Optimism for 44Cup 2021

Published on January 25th, 2021

After needing to cancel the 2020 season due to COVID-19, the 44Cup is ready to launch into 2021 with a five event schedule and a full fleet of nine boats.

The 2021 season will open once again May 19-23 in Portoroz, Slovenia. Hosted for the first time in Portorož town centre, the teams will be moored on the main town pier with the racecourse set against the backdrop of the walled historic town of Piran.

Following the season opener, the fleet will move on to Sweden for event two in Marstrand on June 30 to July 4. Home of Artemis Racing, this is a firm favourite venue on the 44Cup calendar thanks to it being the sole stopover in Scandinavia and its usually excellent conditions.

The 44Cup Cowes will debut August 11-15 on the Isle of Wight as part of a busy summer schedule of racing, taking place during the week after Cowes Week and the Rolex Fastnet Race start. The 44Cup race course will be set each day in the eastern Solent by the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron, with a start or finish each day signaled by the Squadron’s famous cannon.

Another new venue for the fleet in 2021 will be Marina di Scarlino, Italy. Located just a few kilometres from the island of Elba, Yacht Club Isole di Toscana lies at the heart of culturally rich Tuscany and will host the 44Cup for the first time on October 6-10. The Gulf of Follonica and its natural parks surrounding the marina help create a mild microclimate with ideal wind and sea conditions for sailing in any season.

To close the 2021 season, the 44Cup will travel south to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands for the Calero Marinas 44Cup hosted by Puerto Calero on November 17-21.

2021 44Cup Schedule
May 19-23 – 44Cup Portoroz, Slovenia
June 30-July 4 – 44Cup Marstrand, Sweden
August 11-15 – 44Cup Cowes, UK
October 6-10 – 44Cup Scarlino, Italy
November 17-21 – 44Cup Calero Marinas, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote

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. https://www.44cup.org/

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