RC44 class announces 2013 calendar
2013 RC44 Championship Tour Calendar:
30 January to 3 February – The Wave, Muscat, Oman
1-5 May – Sicily, Italy
25-29 June – Marstrand, Sweden
2-6 October – Cascais, Portugal
20-24 November RC44 World Championship – Puerto Calero Marinas, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
The 2013 Tour will start in Oman, the first time the fleet has visited the country which has recently been investing so heavily in reigniting its maritime history. Occupying the south-east corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman offers crystal clear water and a prevailing northeasterly wind providing great sailing conditions to kick off the season.
Another new venue to be added for the 2013 season is a soon to be announced town in Sicily, Italy. This second event, to be held in May, will be organised by Massimo and Francesco Barranco’s Vela del Sud.
June will see the Championship Tour return for the third consecutive year to the sailing mecca of Marstrand, Sweden, before heading south to Cascais, Portugal. The Class visited this latter venue for the first time in 2012 where some fresh conditions put the teams to the test. Set beside the Atlantic Ocean, the ancient fishing village of Cascais is world-famous for its spectacular and unpredictable sailing conditions.
The 2013 tour will draw to a close in Lanzarote. Returning to the Island for the sixth consecutive year the class will take in a new venue from Puerto Calero Marinas. The Calero family has created the new marina complex Marina Lanzarote, in the island’s bustling capital Arrecife. Perfectly placed for having the best racing conditions in the area, the RC44 World Championship event’s timing coincides beautifully with the traditional transat season, meaning sailors can take full advantage of the established Atlantic trade winds.
The format will remain the same with one day of match racing followed by four days of fleet racing.
With the introduction of new host venues, the addition of Pelle P as official clothing partner and with 15 of teams confirmed to compete, the 2013 RC44 Championship promises to be another exceptional year and one RC44 Class founder Russell Coutts will be keeping a close eye on, ”I’m looking forward to getting back on the Tour events next year. The Tour will have some new and exciting venues, visiting Oman and Sicily for the first time. With some new teams expected to join the Tour in 2013, we are looking forward to another great year for the class.”