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RC44 Portoroz Cup - Tentative early lead for local favourites

 
Igor Lah's Team CEEREF tops the leaderboard by two points after the opening day of the RC44 Portoroz Cup in Slovenia.

Team CEEREF's crew put down an early marker to win race one, while in race two it was the turn of Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika.

While Team Nika is Russian flagged her shore manager and three of her crew are Slovenians and the owners of these two 'local' teams are generously hosting the RC44 Portoroz Cup.

Chris Bake's Team Aqua claimed the third and final race on what was generally a high scoring day across the fleet

The morning started with an unpromising forecast and the flags barely flickering in Marina Portorož, where the high tech owner-driver one designs are moored this week.

However after a delay of just 30 minutes, the on-shore west northwesterly wind filled in to 6-8 knots, ultimately enabling PRO Peter Reggio to defy the odds and successfully run three races on Piran Bay.

In the conditions both Teams Nika and Aqua scored both first and last placed finishes – Nika had the wrong mast set-up and a knotted spinnaker sheet which they had to knife in the opening race, while Aqua was OCS in the second race.

CEEREF was the only team to show some semblance of consistently high placed finishes, but at the end of today her lead is still only a meagre two points.

Due to their last place finish Team Nika ended the day third overall and on equal points with Aleph Racing, a point behind Team Aqua.

Similarly light conditions are forecast for Friday.

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