CM – Bake wins RC44 World Championship >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News


Scarlino, Italy (October 10, 2021) – The final day of the 2021 RC44 World Championship received sun and wind of 15 to 20 knots, initially from the north but to the northeast, with the defending champion from Chris Bakes Team Aqua doing strong a 1. closed -2-2 to jump from fourth place overnight and claim the 2021 world title.

Before today, the first three – Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing, Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing and Nico Poons ’Charisma with Team Aqua were five points behind today.

A win by Team Aqua in the first race to the third for Artemis Racing brought Chris Bake’s team to second place overall, two points behind Artemis before the penultimate race. In this wind change, followed by a brief lull, led Igor Lahs Ceeref powered by Hrastnik to drive almost 1 km ahead in 1860.

In this second race of the day, Team Aqua was second, but crashed to eighth place in the first run and then shot up on the left side in the next run to round the top mark in second again. They did well to hold on and 4 minutes 15 seconds after Ceeref, Team Aqua finished second, just ahead of Charisma and Artemis Racing.

At the top of the ranking, Artemis Racing and Team Aqua were tied with Charisma, two points behind in the last race.

In the tenth and final race of the series, Pavel Kuznetsovs Atom Tavatuy led around the record, while Artemis Racing finished second and Team Aqua fourth in the fight for the world title.

At the end of the run, however, Artemis and Charisma made a decisive decision on the Port-Gate brand, while Team Aqua was right. With their larger J2, like most with their J3, Chris Bake’s team benefited greatly from a right shift in the second strike that brought them to the top. They were the first to round off the record ahead of Aleph Racing, Charisma with Artemis Racing now in fourth place.

On the final run, most of the fleet jerked to port early, but halfway through the run, Charisma put a hook to the left and when the two groups met, Poons’ team halved in front of Team Aqua to win the final race by a hair’s breadth . Artemis Racing finished fifth, leaving them on the podium in third place behind Charisma.

At an award ceremony in Marina di Scarlino, Chris Bake and his Aqua team received a thunderous applause, worthy of the defending champions in one of the most competitive classes in sailing.

« It wasn’t easy, » admitted Bake. “The last run of the last race of the day and there could have been three paths between Charisma, us and Artemis Racing. It was a great day of sailing.  »

About this race, Bake said: “We took the right marker [at the lee gate] which got us into the wind a little earlier and gave us the shift and a small advantage. In the second downwind there were boats on either side of us that could have rolled us, so it was really tense.

“The 44Cup is still as hard-fought as it has ever been. To be honest, the race couldn’t be better. To be able to keep up in this class is really good.  »

Team Aqua tactician Cameron Appleton was equally enthusiastic. “In this fleet on the last day, when the pressure is high, in such conditions, with this type of fleet that was pushed hard, it was a tight sailing – to go 1-2-2 it wasn’t easy or straight forward . What a great regatta – the fleet is as tight as never before and we are very happy about the victory.

“Our start this week wasn’t great, but on the rest of the circuit we managed to do the right things at the right time. We are pleased that the guys on the boat, as always, with their familiarity and friendship, that our teamwork was in full swing and that we are pulling through.  »

The crew of Team Aqua consisted of Bake, Appleton, Andrew Estcourt, Christian Kamp, Juan Marcos, Ben Graham, Aaron Cooper and James Dodd with the coach of America’s Cup legend Rod Davis.

Artemis Racing was in World Championship winning form all week, but the chances were lost in the last race.

“We circled the left gate and the right one was better, but you don’t know that. Sometimes things go the way you want and sometimes they don’t, ”said Törnqvist. “At the finish it was almost impossible to say who crossed the finish line where, because it was so close.

« It’s going to be one of the best regattas that we will remember because it was a world championship and really good quality sailing, and it all went on until the end of the last run. »

The 44Cup will continue with the last event of the season, the 44Cup Calero Marinas Lanzarote from November 17th to 21st.

44Cup schedule 2021
19.-23. May – 44Cup Portoroz, Slovenia
June 30th – July 4th – 44Cup Marstrand, Sweden
11-15 August – 44Cup Cowes, UK
7-10 October – 44Cup Scarlino, Italy
17.-21. November – 44Cup Calero Marinas, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote

About the RC44 boat
The five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts designed the lightweight and powerful RC44 in one design in 2005 together with naval architect Andrej Justin.

Developed for top-level one-design races in international regattas under strictly controlled class rules, the concept and design features of the RC44 are aimed at the amateur helmsman with professional crews. For its thirteenth season in 2019, the RC44 Championship Tour was renamed 44Cup.

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