RC44 gets ISAF blessing
The RC 44 Class Association is to have its first World Championship on 11-16 October in the Canary Islands. Hosted by Puerto Calero, the event is officially endorsed by the International Sailing Federation.
“This is an important step for us”, comments the RC 44 Class Manager, Bertrand Favre. “Over the past two years we have consistently organised races involving ten or more strict one-design RC 44’s representing ten countries. This number is due to increase over the coming months and the recognition by the International Sailing Federation comes as an acknowledgement of the hard work we have put into the development of this Class.”
The first official RC 44 World Championship will bring together twelve RC 44s in the Canary Islands. “It will be the second time that we welcome the RC 44 fleet in Puerto Calero”, says event organiser Daniel Calero. “We are very proud to welcome the world’s best sailors to our venue. The fact that this event is the official World Championship is a great bonus for us as the event organisers, and a fantastic achievement for the Class.”
The RC 44 Championship Tour consists of six international regattas per year. A professional Race Committee manages the on-the-water operations, while direct umpiring is coordinated by world class yacht racing judges.
The fourth season of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 started in Dubai with the Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy and on Lake Traunsee with the RC 44 Austria Cup. The Tour’s next stopovers will be the RC 44 Copenhagen Cup over 8-13 June and the RC 44 Valencia Cup over 27 July to 1 August.
The RC 44 World Championship in Puerto Calero will be an integral part of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010. Three world championship titles will be awarded during this event; the RC 44 fleet race, match race and overall title. The points attributed towards the overall Championship Tour will have the same value as in the other regattas.
After the RC 44 World Championship, the RC 44 fleet will be shipped across the Atlantic for the season’s last regatta, the RC 44 Miami Cup, on 7-12 December.
Twenty two RC 44 one-designs have been built to date. One of them has just been shipped to the US in order to be showcased to the American sailing audience before the first ever RC 44 regatta to be held in the USA.