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RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Day 1

Star performer today at the 2014 RC44 Marstrand World Championship was unquestionably Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika, which won all five of her matches. Typically not all RC44 owners like to drive for the match racing and so pros are permitted to steer. However Prosikhin today was on the wheel for all five races. “I was a bit afraid of Ed Baird, but he was over early which made my life a lot easier,” he confessed of the flight five race against Synergy Russian Sailing Team.

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Team Nika’s Tactician, Terry Hutchinson, newly returned for this regatta, complemented his helmsman: “Since we’ve sailed together, this was Vladimir’s best day, with the team, the co-ordination and his smoothness sailing the yacht. We’re optimistic. Now we have to sail like this, with the same composure and demeanour on board, against 11 other boats.”

Kirill Podolsky’s Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge scored its best ever day of match racing with four wins and one loss, the same scoreline as Nico Poons’ Charisma. However Charisma, newcomer to the RC44 class this year, along with Team Aqua, were both docked one point for a collision that took place between them during their Flight 4 match.

Even newer to the class, sailing its first RC44 regatta here in Marstrand, is Artemis Racing Youth. Helm on board is Swedish businessman Gustaf Lidvall, while the Swedish America’s Cup team’s helmsman, 49er Olympic gold medallist and recently crowned Moth World Champion, Nathan Outteridge, is calling tactics.

Artemis Racing Youth got off to a good start leading around the top mark in its first two matches, only for boat handling issues to let them down. As Outteridge put it: “We made every mistake possible, but we only made them once…”

After four events, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua continues to lead the RC44 Championship Tour’s Match Racing ranking on 17 points, just one ahead of Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid Lebedev’s Synergy Russian Sailing Team, with Team Nika up to third after her performance today.

G New
13 August 2014 19:56 GMT


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