Consistency key

The second day of fleet racing took place in light winds at the Dubai RS44 Cup

Thursday March 6th 2008, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: United Kingdom
Consistency seems to be the key word to win RC 44 fleet race events. Indeed, Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano extended its lead thanks to two third, one second and a first spot in today’s races at the Dubai RC44 Cup.

The conditions were light (six to ten knots of wind) and fairly unstable, with 30 degree shifts and unpredictable puffs of wind.

The first race of the day saw the come-back of team Cro-A-Sail, finally winning a race after a long period of average results. The Croatian team was the first leader of the RC 44 Class back in 2006. With Miroslav Rejanovic at the helm, the team proved that it still has the potential to beat the best.

The second race was also a very close one, with Team Ceeref swapping the lead with Team Hiroshi-Città di Milano to finally win the race by a couple of boat lengths. Igor Lah, the team owner and helmsman confessed after the races that he was feeling much more comfortable in this sort of conditions than in yesterday’s big seas.

Race three saw another expected come-back: the one of Team Aqua, disappointing earlier in the week. The team from the UAE spent most of the race in the lead, and won with a small margin over Team Sea Dubai and Hiroshi, always pushing till the arrival line.

Armando Giulietti, the owner of Team Hiroshi-Città di Milano, finally got the bullet he deserved in the last race of the day, building up a 7 points lead over second placed Team ES Bankers Dubai. With only two more races to go - including the coastal DHL Trophy-Armando Giulietti is in a good position to win the event. The game is more open behind, with only twelve points separating Team ES bankers and sixth placed Team Aqua. No doubt the last two races of the Dubai RC 44 Cup will be intense!

On returning ashore, Armando Giulietti said, “We are extremely fast in these conditions. We worked on this over the winter, and developed some sails that are very good. Sébastien Col was very smart today, he made the right strategic choices.”

Results:


1-Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano (1, 1, 2, 4, 3, 2, 3, 1) 17 points
2-Team ES Bankers Dubai (3, 4, 1, 1, 2, 4, 4, 5) 24 points
3-Team Ceeref (5, 3, 5, 2, 5, 1, 5, 2) 28 points
4-Team Sea Dubai, (2, 2, 6, 3, 4, 6, 2, 6) 31 points
5-Cro-A-Sail (4, 5, 4, 5, 1, 5, 6, 4) 34 points
6-Team Aqua (DNF, DNF, 3, 6, 6, 3, 1, 3) 36 points

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