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2012 RC44 dates announced

Season to kick off in Puerto Calero

Thursday December 1st 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

One new city and four old favourites have been announced as the host venues for the 2012 RC44 Championship Tour. The competing teams will again be challenged by a mixture of lake, ocean and harbour racing in 2012.

2012 RC44 Championship Tour Calendar:

8 – 12 February Puerto Calero – Lanzarote
28 March – 1 April Cascais – Portugal
30 May – 3 June Gmunden – Austria
18 – 22 July Marstrand – Sweden
3 – 7 October Rovinj – Croatia

The 2012 Tour will start where it finished in 2011, Puerto Calero in Lanzarote, a favourite venue for the fleet and one of the best open sea sailing venues in Southern Europe.

From Lanzarote the class will head to Cascais, Portugal, a city frequented by many global sailing events including the America's Cup World Series in August 2011, the venue will be well prepared for the arrival of the RC44s.

The 2012 Championship Tour will then move on to familiar territory for third and fourth events of the season, returning to Lake Traunsee in Austria for the fifth consecutive year. Flat water, unpredictable weather conditions and a Lake that is surrounded by mountains can often catch out even the most experienced skippers.

The fleet will then head north to the sailing mecca of Marstrand Island in Sweden. In 2011 the Island provided some spectacular stadium sailing for spectators to watch and a diverse range of conditions to challenge the teams.

The final event of the Tour will be held again in the beautiful setting of Rovinj, Croatia. The fleet returns for a second year after the city proved itself a fantastic host to the Class in 2011.

RC44 Class founder Russell Coutts. ”Next year’s Tour will offer the teams 25 days of diverse and challenging racing at some very different venues across Europe. With some new teams expected to join the Tour in 2012, we are looking forward to another great year for the class.”

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