RC44 schedule announced for 2014
Venues for the eighth season of the RC44 Championship Tour have been confirmed. Two new venues will make their debut, alongside three RC44 favorites.
Making its debut, the 2014 RC44 Championship Tour will kick off in Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands where it will be hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda out of their new clubhouse on the Caribbean island. Racing on one of the world's greatest stretchs of water, the Francis Drake Channel south of Tortola, the teams can expect a regular 15-20 knots of breeze in crystal clear waters. Although there will still be one day of match racing followed by four days of fleet racing, the format will be adapted to include a long distance race around Virgin Gorda on the windward side of which, the RC44s will feel the full brunt of the Atlantic.
April will see the fleet return to Europe as the Clube Naval de Cascais host the second event of the Tour in the bay of Cascais, Portugal for the third year.
Also making its debut on the 2014 Tour is the Andalusia town of Sotogrande close to Gibraltar and Marbella.
August will be the fourth year the RC44 Class has returned to the heart of Swedish sailing, Marstrand, with the event doubling as the class' World Championship. The fleet will then make their winter migration to the Omani port of Muscat for the final event of the season.
The 2014 RC44 Championship promises to be another exceptional year and RC44 Class founder Russell Coutts will be keeping a close eye on it: ”I’m looking forward to getting back on the Tour next year. We have some great venues lined up and the competition within the fleet is phenomenal, the Class is growing stronger every year.”
2014 RC44 Tour Schedule:
12 – 16 February – Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
23 – 27 April – Cascais, Portugal
25 – 29 June - Sotogrande, Spain
13 – 17 August – Marstrand, Sweden
19 – 23 November – Muscat, Oman