Ellison wins in Cagliari

As final day of fleet racing is canned due to a lack of wind

Monday April 27th 2009, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: United Kingdom
The wind carried on playing tricks with the Cagliari Cup organisers today. Despite a good forecast and some promising moments, Peter 'Luigi' Reggio had no other option but to send all the teams back to port at 2:30 PM when the wind failed to play ball.

Thus the winner of the fleet racing is Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle Racing has won the Cagliari RC 44 Cup for the combined fleet and match race ranking, ahead of Chris Bake’s Team Aqua and Igor Lah’s Ceeref.

“I am very happy, because it was really tough behind the wheel this week," said Larry Ellison. "The sailing conditions were tricky, but it was the same for all of us. The level in this Class is very tough, and the other owners are very experienced. The team did a great job, and Russell is a fantastic tactician.”

Coutts added: “The standard of the fleet is getting higher. Most of the teams have similar sails, and they use similar settings, which keeps all the boats very close from each other. This regatta was very difficult for the helmsmen, because of the waves and the light breeze. It is also an event that rewards the teams who work well together; those who manage to constantly adapt their settings to the mode required by the situation. I am absolutely convinced that the next regatta, on smooth water, will open opportunities to other teams.”

Team Aqua, Ceeref and Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis finish the event on a tie, with seven points each; however the fleet race results are taken into account to separate the teams on equal points, hence offering second to Bake and third to Lah.

Chris Bake, helmsman on Team Aqua said: “We were on good form and this is a nice follow through from the last event in Lanzarote. I am really happy with our team: everyone is very focused and cooperative; it’s a strong team, and we also have a very good time together. Cameron Appleton is the pillar of this team, he does a great job.”

The Cagliari RC 44 Cup has not offered a wide range of sailing conditions to the teams with all the races have taken place in less than 12 knots of wind, and often in very light conditions. Nonetheless, the races have been exciting and the teams seem to be closer than ever.

It is also interesting to note that the results are very different from the last regatta in Puerto Calero, proving that the Class’s one-design concept gives equal chances to all the teams and that the newcomers have the opportunity to get excellent results, as shown this week by the Calero brothers and their team on board Islas Canarias Puerto Calero.

The RC44 next regatta will take place in Lake Traunsee, a mountain lake located in Austria, on 27-31 May .

Final results:
(Ranking, Name of team, match race, fleet race, total points)

1) BMW ORACLE Racing, 4, 1 – 5 points
2) Team Aqua, 5, 2 - 7 points
3) Ceeref, 3, 4 - 7 points
4) Artemis, 1, 6 - 7 points
5) Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, 6, 3 - 9 points
6) No Way Back, 2, 7 - 9 points
7) Team Sea Dubai, 8, 5, – 13 points
8) Team Organika, 7, 8 – 15 points
9) Team Austria, 9, 9 - 18 points

Fleet race, final results after four races:

(Ranking, name of team, helmsman, results, points)

1) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 3, 1, 4, 1 – 9 points
2) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 1, 4, 1, 3 – 9 points
3) Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, José Juan Calero, 2, 3, 5, 4 – 14 points
4) Team Ceeref, Igor Lah, 4, 2, 7, 2 – 15 points
5) Team Sea Dubai, Yousef Lahej, 5, 5, 2, 7 – 19 points
6) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 7, 6, 3, 5 - 21 points
7) No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 6, 9, 6, 8 - 29 points
8) Team Organika, Maciej Nawrocki, 9, 7, 9, 6 – 31 points
9) Team Austria, René Mangold, 7, 8, 8, 9 - 32 points

Match-race, final results after 9 flights:

1) Artemis, Dean Barker, 9/0, 9 points
2) No Way Back, Philippe Presti, 6/3, 1 penalty, 5 points
3) Ceeref, Sébastien Col, 6/3, 1 penalty, 5 points
4) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 5/4, 5 points
5) Team Aqua, Cameron Appleton, 4/5, 4 points
6) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, José Juan Calero, 2/7, 2 points
7) Team Organika, Karol Jablonski, 2/7, 2 points
8) Team Sea Dubai, Markus Wieser, 2/7, 2 points
9) Team Austria, Christian Binder, 1/8, 1 point

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