RC44's 10 boat line-up
The Cagliari Cup will start on Wednesday April 23 with the match racing event. After a full round robin, hopefully completed in two days, the team owners will take the helm for three days of fleet racing. A coastal race - the DHL Trophy - will take the fleet around the Gulf of Salinas. The winner of this race will be awarded with the DHL Trophy, while the points of the regatta will be combined with the fleet race ranking.
Team Hiroshi - Città di Milano (Armando Giulietti and Sébastien Col), current leader of the Championship Tour, will face a strong opposition. Racing in the class for the first time this season, Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino (with pro skipper Jes Gram Hansen) will lead the charge alongside Team Ceeref (Igor Lah/James Spithill), unbeaten in the match racing for the last two events.
Russell Coutts will be sailing as tactician on board P-18, the latest RC 44, fresh from the yard. Also in Cagliari with great ambitions, Chris Bake and Cameron Appleton - winners of the 2007 Championship Tour - are looking for revenge after a disappointing result in the Dubai RC 44 Cup. Last but not least, triple Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie will discover the RC 44 yachts on board Patrick de Barros’s Team ES Bankers Dubai.
Other teams will look for precious points on the Championship Tour, such as DIMC’s Team Sea Dubai with Marcus Wieser at the helm, Maciej Nawrocki’s Team Organika with another Olympic Champion at the helm, Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Isao Mita’s Team Beecom (JAP).
The RC 44 fleet is currently on its way back from Dubai. The boats will reach Italy (La Spezia) on April 9 and will be transported to Cagliari thanks to Moby Line.
The teams involved:
Team Hiroshi - Città di Milano, Armando Giulietti / Sébastien Col
Team Omega, Patrick de Barros / Ben Ainslie
Team Aqua, Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton
Team Ceeref, Igor Lah / James Spithill
Cro-A-Sail, Miroslav Reljanovic / Morten Henrikson
Sea Dubai, DIMC, Markus Wieser
Team Beecom, Isao Mita / Kevin Harrap
P–18, Russell Coutts
Team Organika, Maciej Nawrocki / Mateusz Kusznierewicz
Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato / Jes Gram Hansen