2020 44Cup season cancelled
Published on August 21st, 2020
The owners and Organizing Authority of the 44Cup have officially canceled the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. After making that decision for the first three events, there was hope for the final two events in September and November but were ultimately deemed not possible due to strict travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.
“The feeling that we have made the right decision was unanimous amongst the owners,” noted RC44 Class President and owner of Team Aqua Chris Bake. “It is incredibly sad, but the reasoning is not only for the safety of the fleet and community but also because many of the crews have been racing together for so long now they have become like family. It wouldn’t be the same having so many of the key team members absent.
“That said, we are now desperate to get on the water and get back to racing. All nine of the 44Cup owners are committed to the future of the RC44 Class, and I’m sure that come the first start gun for 2021 the competition will be fierce”.
The full calendar for the 2021 44Cup will be announced in the coming weeks.
Launched in 2007, the RC44 Class was to enter its 12th season for the 5-event 2020 44Cup:
44Cup Portorož, Slovenia – April 22-26
44Cup Marstrand, Sweden – June 24-28
44Cup Cowes, UK – August 11-15
44Cup World Championship Sotogrande, Spain – September 23-27
44Cup Calero Marinas – Lanzarote, Spain – November 11-15
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.