Today, November 15, in the Portuguese Cascais starts final regatta of RC44 Championship tour – RC44 Cascais Cup 2018. Reports Elena Tekina:
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In the difficult conditions of the Atlantic winter among the 8 participating teams from 6 countries, two of which represent Russia, will develop a sharp final fight for the championship title of the season. After four regattas of the year, the first three shared by just two points!
Topping the standings of the Russian Team Nika Petersburger Vladimir Prosikhin with Dean Barker (famous for steering American team American Magic in the next America’s Cup!) as tactics. After winning the world Championships here in Cascais, a month and a half ago, the team of Vladimir seriously determined to repeat its success in 2015 and again to win major title of the season.
Only one point in the overall results behind it the winner of the RC44 Championship tour for the last two years the Slovenian Ceeref, Igor La with Adrian Stead as a tactic. Another point less under the Monegasque flag Charisma Nico Punch with the winner of the America’s Cup by new Zealander ray Davies as a tactic.
Says the helmsman and the owner of team Nika’s Vladimir Prosikhin, the crew will try to do everything to win the season, although fully aware how difficult it would be to do it in this highly competitive and a strong Navy:
“We will do our best, but the best team win. Cascais amazing as always – the days are shorter, but all the same, the weather is glorious, very warm, but the conditions are so different! Yesterday was a real ocean weather – strong winds and two-meter roll, today is a very light Southeast wind. The mood of the team is good, guys inspired by the success of the previous regatta, and I hope that everything will be okay.”
According to Dean Barker, this week are expected to be atypical for the Cascais weather conditions, and it will make race much more difficult. “Today was very difficult in the light breeze, and we again expect light winds on Thursday and Friday. It will be a tough regatta”.
Bronenosec with Kirill Frolov on the steering wheel and tactician Cameron This representing the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg, participated in the first two regattas of the season and then won the world championship bronze takes only the 7th place in the overall. Frolov because of the large employment both missed training today, and he will now go to rush into battle. However, according to tactics, the crew is very positive and ready for new challenges, what will be a challenging weather conditions in Cascais.
“The weather will be absolutely not the one to which we are accustomed, very weak South-East wind in the early days and possible storm conditions high wave in the end of the week, believes Dunn. – What Kirill trained, of course, does not make the situation easier, but he’s a good steering and very quickly is able to turn on. In addition, here are some teams in the same situation, and we will do everything we can. Our task is to try to distill and get another good result.”
In the first day of racing is expected atypical for a sailing Mecca of the weak South-East wind, the first start scheduled for 12.00 (+3 Moscow time). To follow the races in real time on the official website of the regatta: www.rc44.com
The squads representing Russia teams:
Team Nika (RUS10)
Vladimir Prosikhin (RUS) – Owner / Driver
Dean Barker (NZL) – Tactician
Tomaz Copi (SLO) – Main trimmer
Zachary Hurst (NZL) – Headsail Trimmer
Mitja Margon (SLO) – Offside Trimmer
Sean Clarkson (NZL) – Pit
Iztok Knafelc (SLO) – Grinder
Jeremy Lomas (NZL) – Bow
Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS18)
Kirill Frolov (RUS) – Owner / Driver
Cameron Dunn (NZL) – Tactician
Alexandr Ekimov (RUS) – Main trimmer
Serezhkin Viktor (RUS) – Headsail Trimmer
Pavel Karachov (RUS) – Offside Trimmer
Pietro Mantovani (ITA) – Pit
Egor Terpigorev (RUS) – Grinder
Alex Kulakov (RUS) – Bow