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    RC 44's in Miami










    Appleton lead’s Bake’s entry to match racing season championship

    Chris Bake’s Team Aqua, led by New Zealand skipper Cameron Appleton, today won the match racing portion of the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami.

    The close victory over Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis Racing, led by American skipper Terry Hutchinson, also gave Team Aqua the season championship under the match racing format.

    “It’s a great testament to the team and the work Cam has done,” said Bake, who’s been in the class since its inception. “He’s been consistent all year, especially on the match racing side. It makes me proud to see them win today.”

    Hutchinson and Artemis won the start of the race, but Appleton was able to get to the right side of the racecourse and then used the advantage of starboard tack to gain control of the match near the first mark.

    Team Aqua then fended off repeated challenges from Artemis to grab the double championship.

    “Terry did a nice job in the pre-start and won comfortably, but we broke free and took advantage of a right shift the guys saw, and that was the difference,” said Appleton.

    “Winning the match racing championship is a big highlight of the year. We feel we sailed well all year and the guys on board have done a fantastic job. It’s a strong crew to sail with,” Appleton said.

    Hutchinson, known for his succinctness, summed the final up in one sentence: “We won the start, let him get to the right, and that was that.”

    With the finish Artemis moved into second place in the match racing season championship, leap-frogging BMW ORACLE Racing, which placed sixth today and fell from a tie for first to third overall.

    “We’re out there trying to do the best we can each race and whatever happens happens,” said headsail trimmer Ross Halcrow. “It was unfortunate we made a couple of unforced errors at the start of the round robin and that’s put us where we are.”

    In other racing today Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino finished third with a victory over Synergy Russian Sailing Team, which placed fourth. Team Sea Dubai placed fifth by beating BMW ORACLE Racing in a close match.

    RC 44 World Champion James Spithill guided the yacht 17 to a win over No Way Back to place seventh and relegate No Way Back to eighth.

    Katusha beat Ceeref in the race for ninth and 10th, class newcomer Ironbound finished 11th with a win over Peninsula Petroleum, and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero returned from a broken mast on the first day to defeat AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team to place 13th.

    Although Bake watched his crew win the title from off the boat, he’ll be at the helm for the upcoming fleet racing and finds great pleasure in setting aside his day-to-day worries for a brief time.

    “For me, with limited time away from work and great passion for sailing, I can’t think of a better format to come out and test my skills,” said Bake, who’s been in the class since Day 1. “I have a challenging time on the water and a sociable and enjoyable time off it. We all have a lot on, but when I step on the boat I park my day-to-day things and focus on the boat and getting into gear, and that feels great. There’s nothing quite like it. It’s got me hooked.”


    ORACLE RC 44 Cup Match Racing Final Standings
    1. Team Aqua (UAE) Chris Bake/Cameron Appleton
    2. Artemis Racing (SWE) Torbjorn Tornqvist/Terry Hutchinson
    3. Mascalzone Latino (ITA) Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni
    4. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS) Maxim Logutenko/Evgeniy Neugodnikov
    5. Team Sea Dubai (UAE) Harm Müller-Spreer/Markus Wieser
    6. BMW ORACLE Racing (USA) Larry Ellison/Russell Coutts
    7. 17 (USA) William Douglass/Jimmy Spithill
    8. No Way Back (NED) Pieter Heerema/Ray Davies
    9. Katusha (RUS) Guennadi Timtchenko/Paul Cayard
    10. Ceeref (SLO) Igor Lah/Rod Davis
    11. Ironbound (USA) David Murphy/Ian Williams
    12. Peninsula Petroleum (ESP) John Bassadone/Inaki Castaner
    13. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) Daniel Calero/Jose Maria Ponce
    14. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team (AUT) René Mangold/Christian Binder

    RC 44 Match Racing Season Standings
    1. Team Aqua – 10 points
    2. Artemis Racing – 12 points
    3. BMW ORACLE Racing – 14 points
    4. Team Sea Dubai – 22 points
    5. No Way Back – 23 points
    6. 17 – 24 points
    7. Katusha – 30
    8. Ceeref – 33
    9. Mascalzone Latino – 45 points
    10. Islas Canarias – 45 points
    11. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team – 48 points
    12. Synergy Russia Sailing Team – 52 points
    13. Peninsula Petroleum – 59 points
    14. Ironbound – 61 points


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    Paul Cayards Final Report

    RC44 Oracle Cup - Miami

    12 December 2010



    Three races were held today off Miami's South Beach. The winds were 14-22 knots from the West which made it very shifty and tricky as this meant the wind was coming off the shore.

    It was a mixed bag in the results with Katusha and Artemis each winning one of the three races.

    Katusha ended up 7th in the fleet racing, one place behind Cereef. This means we tie for this event, but they win the tie breaker. Then, we tie with them for the year, and they win that tie breaker.

    Artemis ended up 5th in the fleet racing and a very credible 2nd overall in this Miami event and a very good 3rd overall to BMW ORACLE Racing and "17" for the season.

    So, that is the end of the 2010 sailing season. Very busy....maybe too much so at times.

    Artemis is continuing with our Extreme 40 training for a few more days down here in Miami.

    Next season will see Artemis and Katusha continuing with the RC44 circuit beginning in San Diego in early March. We will also be racing on the Extreme 40 circuit which begins mid March in Oman.

    For complete results fo to www.rc44.com

    Merry Christmas to all.

    Paul
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    © Nico Martinez / RC44 Class Association




    © gilles martin-raget / bmw oracle


    Larry Ellison and his BMW ORACLE Racing crew wrapped up the 2010 RC 44 Season Championship with a second-place finish in the fleet racing portion of the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami.

    Coupled with the team’s sixth place in the match racing portion of the regatta, BMW ORACLE Racing placed fourth overall in the Miami regatta, which equated to a 2-point victory over Artemis Racing for the season championship.

    “We were up and down. We’ve had good regattas and sometimes things didn’t go so well, but overall the team did a great job sailing,” said Ellison. “We came first in fleet racing and first overall. We had a rough match racing regatta here in Miami, but the fleet was good enough and we’re happy with the result.”

    Ellison and crew, including tactician Russell Coutts, finished 3-4-3 today but had to pull a few rabbits out of their collective hat.

    They started one race early and found themselves constantly battling back on a day with very shifty winds. In particular they gained a few places in the last half of the runs to the finish that kept their score low enough for the championship.

    “We do better when it’s breezy,” said Ellison. “There are more opportunities to pass downwind. I’ve got a lot of experience sailing on San Francisco Bay and we love the breeze.”

    While Ellison got the spoils for the season championship, Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino won the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami title.


    © gilles martin-raget / bmw oracle


    Mascalzone Latino showed great improvement at this regatta after rejoining the class in July. The Italian crew placed third in both the match and fleet racing for the overall victory with the low score of 6 points.

    “Winning this event is special meaning for me because the past three years have been difficult for me in my life and in sailing,” said Onorato, a six-time world champion in yacht racing.

    “Russell asked us to come back to the class and we couldn’t be happier with this result. We’ve worked hard to regain our form and we will do our best in the future to perform in this class,” Onorato said.


    © gilles martin-raget / bmw oracle


    Yet a third winner today was William “Doug” Douglass aboard the RC 44 World Champion yacht 17. Douglass, sailing with Australian James Spithill as tactician, won the fleet racing portion of the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami with the low score of 39 points.

    “The class seems extremely well organized. It was good, we had a lot of fun out there,” said Douglass, a veteran of the Farr 40 and Melges 32 classes. “Today was a little windy and we saw how the boats could get wicked up and go.”


    © gilles martin-raget / bmw oracle

    The 2011 RC 44 Season Championship begins in March in San Diego, Calif.


    RC 44 2010 Season Championship
    1. BMW ORACLE Racing (USA) Larry Ellison/Russell Coutts – (8)-1-1-4-2-4 – 12 points
    2. Artemis Racing (SWE) Torbjorn Tornqvist/Terry Hutchinson – 1-(8)-4-2-5-2 – 14 points
    3. 17 (USA) William Douglass/James Spithill – (11)-3-5-3-1-3 – 15 points
    4. No Way Back (NED) Pieter Heerema/Ray Davies – 2-2-3-5-3-(6) – 15 points
    5. Team Aqua (UAE) Chris Bake/Cameron Appleton – 4-6-2-1-(8)-5 – 18 points
    6. Team Sea Dubai (UAE) Harm Müller-Spreer/Markus Wieser – 3-4-6-7-6-(9) – 26 points
    7. Katusha (RUS) Guennadi Timtchenko/Paul Cayard – 6-5-(8)-6-4-8 – 29 points
    8. Ceeref (SLO) Igor Lah/Rod Davis – 5-7-7-(9)-7-7 – 33 points
    9. Mascalzone Latino (ITA) Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni – 11-(12)-12-11-9-1 – 44 points
    10. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) Daniel Calero/Jose Maria Ponce – 7-9-10-8-(11)-11 – 45 points
    11. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team (AUT) René Mangold/Christian Binder – 9-10-9-10-10-(14) – 48 points
    12. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS) Maxim Logutenko/Evgeniy Neugodnikov – 11-12-12-(13)-13-10 – 58 points
    13. Peninsula Petroleum (ESP) John Bassadone/Inaki Castaner – 11-12-12-(13)-12-12 – 59 points
    14. Ironbound (USA) David Murphy/Ian Williams – 11-12-12-13-(15)-13 – 61 points
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