Skunked at 44Cup Palma
Published on November 14th, 2019
Palma, Spain (November 14, 2019) – The finale of the 2019 44Cup Series will need to wait another day as winds gusting up to 40 knots and a heinous seastate out on the Bay of Palma kept the 44Cup fleet at the dock on the opening day of the 44Cup Palma. The wind began veering and dropping mid-afternoon but the left-over sea state precluded the deciding round of the 2019 44Cup from getting underway.
“Fortunately the forecast for the next few days is looking better than it did this morning,” reported PRO Peter Reggio.
“It was the right call,” said Bronenosec Sailing Team’s tactician Cameron Dunn. “The wave state out there would have been very big for these boats. For the rest of the week, it is looking promising – offshore, shifty, puffy conditions, but we should get three good days of racing and at least nine good races in.”
Team Aqua may be World Champion and current hold the 44Cup leader’s golden wheels, but Team Nika is just a point behind her overall in the 2019 44Cup. All will be decided at 44Cup Palma on November 13-17.
Launched in 2007, the RC44 Class enters its 12th season on the 44Cup, a five-stop international racing tour throughout Europe.
44Cup Events Schedule 2019
44Cup Porto Montenegro – Montenegro – April 10 to 14
Adris 44Cup – Croatia – May 30 to June 2
44Cup Marstrand – Sweden – July 9 to 13
44Cup Cascais – Portugal – October 2 to 6
44Cup Palma – Spain – Nov 14 to 17
About the RC44 boat
Five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts conceived the design of the light-displacement, high-performance one-design RC44 with naval architect Andrej Justin in 2005.
Created for top level one design racing in international regattas under strictly controlled Class Rules, the concept and design features of the RC44 are aimed at the amateur helmsmen with professional crews. For its thirteenth season in 2019, the RC44 Championship Tour was rebranded the 44Cup.