The final stage of RC44 Championship Tour will take place from 14 to 18 November in the Portuguese Cascais.
Although contenders for the main prize are considered five of the eight teams that will take to the start, the leaders of the tour so far is the Russian Team Nika’s Vladimir Prosikhin with Dean Barker as a tactic.
“Nike” this year failed for the third time in a row to win gold at the world championship in class RC44, which was held in September in the same Cascais. If the team manages to win the entire competition series of the class, it will be a complete and unconditional triumph. However, the competition is high as always.
Their main rival in the upcoming competition is likely to be the team with Charisma , Nico Punom (Nico Poon) on the steering wheel. It is interesting that as a tactic, Charisma is a former comrade Barker and team Emirates Team New Zealand’s ray Davies (Ray Davies). Now this command takes the third place in the standings.
“Between winning and losing is a very fine line because the competition is incredibly intense. We’re just trying to focus and not make too many serious mistakes,” says Davis.
The upcoming Grand final promises to be no less exciting than the previous stages of the Championship Tour. On the wind RC44 turn into a real rocket on the water, but they will face the powerful ocean surf waves that the famous waters of Cascais. Probably, in these conditions, “missiles” will have to try yourself in the role of submarines.
“The conditions are awesome. All smiles when out to sea. I think, in the previous steps we accelerated to 23.5 knots. And it was great,” said Barker.
Other rivals of the Russians will be the Team CEEREF of Slovenia (second place in the standings). For a place on the podium Championship Tour will also fight the British Team Aqua (fourth place), the Swedish Artemis Racing (fifth place). From the current three leaders they are separated by two or three points.
As a special guest of the final of the race will take part the head Mirpuri Foundation Mirpuri Paulo (Paulo Mirpuri). In the last Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018, he, along with skipper Di Caffari (Dee Caffari) were in the squad Turn the Tide on Plastic, by promoting sustainable development. Although Mirpuri great experience coastal races on a variety of yachts — monohull and Multihull from the Olympic classes like the Laser, to a cruising yacht during the championship round of the yachtsman for the first time, try your hand as a member of the team RC44.