race will take place on Sunday, counting for double points.

Two new teams join the Class for this regatta. Led by Pieter Heerema, No Way Back has been training hard over the winter in Copenhagen, in sometimes sub-0°C temperatures. Philippe Presti is the team’s pro skipper and helmsman for the match races. He will also advise Heerema and be tactician during the fleet races. Other members of the team include America’s Cup sailors Yann Gouniot and Christian Scherrer, as well as the 49er Olympic Gold medallist Martin Kirketerp and other Scandinavian sailors.

Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero will have two boats sailing under its colours next week, with Carlos Morales and Olympic champion Luis Doreste sailing on board ESP 2 for the first time whilst José Juan Calero and Spanish match-race champion José Maria Ponce will share helming duties onboard ESP 1.

Also new on the circuit, Karol Jablonski - helmsman of the Spanish team Desafio during the last America’s Cup – joins the Polish team Organika, who will undoubtedly benefit from Jablonski’s huge experience in match racing. As for Sébastien Col, the match race world champion, he will sail the Puerto Calero Cup on board the 2008 champion Ceeref, replacing James Spithill for this regatta before joining K-Challenge’s new RC 44 in Cagliari.

The RC 44 Class is pleased to announce that the media and the public will from now on have the opportunity to follow the races more closely, even if they don’t travel to the events.

The teams involved in the Puerto Calero RC 44 Cup:
Ceeref, Igor Lah / Sébastien Col
Team Aqua, Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton
Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist / Dean Barker
BMW ORACLE Racing, Russell Coutts
ESP-1 Islas Canarias Puerto Calero – José Juan Calero / José Maria Ponce
ESP-2 Islas Canarias Puerto Calero – Carlos Morales / Luis Doreste
Team Organika - Maciej Nawrocki / Karol Jablonski
No Way Back - Pieter Heerema / Philippe Presti

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