While most of the speculation about the next America’s Cup boat rule is centred on multihulls, a monohull option would certainly take inspiration from the RC44. Designed by BMW ORACLE CEO Russell Coutts and campaigned by BMW ORACLE team members, the boat was also used in the America’s Cup technical television trials recently in Valencia.
The boat is used for match racing as part of the RC44 Championship tour and can certainly be exciting in high wind conditions. This year, the class will have its inaugural World Championship in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. 13 teams will compete including two new teams.
Synergy Russian Sailing Team from Russia has been competing in the TP52 class for many years and more recently in the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Peninsula Petroleum from Gibraltar this year joined the GP42 class on the Audi MedCup.
Maxim Logutenko, Synergy Russian Sailing Team’s CEO said:
“Our involvement with the RC44 class gives Synergy Russian Sailing Team the possibility to continue its development in the new ultra-modern sailing classes. We are absolutely sure that the RC44 class is an amazing prospect and that’s why we have decided to concentrate our forces on this circuit. Besides Transpac 52 and ACC5 regattas, the RC 44 Championship Tour will be an integral part of Synergy’s development and progress. It will give Russian sailors the opportunity to train and progress at an international level.”
Synergy Russian Sailing Team was founded in 2004; its main goal is to create a group of professional Russian-speaking sailors able to compete on equal grounds with the world’s most experienced teams. The RC 44 crew will comprise entirely Russian sailors. The team’s CEO is Maxim Logutenko, a former 49er sailor, has already competed as a guest on board BMW Oracle Racing during the RC 44 Valencia Cup. Logutenko will steer the boat during the fleet regattas while Evgeniy Neugodnikov will take the helm during the match races. A recent winner of the Baltic Match Race in Helsinki, Neugodnikov, born in 1982, is one Russia’s new talents.
With Team Peninsula Petroleum owner John Bassadone was a dinghy sailor as a child, but made his come back in yacht racing four years ago; his ambition is to keep improving as a driver and make steady progress in both match and fleet races.
“I am super-excited to join this Class. Because it has many features I really appreciate such as the one design and owner-driver concepts. The quality of the participants is also tremendous, and the Class is clearly progressing.”
Russell Coutts commented:
“We are very pleased to welcome these two new teams in the RC 44 Class. The RC 44 World Championships Islas Canarias Puerto Calero Cup will be the toughest regatta in the circuit so far.”
Bertrand Favre, the RC 44 Class manager, says:
“The objective of the Class is to carry on growing in Europe, but also in the United States where we are doing a specific promotional effort and have already planned two races in December 2010 and February 2011. We are very pleased to see new teams joining the Class, and to note that the interest for our Class keeps growing.”
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