Poons takes RC44 Marstrand Cup

Dutchman Nico Poons enjoys perfect finish off Sweden's west coast

Poons and his crew on Charisma triumphed at the end of a thrilling final day in the 2018 RC44 Marstrand Cup, which came down to the last run of the 12th and last race.

Poons started the day in second place, two points behind overnight leader Torbjörn Törnqvist on Artemis Racing.

But after scoring a fourth place in the first race of the day, then his third win of the series in the second heat, he just needed to finish one place behind Artemis Racing in the final race to win the title.

In the end they finished in line astern, with Charisma following the transom of Artemis Racing as they slalomed downwind.

They were sixth and fifth respectively in a race won by Team Nika, and tied on 48 points, but with Poons taking the honours on countback.

Vladimir Prosikhin, owner of third-placed Team Nika, finished the week with two excellent final races when the Russian's crew, with Dean Barker on tactics, scored a second and then a convincing final race win.

After their win in the season-opening RC44 Calero Marinas Cup in Lanzarote, Poons is now the leading skipper for the season – the holder of the "golden wheels" – with the class world championship next on the schedule in Cascais in Portugal in September.

RC44 Marstrand Cup - Final

1st Charisma (15) - Nico Poons 48
2nd Artemis Racing (26) - Torbjörn Törnqvist 48
3rd Team Nika (10) - Vladimir Prosikhin 50
4th Team CEEREF (11) - Igor Lah 53
5th BronenosecSailingTeam (18) - V. Liubomirov & K. Frolov 61
6th Peninsula Petroleum (22) - John Bassadone 63
7th Team Aqua (25) - Chris Bake 65
8th Aleph Racing (17) - Hugues Lepic 71
9th Tavatuy Sailing Team (21) - Pavel Kuznetsov86

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